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Kidlington (at Oxford City)
Banbury United
Full time
R Johnson (57'), L Howards (112')
Wed 4 Apr 19:30 - Cup Attendance 180

Kidlington 3 Banbury United 2

Two goals in the second period of extra time take Kidlington through to the Senior Cup final.

Kidlington began the game well and in the fifth minute Jack Harding was called into early action, making a decent save from a Darius Browne shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Kidlington would continue to have the better of the game as the half developed.

In the 22nd minute a Duran Martin free-kick from just outside the Banbury penalty area went just inches wide of the upright.

At this point, Banbury finally began to get to grip with proceedings. In the 28th minute a Tom Winters shot from the edge of the Kidlington penalty area was punched away by Sam Warrell in the Kidlington goal.

Banbury now started to dominate the game and put Kidlington under some strong pressure but were unable to find a way through with Kidlington defending gamely.

However, with just three minutes to go to the interval, Luke Carnell was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Martin down by the corner flag. It looked as though United would be faced playing the rest of the game with a man disadvantage but remarkably just two minutes later, it was ten versus ten as Ban Brown pulled Elliot Sandy back when the United striker got ahead of the Kidlington defender and having already been booked, he was duly dismissed from the field.

The last action of the half saw Charlie Wise get onto the end of a Winters free-kick ten yards out but the United central defender was unable to keep his shot down and it went well over the bar.

After a rather uneventful opening to the second half, it would be Banbury who would make the breakthrough on 57 minutes when Winters put the ball into the centre from the left with Ricky Johnson heading the ball down at the far post eight yards out wide of Warrell and into the back of the net.

Kidlington though responded well to going behind and were soon pushing forward, putting Banbury under pressure in search of an equaliser. In the 67th minute United did go close to extending their lead when a Jack Finch shot from 20 yards scraped the outside of the post but the lower level side were having much the better of the game.

In the 77th minute, United were indebted to Jack Harding for keeping them ahead when he made a fine save from a Martin free-kick from the edge of the penalty area, diving at full stretch to his left to palm the ball away which looked destined for the top corner of the net.

Kidlington always looked likely to find an equaliser which on the balance of play they deserved. With just two minutes to go it looked like United would manage to hold out but then a corner from the left led to a scramble around the Banbury six yard box and James Organ was on hand to knock the ball home to tie the game up at 1-1.

In the fifth minute of stoppage time, it looked for just a moment as though United had snatched a late winner when Johnson struck home a Winters free-kick but the Assistant Referee raised his flag for off-side.

Kidlington had the better of the first period of extra time but the score remained 1-1 at the turnaround.

Three minutes into the second period of extra time though and Kidlington would go ahead when a long ball pumped down field saw Mark Janes get ahead of the Banbury defence and he superbly brought the ball down at the 12 yard line and with excellent control then stroked it past Harding.

Four minutes later though and Banbury equalised when substitute Leam Howards was brought down inside the penalty area after he had been put through by Winters, the United striker getting up to take the spot-kick himself which he duly slotted past Warrell.

But United were only back on level terms for two minutes as a corner from the left saw Harding unable to hold onto the ball in the six yard box and the ball went into the net off Charlie Wise, a goal which would prove enough to take Kidlington through to the Senior Cup final where they will meet Oxford City.

It was a disappointing night for United but over the 120 minutes, it was a win that Kidlington deserved.

Banbury United: Jack Harding, Paul Stonehouse, Tom Bradbury, Jack Self, Charlie Wise, Luke Carnell, Amer Awadh (Sam Humphreys 54), Jack Finch, Ricky Johnson, Elliot Sandy (Leam Howards 63), Tom Winters. Subs (not used): Ryan Macdonald, Jamie Heapy, Charlie Barnett.

Kidlington: Sam Warrell, Eddie Odhiambo, James Organ, Ben Brown, Harry Whitehead, Elliot Osbourne-Ricketts, Declan Benjamin, Lewis Gabbidon, Anaclet Odhiambo, Duran Martin, Darius Browne. Subs (used): Mark Janes, Lance Williams, Lewis Coyle. Subs (not used): Mark Bell, Jack Quainton.

Attendance: 180

Key moments

57:00
Goal Ricky Johnson scores for Banbury United
112:00
Goal Leam Howards scores for Banbury United

Highlights

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112:00 Goal 0 - 2
Leam Howards scores for Banbury United
End of period 2
63:00 Sub On
Leam Howards is substituted on for Banbury United
63:00 Sub Off
Amer Awadh is substituted off for Banbury United
57:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ricky Johnson scores for Banbury United
54:00 Sub Off
Amer Awadh is substituted off for Banbury United
54:00 Sub On
Sam Humphreys is substituted on for Banbury United
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  • Kidlington (at Oxford City)
  • Banbury United
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  • Amer Awadh Sub Off 54:00'
  • Sam Humphreys Sub On 54:00'
  • Ricky Johnson Goal 57:00'
  • Leam Howards Sub On 63:00'
  • Amer Awadh Sub Off 63:00'
  • Leam Howards Goal 112:00'

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