Oxford City U18’s maintained their 100% record as they clinched the Allied Counties Youth Football League Premier title yesterday afternoon, beating North Greenford United 6-1 at Marsh Lane.
The young Hoops won all 11 of their league games, scoring 61 goals in the process, in a season where they also picked up the Allied Counties League Cup.
City put in a dominant second half display yesterday to ensure that they would walk away with the title after the game, therefore not requiring their final match which was originally due to be played tomorrow evening.
Dan Collins had the ball in the net after just two minutes for City, however his effort was ruled out after he timed his run slightly too early and was deemed offside.
Both sides got forward well in the opening half an hour, the Hoops earning chances through John O’Donoghue, whose effort from the edge of the box went just wide of the post, before Kyreece Martei had an effort cleared off the line right on the 30-minute mark.
They were awarded a glorious chance to take the lead just two minutes after. Noah Alabi was fouled on the by-line, inside the box, referee John Okole pointing towards the spot. Henry Landers stepped up for the spot kick, however visiting stopper Alex Gibbs guessed correctly to keeper the City striker’s effort out.
Both sides then had efforts to break the deadlock with just four minutes of the first period remaining. It was North Greenford who had the first chance, a ball over the City defence found it’s way to Dillon De Abajo, whose first-time effort across goal beat both posts.
The Hoops had greater luck just one minute before the break. Martei showed his pace down the right wing as he accelerated past his man, before cutting the ball back to Landers on the edge of the box who finished expertly into the far corner.
Landers turned provider for City’s second goal on 64 minutes. The striker cut back a long pass to substitute Nathan Baker who confidently stroked into the far corner from the edge of the six-yard box.
The young Hoops only had to wait a further three minutes to add to their tally. Collins beat the offside trap as he was played 1-on-1 with the ‘keeper, before slotting under the onrushing stopper to give City a three-goal cushion.
This cushion only lasted one minute however as North Greenford got a goal back. A shot from outside the box came off the post, which Joe Mills controlled, shuffling onto his right foot before smashing the ball home.
City were able to restore their three-goal cushion a quarter of an hour from the end as Landers this time beat the offside trap before smashing across the keeper into the far corner.
There was still time for two more goals in the final 10 minutes. Peter Kabria grabbed the Hoops’ fifth as Landers played the ball to him for a simple clip over Gibbs.
Collins joined Landers on two goals right at the end of the 90 as he once again raced clear of the defence, slotting under Gibbs once again.
This brought an end to a very successful season for Oxford City U18’s, who have won everything there was to offer from the Allied Counties League.
Last Wednesday they lifted the League Cup as they beat Bracknell Town 5-4 on penalties following a 3-3 draw after extra-time.
Between the league and cup, the young Hoops have won all of their 17 matches this season - two of these victories coming after tense penalty shootouts. Their domination of the Allied Counties league is a sign of great things to come from this talented group of youngsters and we look forward to seeing them progress through the ranks at the club.
Updated 21:32 - 14 Jun 2018 by Oxford City FC