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30 October 2021 Venue Unavailable Attendance

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Bournemouth U18
3 - 3
Oxford United U18
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James' Debut Joy

Defender James Golding looks to end a good week with a win after senior debut

29 October 2021

Oxford United’s under 18s travel to Bournemouth tomorrow in the EFL Youth Alliance.

For central defender James Golding it’s a chance to end a week he will never forget on a high. James, 17, made his senior debut on Tuesday night, coming on a a sub to help the U’s to a 3-2 win over Spurs Under 21s in the Papa John’s Trophy.

“It was a very proud moment for me“ he said. “I knew I was in the squad on Monday and that is obviously great experience. There were a few nerves the night before but then Craig Short told me to get warm because I was going on.

"Originally I was going on for Jamie Hanson at left back because he was playing his first game back and needed to come off, but then Luke McNally got sent off and there wasn’t much time to think about it, I was on at centre-half.

“John Mousinho was alongside me and that helped but my first touch was under pressure from a forward and I just cleared my lines! Not the most cultured first touch on my debut but I am a defender and the priority was to get the ball away from danger!

“I enjoyed it and was still buzzing after the game. I got so many messages and and a lot of people were really pleased to see me get my chance. I want to thank everyone for those messages.

“But it’s just one game and I want to learn from it and try and be involved as many times as possible. All I can do is keep learning, keep working hard and do my best in the youth team, starting at Bournemouth on Saturday.”

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REPORT Bournemouth U18 3 Oxford United U18 3

Two goal Coe as United draw at the Cherries

1 November 2021

Oxford United’s under 18s were left frustrated when a last gasp equaliser denied them a win at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday morning.

Having gone 2-0 down before the break to a Marcus Daws free kick and a Ben Winterburn volley United hit back when Elijah Coe crossed from the left and Adam Smith sidefooted home to make it 2-1.

Coe then levelled and when the same player again crossed and the ball was touched past his own keeper by a Bournemouth defender with five minutes to go it looked like the U’s had completed an amazing comeback

However the Cherries kept going and Michael Dacosta Gonzalez levelled in the last minute to leave both sides with one point.

“It was an excellent game” Chris Hackett told us. “There is a lot to admire in the way we came back from 2-0 against a strong Bournemouth side who we always seem to have these sort of games against.

“The first half wasn’t great but we reacted well and were excellent after the break. We said at the break that if we got the next goal we would have that momentum. At 3-2 we thought we had done it but they applied a bit of late pressure and that’s something we will talk about as well: you can’t stop doing what got you ahead in those circumstances.

“In the end it was a bit strange: happy with a point from 2-0 down but frustrated not to win when we were ahead after 89 minutes.

“Now we move on to the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday when we play Sutton Common Rovers at Oxford City. That’s a competition we always want to do well so hopefully a few fans will come along and cheer the boys on.”

United v Bournemouth
Barnsley, Sankoh, Owens, Masters, Golding, Nosakhare, Davis-Stephenson (O’Donkor 60), Anifowose, Smith (Elliott-Wheeler 85), Johnson (Tiamuna 60), Coe

Subs not used: Brearey, Giles


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