League Two

April 20, 2013


Oxford United

3 - 0


League Two

14:00 +00:00, April 20, 2013

The Kassam Stadium, England

Referee: S Rushton

U's end season on a high

Three fine second-half strikes enabled Oxford to end a disappointing home campaign on a high as they ran out 3-0 winners over Rochdale.

Andy Whing converted Deane Smalley's right-wing cross to give goalkeeper Josh Lillis no chance with a brilliant close-range scissor kick eight minutes into the second half.

James Constable, who had come on as a half-time substitute, lashed in a second from Jon-Paul Pittman's pass for his 13th goal of the season.

And Alfie Potter made it three in stoppage time, chipping deftly over Lillis after a quick break that began from a dreadful Rochdale corner.

The impressive finishes were out of character with a tepid affair between two mid-table teams whose hopes of reaching the play-offs had disappeared some time ago.

Smalley went close with a powerful angled drive in the second minute that Lillis beat out, and Potter screwed his follow-up shot wide.

Dale, who had come into this game on the back of just one defeat in nine, threatened only fleetingly.

George Donnelly had an early opportunity with a free header at the far post from Bobby Grant's cross, but he nodded tamely into the arms of keeper Luke McCormick.

Michael Rose's ambitious 22-yard volley from a corner cleared the bar by some distance, and young sub Reece Gray fired into the side netting.

Scoring Summary

Oxford United Rochdale
Andrew Whing (53') 
James Constable (76') 
Alfie Potter (90')