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Oxfordshire FA Senior Cup Final

Kidlington 0 Ardley United 4 (report by Nick Farrant Oxford Mail)
Ardley United lifted the Oxfordshire Senior Cup for the first time with a comfortable 4-0 win against Kidlington at the Kassam Stadium. Goals from Jon Gardner, Callum Convey, Troy Bryan and Steve Howkins sealed victory for Kevin Brock’s side. The win was no more than Ardley deserved in the first all-Uhlsport Hellenic League final since 1985. ollie stanbridge ardley OFA cup -credit oxford mail

Both teams struggled on a pitch made difficult by torrential rain, though it was Kidlington who started the brighter. Ardley suffered an early blow when top-scorer Ryan Brooks limped off with a recurrence of a groin injury. But they started to get a grip on the game, with Brooks’ replacement Troy Bryan causing trouble with his pace.

And the former Banbury striker was involved when Ardley went ahead on 20 minutes. He broke down the left before cutting the ball back for the on-rushing Jon Gardner to smash past Matt Hyslop in the Kidlington goal from just outside the area.

Five minutes later, Ardley doubled their lead when Callum Convey let fly from 20 yards into the top corner. They almost added a third goal minutes later, but Bryan failed to get a proper connection with his header from Gardner’s left-wing corner.

Kidlington tried to get back into the game, but Ardley’s defence held firm. Kevin Brock’s side were making use of the wide pitch, with Gardner creating problems down the left.

After the break, Ardley kept up the pressure and went 3-0 up on 49 minutes, though there was an element of good fortune. A great ball from Bridges found Gardner who broke into the area and although Kidlington’s Danny Mason got there first, he was unable to prevent Bryan poking in the loose ball from close range.

Ardley were in complete control and Bryan should have got his double when he broke down the right before cutting inside only to fire over when he should have found the target. Substitute Harry Brock was inches away from connecting with another Gardner cutback on 65 minutes, before Stevie Howkins warmed Hyslop’s hands with a firm drive from outside the area.

ardley united OFA cop winners 2014 - oxford mailOn 73 minutes Ardley made it 4-0, with Gardner involved again. He charged into the area before his cross was smashed home at the far post by Howkins.

At the other end, Ardley keeper Jack Harding made a point-blank save from Lewis Coyle on one of Kidlington’s rare forward forays.

Gardner should have made it 5-0 when he broke through on goal, but his chipped effort was easily held by Hyslop as Ardley lifted the cup for the first time.

Kidlington: Hyslop, C Weedon, Geary (Turner 77), Rice, Mason, Cassetarri (Bone HT), Duerden (Woodbridge 69), Brownhill, Boxer, Coyle, Castle. Subs not used: Mills, Sanders.

Ardley Utd: Harding, Smith (McIntosh 74), Kinch (Brock 29), Convey, Thomas, Jackson, Stanbridge, Bridges, Brooks (Bryan 4), Gardner, Howkins. Subs not used: D Beckett, A Beckett.

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Presidents Reserves Challange Cup - Final (played at Binfield FC)

Ascot United Development 2 Bracknell Town Reserves 3 (away view)
Fifteen years. That is a long time for a senior club to wait for some silverware but Bracknell Town Reserves ended the barren spell tonight as they won the President’s Division Two Challenge Cup.

Trailing 2-1 at half time, Jake White popped up with two goals in four minutes to ensure it was the Robins who partied into the night whilst Ascot United ‘Dev’ had the horrible position of being runners up.

Ebby Opoku-Ware headed Kennie Chamberlain’s early right wing cross wide whilst Jordan Rowland saw his effort blocked by Ryan Cooper.

Arafat Kabuye – the most impressive Ascot player – pulled his shot and captain Dan Sleet was just able to turn the ball behind with striker Ricky Harvie lurking at the far post.

United opened the scoring on fifteen minutes through former Bracknell player Richard Mills. His goal-bound header struck full-back Louis Wilson but Mills shot was bound for the back of the net anyway.

The Larges Lane side looked for an immediate response and Dan Money’s shot rebounded to Tom Williams but his header struck the crossbar.

Williams drew his side level in the 26th minute as he headed home Rowland’s free-kick at the far post.

Steve Curtis ensured Ascot retook the lead on 31 minutes as he was unmarked to head in at the back post.

Half Time:     Ascot United ‘Dev’ 2 – 1 Bracknell Town

The first 25 minutes of the second period saw very little chances of note aside from a Kabuye shot at goalkeeper Josh Baker after cutting inside Rowland.

White scored his first on 75 minutes as Rowland’s free-kick was headed across goal by Williams and White was in the right place to head into an empty net.

Gary Andrews was the villain in the 78th minute as his poor pass only picked out Opoku-Ware who was able to slide the ball through to White and he slotted beyond Matt Hill from sixteen yards to cue mad celebrations in front of the Robins dugout.

White was then denied his hat-trick as a great Ross Miller block saw the ball hit the side-netting.

United had one last chance in stoppage time as Kabuye drilled an effort through a crowded area from twenty yards but Baker tipped it over as Bracknell went wild at the final whistle which came shortly after.

From all of us at Larges Lane, thanks to the Hellenic League and to Binfield for their excellent hosting of the showpiece and an extra big well done to ground staff Mickey Baldry and Bobby Ellis for ensuring the final went ahead.

Possibly the most famous president of all time – Mr. John F. Kennedy – said ‘Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men’ and this is exactly what Bracknell did showing tremendous resolve and character to come from behind and win the cup.

Full Time:      Ascot United ‘Dev’ 2 – 3 Bracknell Town

Bracknell Town: Josh Baker, Louis Wilson, Jordan Rowland, Tom Williams, Sam Tighe, Dan Sleet, Dan Broadbear (Grant Goodband 86), Dan Money, Jake White, Kennie Chamberlain (Jamie Osborn 57), Ebby Opoku-Ware. Subs not used: Luke Angel, Chase Jacobs, Du’val Wallace-Clarke.


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