April 1, 2013
Sub fires Shots to victory
Jeff Goulding came off the bench to score the winner for bottom-of-the-table Aldershot as the League Two strugglers moved to within two points of safety with a last-gasp 3-2 win over Oxford.
Paul McCallum scored early on for the home side and Craig Reid's penalty doubled the lead four minutes after half time.
The visitors scored through a Scott Davis free-kick, and despite Michael Raynes' red card soon afterwards, substitute Jon-Paul Pittman grabbed an equaliser five minutes from time.
However, Goulding headed in an 87th-minute winner from Danny Rose's free-kick to end the Shots run of six games without a victory.
McCallum gave Aldershot a controversial lead when the assistant referee adjudged that he had bundled Reid's cross over the line despite Damien Batt's attempted clearance.
Peter Vincenti could have made it 2-0 in the 24th minute after a marauding run but goalkeeper Luke McCormick blocked his shot.
Neither side could take advantage of six minutes of injury time after Aaron Morris was carried off on a stretcher after 18 minutes. But when Liam Davis brought down Morris' replacement Adam Mekki after 49 minutes, top scorer Reid dispatched the penalty.
Tensions mounted afterwards as Reid was booked while celebrating the goal and Raynes picked up his own booking for a foul on Reid.
Former Shot Davis's free-kick from just outside the area got Oxford back in the game but Raynes was sent off after receiving a second yellow for cynically bringing down Reid.
And although they thought they had saved a point through Pittman, Goulding was on hand to give the hosts a much needed victory.
|Aldershot Town||Oxford United|
|1 Ross Warner||24 Luke McCormick|
|19 Terrell Forbes||16 Andrew Whing|
|3 Anthony Tonkin||6 Jake Wright|
|2 Ben Herd||4 Michael Raynes|
|11 Peter Vincenti||2 Damian Batt|
|4 Aaron Morris||8 Simon Heslop|
|23 Sonny Bradley||26 Liam Davis|
|24 Asa Hall||14 Sean Rigg|
|31 Daniel Rose||27 Scott Davies|
|20 Craig Reid||29 Tom Craddock|
|15 Paul McCallum||15 Alfie Potter|
|29 Glenn Morris||Max Crocombe 31|
|6 Oliver Lancashire||Luke O'Brien 23|
|33 Jordan Robertson||Harry Worley 22|
|12 Oliver Risser||Callum O'Dowda 35|
|28 Kieron Cadogan||Josh Parker 25|
|17 Adam Mekki||James Constable 9|
|26 Jeff Goulding||Jon-Paul Pittman 11|
|Adam Mekki for Aaron Morris (18)||Luke O'Brien for Sean Rigg (9)|
|Jeff Goulding for Paul McCallum (64)||James Constable for Simon Heslop (46)|
|Jordan Robertson for Craig Reid (89)||Jon-Paul Pittman for Luke O'Brien (62)|
|Craig Reid (50)||Michael Raynes (52)|
|Michael Raynes (78)|
|· Squads: Aldershot Town | Oxford United|