Oxford Sunniside 4
Banbridge AFC 1
Oxford opened the scoring on 35 minutes from a slow build up down their left and with a couple of unchallenged one-twos and they cut easily through the AFC ranks, to take the lead 1-0.
All too often this season AFC have been beaten mentally, and, after such a positive start, going down 1-0 meant that their heads dropped.
This seemed to be the case again as within a minute of the restart AFC found themselves 2-0 down, despite their best efforts the Oxford frontman was too strong and quick, and finished well.
Even with a five man midfield there seemed little protection for the AFC back line.
However with the long serving Gary Spiers trying to rally the troops and ever vocal Mark Rooney putting in an honest hard working performance, much to the managers delight the AFC players showed they were not going down without a fight.
Excellent work by both AFC wingers, who combined well to pull one back on the 56th minute.
A lovely floated ball from Neil McCullough to the back post, saw Brendan Donaghy head it back across the goal for McCullough to rifle a superb volley into the back of the Oxford net 2-1, game on!
For the remainder of the game AFC pressed hard and looked more than capable of scoring again.
The short trip to Lurgan may well have taken its toll, as once again AFC tired conceding a slack goal on the 70th minute whilst searching for an equaliser, and again with five minutes left.
Strong and promising performances from the lone frontman Rooney, left back Spiers and the goalscorer McCullough helped AFC take some positive from the game but young Donaghy on the wing was AFCs best player on a disappointing day.