April 27, 2013
Three and easy for U's
Oxford finished the season off in style with a third successive victory as they ran out 3-0 winners at 10-man Accrington.
Neither side had much to play for with United outside the play-off places and Stanley safe from relegation - and the first half felt like that.
In an opening period of few chances, nine-goal Lee Molyneux fired wide while Michael Liddle was denied by Oxford goalkeeper Max Crocombe.
Oxford's best efforts fell to winger Alfie Potter, who volleyed wide, while Sean Rigg's fierce shot was kept out by Stanley's Paul Rachubka on the stroke of half-time.
It was Leeds loanee Rachubka's last save of the season as highly-rated teenager Andy Dawber came on at the break.
However, James Constable fired low past him into the net for his 14th goal of the season from 12 yards out after 64 minutes having latched on to Potter's pass.
And three minutes later Constable was judged to have been fouled in the area by Peter Murphy, leaving Deane Smalley to send the ball into the bottom corner of Dawber's net.
Winger Molyneux saw a straight red after 89 minutes for a late challenge on Potter on the wing and, in the final minute, Oxford broke through and unmarked Sean Rigg tapped the ball home from eight yards out.
|Accrington Stanley||Oxford United|
|1 Paul Rachubka||31 Max Crocombe|
|2 Peter Murphy||5 Michael Duberry|
|6 Dean Winnard||16 Andrew Whing|
|3 Michael Liddle||4 Michael Raynes|
|26 Tom Aldred||2 Damian Batt|
|4 Luke Joyce||26 Liam Davis|
|24 Lee Molyneux||14 Sean Rigg|
|27 Anime Linganzi||27 Scott Davies|
|10 Will Hatfield||9 James Constable|
|33 Romuald Boco||10 Deane Smalley|
|23 Padraig Amond||15 Alfie Potter|
|22 Andrew Dawber||Luke McCormick 24|
|16 Nicky Hunt||Tony Capaldi 17|
|12 George Miller||Sam Long 30|
|21 James Beattie||Simon Heslop 8|
|9 Francis Jeffers||Callum O'Dowda 35|
|7 Craig Lindfield||Jon-Paul Pittman 11|
|17 James Gray||Tyrone Marsh 28|
|Andrew Dawber for Paul Rachubka (46)||Simon Heslop for Damian Batt (50)|
|Francis Jeffers for Will Hatfield (60)||Tyrone Marsh for Deane Smalley (71)|
|James Beattie for Michael Liddle (70)||Sam Long for James Constable (87)|
|James Constable (58)|
|Simon Heslop (78)|
|Lee Molyneux (89)|
|· Squads: Accrington Stanley | Oxford United|