Report: Oxford United 2-0 Maidenhead United
Posted on 4th November 2023
Reece Brown summed up the action from our Emirates FA Cup First Round clash against Oxford United.
The Magpies FA Cup journey came to an end as they fell to a 2-0 defeat away at League One side Oxford United.
Alan Devonshire made 3 changes to his side that beat Eastleigh at home last weekend, as James Golding, Brad Keetch and Chanka Zimba made way for Zico Asare, Kane Ferdinand and Tobi Sho-Silva.
After an uneventful start to the game, the hosts took the lead on the 15-minute mark as after a quick sequence of passing, Billy Bodin found himself unmarked in the box and his right-footed effort went in off the post.
Maidenhead had their first chance 10 minutes later after Jayden Mitchell-Lawson intercepted a pass deep into the Oxford United half, Reece Smith then picked up the ball, and dribbled past 2 defenders but his cutback was cleared.
The Magpies then had a golden chance just minutes later, as Sho-Silva drove down the right wing, picked out Mitchell-Lawson, but the winger couldn’t steer his effort on target.
Maidenhead kept pushing for an equaliser, and just after the half-hour mark, it almost came. Beckwith curled a free kick in and the ball evaded everyone in the box and just went wide of the goal.
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson had another great chance 5 minutes before half time, after finding space on the edge of the penalty area, his powerful effort was pushed away well by Simon Eastwood.
HALF TIME - Oxford United 1 - 0 Maidenhead United
Alan Devonshires' side started the second half strongly and had a number of chances to level the score in the opening 5 minutes. Alan Massey, Reece Smith, and Tobi Sho-Silva all had chances of their own but were unable to beat Eastwood in the Oxford goal.
The hosts had a chance to kill the game with 10 minutes remaining, as Tyler Goodrham floated a ball into the box, but Bodin didn’t get enough on his header to trouble Craig Ross.
Bodin would eventually double his and Oxford's tally minutes later, as he was played one-on-one, Craig Ross saved his first effort but the rebound fell nicely for the forward who poked home into an empty net.
FULL TIME - Oxford United 2 - 0 Maidenhead United
Oxford United - Simon Eastwood, Jordan Thorniley, Elliott Moore, Josh McEachran (McGuane 71’), Cameron Brannagan, Mark Harris (Rodrigues 60’), Billy Bodin (Perkins 83’), Greg Leigh (Brown 71’), Stan Mills (Murphy 60’), Tyler Goodrham, Stephan Negru
Maidenhead United - Craig Ross, Zico Asare, Will De Havilland (Massey 46’), Remy Clerima, Sam Beckwith, Kane Ferdinand (Johnson 85’), Casey Pettit, Reece Smith, Ashley Nathaniel-George (Omilabu 85’), Jayden Mitchell-Lawson (Adams 75’), Tobi Sho-Silva (Parsons 67’)
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