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Owusu's free-kick not enough as Maidenhead United lose to Oxford City in FA Trophy

Maidenhead United 1, Oxford City 2 (AET) 

Maidenhead United took the lead through Nana Owusu’s stunning free-kick, missed a penalty, and hit the woodwork twice as they crashed out of the FA Trophy to Oxford City last night.

After three and a half hours of football, City eventually claimed their place in the second round and will travel to Maidstone United for that tie on Saturday.

United can count themselves a little unfortunate to have exited the competition after Kabby Tshimanga netted the second of his brace in extra-time.

Josh Kelly was the first to go close for the Magpies, skimming the crossbar with a strike from 10 yards in the 10th minute. The hosts hit the frame of the goal again in the 21st minute when James Akintunde rose highest to head against the outside of the post.

However, they drew first blood in this rescheduled tie in the 53rd minute when substitute Owusu thumped a brilliant free-kick beyond Craig King’s reach.

The Hoops responded within minutes when Fasanmade won a penalty after being brought down in the box and Tshimanga kept his cool to send Carl Pentney the wrong way from the spot.

The Magpies were then awarded their first penalty kick this season in the 63rd minute, but Ryan Upward, returning from injury, saw his spot-kick saved by King down to his right. A superb last ditch tackle denied Akintunde a few minutes later while Harold Odametey stung the palms of King from 20-yards.

The Magpies best chance to book their place in the next round came in the 86th minute when James Comley picked out Seth Twumasi on the right edge of the area but the full-back leant back and blazed the chance over the bar.  

The Hoops looked the fresher side heading into the extra 30 minutes and snatched their second in the 99th minute when Fasanmade’s snap-shot produced a fine save from Pentney onto the post only for the lurking Tshimanga to turn the ball home.

It’s perhaps apt that Tshimanga’s brace should win it for the Hoops for it was his goal that had City ahead in the original tie before it was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch with just over 10 minutes to play.



Maidenhead United: Pentney, Steer, Odametey, Kilgour, Alves (Obileye 79’), Comley, Kelly (Owusu 45’), Twumasi, Akintunde (Clerima 105’), Upward (Keetch 89’), Massey.

 Attendance: 352


Other results:

Slough Town 0, Bath City 0


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