The Reserves were in the Wilmour Johnston Memorial Cup action this weekend, and welcomed Oxford Sunnyside Reserves to the Arena. Oxford sit top of their league and presented a good challenge for Town, who’s recent results haven’t been up to scratch.
Oxford settled the quicker of the sides, and several of their experienced players dictated the play in the middle of the park. They opened the scoring when a set piece wasn’t cleared and the ball was poked home at the far post. They almost doubled their lead before half time but Tyler Boyce made a great penalty save.
The second half started the same as the first, Oxford settled quicker and they made it 2-0. Up to this point Town were not in the game but the goal seemed to finally ignite a fire into the team. The lads responded well and started to dominate the midfield, pushing the team further up the pitch. Jack McNally pulled a goal back with a great strike that thundered in off the underside of the crossbar.
Town tails were up and pressure started to tell. Davy Trainor worked his way into the box and was upended giving Matt Irvine the chance to equalise. The penalty was smashed into the top corner by the top scorer. Extra time was looking a real possibility but neither team wanted that, and both were pushing for the winner in normal time. With 3 minutes left Town won the game when a long throw routine saw Irvine flick on to Boyce, who took and touch and turned to fire home a great finish.
A good local derby win for the lads, the desire shown to come back from two goals down was excellent. The performance wasn’t vintage however, and that needs to improve as we try and end what has been an excellent 2016 on a high.
Team: Boyce, McIvor, Parks, Freeburn, Wing, James McNally, Stokes, Trainor, Irvine, Devlin, Jack McNally
Subs: Black (McIvor), Boyce (Devlin), Bunting (Stokes)