Woodcote/Stoke Row youngsters suffer cup final heartache
WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW U16s put up a spirited battle in the Oxfordshire Cup final at Thame United’s
WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW U16s put up a spirited battle in the Oxfordshire Cup final at Thame United’s ASM Stadium on Sunday, but two Clanfield goals in the last 10 minutes finally shattered their hopes of bringing the cup back to South Oxfordshire.
Woodcote started the game slowly and in the early exchanges looked a little nervous. Clanfield were on the front foot and from a cross on the right a well taken finish put them 1-0 up after some sloppy Woodcote defending.
From this point on Woodcote started to get a foothold in the game and push Clanfield back and after James Spruyt broke down the left he forced the defender into a mistake and forced an own goal to level the scores.
The rest of the half ebbed and flowed with neither side really taking control and the goalkeepers were largely redundant.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first with lots of nervous play and not too much quality. Woodcote did force a couple of good opportunities, the first with Adam Fearnside breaking down the left and crossing for James Spruyt who failed to make contact. The second saw substitute Salhin Abubaker burst down the right before squaring for Ben Young who blazed over after a bad bobble.
With only eight minutes left extra-time looming, Clanfield scored with a goal worthy of winning any final. When Woodcote cleared away a corner there seemed to be no danger, but the ball fell perfectly for the Clanfield player who hit it first time and it flew into the top corner off the underside of the bar from all of 25 yards out. This knocked the stuffing out of Woodcote and from a defensive mix up a soft third goal was added into the bottom left hand corner.
Woodcote kept going and pulled one back late-on. From a cross, a defensive mix up saw Leon Mansary pounce to make it 3-2, but it was too late as the final whistle soon followed.