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FA Youth Cup Report: Exeter City 2-1 Oxford United

18 November 2015

Line-Ups

Exeter City: Keadell, Egan (capt), Hartridge, Merritt, Storey, Down, Smallcombe, Richards (Grimes 86'), Seymour, Collins (Hargreaves 66'), Rosenwald (Rehemi 76'). 
Subs: Rogers, Williams.
 
Goals: Seymour 6', 35'
 
Oxford United: Agboola, Diaz-Benitez, McCormack, Carroll (capt), Hawtin, Humphries, Baptiste, Hastings (Deacon 83'), Napa (Bryan 74'), J. Graham, Jeacock.
Subs: Tuttle, Hartley, L. Graham.

Goals: J. Graham 42'


Report

BEN SEYMOUR's first-half brace was enough to see Exeter City into the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup.

Kyle Egan captained the Exeter City side, with Ben Seymour, who scored two goals in the First Round at Bournemouth FC, starting. Fellow goalscorers Max Smallcombe, Frank Rosenwald and Will Richards were also in from the off, while Mustafa Rehemi, who also scored in the First Round and who has featured for the Under-21s at St James Park this season, started on the bench. 

It was just six minutes into the match that City took the lead. After a very underhit backpass from Oxford captain Canice Carroll, Ben Seymour pounced, taking the ball into the area before finishing past visiting goalkeeper Emmanuel Agboola. The lead was doubled as Seymour again found the target, this time coming after the U's had made a series of good blocks following a City corner, but Seymour scored at the culmination of the pinball in the Oxford box.

The second half was given a more interesting look as George Jeacock pulled back for Jordan Graham to fire one back for the visitors.

HALF-TIME: EXETER CITY 2-1 OXFORD UNITED

City spent much of the second period under the kosh, with the visitors probing consistently towards the end. Kavanagh Keadell saved well from Canice Carroll's header as the defender looked to atone for his first-half error which led to the first City goal, while Max Smallcombe brought a top save from Emmanuel Agboola at the other end.

Oxford looked dangerous after the late introduction of Graham Bryan off the bench, but despite them coming within inches of an equaliser deep into second-half stoppage-time, it was Exeter City who booked their place in the Third Round, where they will host Bolton Wanderers.

FULL-TIME: EXETER CITY 2-1 OXFORD UNITED

Attendance: 209

Man of the Match: Ben Seymour

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