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South West Counties Youth Championship Final

Match Report

Cornwall FA 2-3 Oxfordshire FA

On a very bright sunny day at St. Blazey AFC, Oxfordshire started very slowly after their long journey to Cornwall early Saturday Morning. After 6 minutes Cornwall took the lead with a header from a left sided cross giving Matthew Crowther no chance. (1-0). Both sides were playing attractive football with the play switching end to end. Oxfordshire were getting into some very good positions but were unable to deliver the final shot, this due to Cornwall blocking shots on several occasions. However on 35 minutes Oxfordshire fell further behind when a misplaced pass found the Cornwall forward in space to score from 10 yards (2-0). This remained the score at half time. Oxfordshire could count them themselves very unfortunate to be down as they had a very high percentage of play without finding the net.

In the second half Oxfordshire were determined to counter quickly by changing their attacking formation and these tactics paid off after 61 minutes when Henry Landers scored from close range after good approach play by Dan Collins. (2-1), this just after Cornwall had struck the Oxfordshire goalpost and then was hastily cleared.

With Oxfordshire in the ascendancy they equalized on 66 minutes when a pass over the top was slotted home from 15 yards by Tobias London. (2-2). Game on and Oxfordshires tails were up. On 69 minutes Oxfordshire took the lead after Henry Landers returned the favour for Dan Collins to slot home (2-3). Cornwall heads were down, although with still 20 minutes to play the match was still end to end with neither side being able to apply the final touch. This was an excellent advert for Youth Football and a credit to the Oxfordshire players who gave there all.

This is the very last County Representative match to be played  and we are considered as a Top Four County Team in the in the Country. This is also down to the coaching skills of Rob Tutton and Paul Mulvany.