A strong rearguard action was the key to victory as Clanfield overcame Oxford City in the FA Youth Cup. The home side made the most of some lax defending from The Hoops, ending the game with four goals despite seeing significantly less of the ball.
The Hoops started strongly with Dan Collins going close twice, first glancing a header narrowly wide before driving an effort over from range.
It was, however, Clanfield who took the lead against the run of play. An incisive attack down the right saw the ball find its way to their 11 on the edge of the area and he made no mistakes, planting the ball beyond Liam Smith's outstretched right hand.
Despite trailing, City continued to press and made the most of Noah Alabi's blistering pace on the left wing as he continually got the better of his marker. His low ball into the area just before the half hour mark required a firm clearance and another minutes after fell to Collins who was unfortunate to see his shot blocked.
The breakthrough finally came with just over 5 minutes of the half remaining, Alabi once again the thorn in Clanfield's side as he burst in from the wing and won a penalty. Henry Landers stepped up confidently, finding the bottom left hand corner to level the scores.
It took only one second half minute for Clanfield to strike again, their number 9 making the most of a yard of space on the edge of the area to curl the ball past Smith and into the far bottom corner.
Alabi continued to terrorise the hosts' defence, reaching the byline before pulling the ball back for Collins whose well struck effort forced a magnificent reflex save from the 'keeper.
Despite seeing very little of the ball, Clanfield extended their lead in the 58th minute. A long range effort from their 11 took a harsh deflection, looping over Smith and into the back of the net.
The two goal lead allowed the hosts to sit back more, but Alabi once again broke through to set up Landers for a neat finish on the turn to bring City back within a goal of parity. Substitute Kyreece Martei could have levelled from the edge of the area almost straight from the restart but put his shot straight down the keeper's throat.
With The Hoops forced to commit an ever increasing number of players to attack, Clanfield were able to put the game to bed in the 88th minute when a good cross from the left was nodded home at the back post.
Updated 20:37 - 14 Oct 2017 by Oxford City FC