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Under 18s - Match centre

Bugbrooke St Michael's
Banbury United Under 18's
Sat 6 Apr 10:30 - League Full time

Bugbrooke St Michael v Banbury United Under 18's

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Banbury Under 18's finished their season in disappointing fashion with a 4 - 1 defeat away at Bugbrooke St Michael. The pitch did not make for a good game of football. The first-half saw both sides struggling to create clear cut chances, but Banbury looked in control of the game despite this. Ryan MacDonald's pace up front along with Josh Wynne were not getting a lot of joy from the Bugbrooke defence who marshalled them well. Huw Reece and Aodhan O'Sullivan were trying to get forward to support the attack, but had to be mindful of the threat Bugbrooke posed on the wings where one of their players looked dangerous and Aodhan, especially had his hands full keeping him quiet. Banbury's also did well in keeping chances for Bugbrooke at a minimum with Charlie Page and Harry Gardner putting in their usual consistent performances in the centre of defence. It was all square at the break at 0 - 0. The second-half started in the worse possible way when within 2 minutes of the restart Bugbrooke had a corner which was swung in for their player to head home. The hope was Banbury could respond positively as in other games this season. However, their task was made harder when soon after Bugbrooke were awarded a penalty. Initially everyone thought the Referee had given a free kick to Banbury as it looked like a foul on our player, but he pointed to the spot apparently for a push on a Bugbrooke player before. The spot kick was taken and Banbury found themselves 2 - 0 down. It is difficult to say whether this did affect the players, but it did seem to result in Banbury losing control of the game for a while. Bugbrooke scored a third half way through the second half when one of their players raced on to a through ball and slotted it past Charlie Barnett in the Banbury goal. To Banbury's credit they kept going and were given a slim piece of hope when Lewis Dear headed in neatly from close range with just under 10 minutes to go, but that hope was extinguished when Bugbrooke scored a fourth near the end. Despite the result in their final game it looks as if Banbury Under 18's will finish 9th in the league of 35 teams, so overall a satisfactory season.

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