Oxford City Under 18s were narrowly beaten in the Joe Roughton U18 County Cup, slipping to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Clanfield 85.
Defender Harvey Savin's 36th minute header was enough to secure the win in a game where both sides were left cursing their luck in from of goal
The match began as a cagey affair with neither side willing to risk too much going forwards. The first sniff of goal fell to City as Henry Landers' free kick curled tantalisingly out of his teamates' reach.
Moments later, Ben Barratt tried his luck from range but saw his driven effort pass wide of the post.
Whilst the Hoops had the lion's share of the possession, Clanfield always looked dangerous on the break and found the net with their first effort on target as Savin rose highest to slam the ball home.
Minutes later, the City defence was forced to scramble another goalbound effort off of the line but took advantage of an opportunity to break, Craig Fassanmade eventually seeing his shot deflected wide.
The second half began as the first half ended as Tobias London's long range shot was spilled by the Clainfield 'keeper and Landers' follow-up was hooked off of the line.
The Hoops then had a let-off of their own in the 56th minute. Clanfield captain Zak Oliver turned on the style in the box, flicking the ball over his man's head before smashing his shot off of the underside of the bar. His side were able to recycle possession, working the ball back into the middle from where he blazed over.
With a quarter of an hour remaining, City once again began piling on the pressure. Clanfield failed to clear a corner and Hasnain Nadeem took aim from 6 yards, once again beating Andy Hunt only to be denied by a defender on the line. Hunt's also saw his blushes spared in the 88th minute as he misjudged a free kick, spilling the ball and forcing goalscorer Savin to put the ball behind from under his own crossbar.
With City pushing for an equaliser they began to be left short-handed at the back. The remaining defenders did exceptionally well to stop a 5 on 2 break, eventually seeing a loose pass through to goalkeeper Liam Smith.
Updated 20:30 - 10 May 2017 by Oxford City FC