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Kick off 11:00 (UK)

06 November 2021 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Oxford United U18
3 - 1
Newport County U18
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PREVIEW Oxford United U18 v Newport County U18

Young U's return to league action

5 November 2021

Oxford United’s under 18s return to league action this Saturday when they welcome Newport County under 18s to the Oxford Sports Park in the EFL Youth Alliance South West Division.

The U’s were convincing winners in midweek, beating Sutton Common Rovers to progress in the FA Youth Cup but striker Adam Smith is well aware that the players need to quickly switch their attention.

“It was a good win and I thought we did well, but that’s gone and we move on to the next game and need to concentrate on Newport and the league” he said after the game on Wednesday.

Smith, who celebrated his 18th birthday with a goal on Wednesday, also scored in last Saturday's 3-3 draw at Bournemouth in the league and coach Chris Hackett told us

“We have scored seven now this week but defensively we have also been pretty good this season, which is pleasing. We haven’t conceded too many in the league but we just need to guard against any sort of reaction after the cup game. The lads did well and were very professional, so now they need to keep those standards high and make sure we are right for Saturday".

Kick off is at 11am at the Training Ground and we’ll have a report and reaction right here plus highlights in iFollow.


United's under 18s have been drawn to play away at Reading City in the next round of the FA Youth Cup. We will have full details once a date for the game is confirmed.

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REPORT Oxford United U18 3 Newport County U18 1

Under 18s beat Newport

6 November 2021

Oxford United's Under 18s built on their FA Youth Cup success in midweek with a 3-1 win over Newport in the EFL Youth Alliance this morning.

An Elijah Coe penalty followed up by two goals for striker Gatlin O’Donkor sealed the points for United.

United took the lead after 12 minutes when they were awarded a penalty. O’Donkor appeared to be tripped but stayed on his feet but the referee still gave the spot kick and
Coe stepped up and buried his penalty into the corner even with the keeper going the right way.

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The game turned scrappy although United did miss chances to double their lead through Josh Anifowose and Adam Smith who both went close. And that was costly when Newport levelled the game with a superb, lobbed finish from 25 yards which found its way past Eddie Brearey oi his return to the side after injury

United restored their lead when Anifowsoe drove into the box and squeezed the ball to O’Donkor who finished calmly. Coe then went close to getting his second before half time but had an effort well blocked.

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United continued to press forward looking for the third goal after the break. Smith went close, twice drawing saves from the keeper and O’Donkor had a shot on the turn but his effort curled just wide of the far post.

United did get their third when O’Donkor headed in from close range after Smith’s effort rebounded back off the post to the striker.

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A good win and United keep the pressure up on the leaders.

Brearey, Watt, Golding, Zabeli, Sankoh, Masters, Johnson, Anifowose (Tiamuna 66), Coe (Davis-Stephenson 73), O’Donkor, Smith.

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