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Merstham 0-5 Oxford United

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FA Cup: Merstham 0-5 Oxford United highlights

League One Oxford United eased to victory at seventh-tier Merstham in the FA Cup first round.

Alex MacDonald's firmly struck free-kick gave the visitors an early lead and Josh Ruffels headed in a Marvin Johnson cross just before the break.

U's keeper Simon Eastwood had to get down well to stop a deflected Dan Hector effort before Kane Hemmings finished well after being played in.

Tyler Roberts made it 4-0 from a tight angle before Hemmings tapped home.

Merstham, from the Isthmian League Presmier Division, attracted a crowd of 1,920 for the game - about 10 times their normal home attendance.

They played with spirit throughout, but Dan Bennett's tap-in, which was disallowed for offside, was the closest they came to a consolation goal.

Line-ups

Merstham

  • 1Wilson
  • 2Abnett
  • 5OkoyeBooked at 25mins
  • 6Douglas
  • 3Campbell
  • 16Addai
  • 8Kavanagh
  • 4SamuelsSubstituted forFolkesat 54'minutes
  • 11HallBooked at 53minsSubstituted forHectorat 53'minutes
  • 32VidalBooked at 38minsSubstituted forHenriquesat 65'minutes
  • 7Bennett

Substitutes

  • 9Folkes
  • 12Hogan
  • 13Smith
  • 15Hopkinson
  • 17Hector
  • 20Bailey-Allen
  • 26Henriques

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 8Sercombe
  • 6Martin
  • 33Dunkley
  • 28Johnson
  • 23Ledson
  • 21RobertsSubstituted forRothwellat 69'minutes
  • 11MacDonaldBooked at 29mins
  • 14Ruffels
  • 20Taylor
  • 15Hemmings

Substitutes

  • 3Skarz
  • 4Lundstram
  • 5Nelson
  • 7Crowley
  • 10Maguire
  • 13Buchel
  • 18Rothwell
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
1,920

Match Stats

Home TeamMersthamAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away26
Shots on Target
Home4
Away12
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Merstham 0, Oxford United 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Merstham 0, Oxford United 5.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Taylor (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Oxford United).

Tutu Henriques (Merstham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Merstham 0, Oxford United 5. Kane Hemmings (Oxford United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Taylor (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kane Hemmings with a headed pass.

Ryan Taylor (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alex Addai (Merstham).

Offside, Merstham. Kristian Campbell tries a through ball, but Omar Folkes is caught offside.

Offside, Merstham. Tommy Kavanagh tries a through ball, but Omar Folkes is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Omar Folkes (Merstham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Bennett.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Oxford United).

Marc-Anthony Okoye (Merstham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Merstham. Dan Hector tries a through ball, but Dan Bennett is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Dan Hector (Merstham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tutu Henriques.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Tommy Kavanagh (Merstham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Oxford United).

Tommy Kavanagh (Merstham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Taylor with a headed pass.

Offside, Oxford United. Josh Ruffels tries a through ball, but Marvin Johnson is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ryan Ledson (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Taylor.

Corner, Merstham. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Attempt saved. Dan Bennett (Merstham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Abnett.

Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Taylor with a cross.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Oxford United).

Alex Addai (Merstham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Oxford United).

Tutu Henriques (Merstham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Omar Folkes (Merstham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dan Hector with a cross.

Attempt missed. Tommy Kavanagh (Merstham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Omar Folkes.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Joe Rothwell replaces Tyler Roberts.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Oxford United).

Alex Addai (Merstham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Kane Hemmings (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Addai (Merstham).

Substitution

Substitution, Merstham. Tutu Henriques replaces Xavier Vidal.

Foul by Tyler Roberts (Oxford United).

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