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  1. Coventry win competition for first time
  2. Gael Bigirimana gave Coventry a 12th-minute lead
  3. George Thomas made it 2-0 with superb shot
  4. Sub Liam Sercombe pulled goal back for U's

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By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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Coventry win the EFL Trophy

FT: Coventry 2-1 Oxford

Thanks for your company today, on a day that Wembley turned sky blue.

A Coventry side destined for League Two produced a stirring display to inflict a second successive EFL Trophy final defeat on Oxford United.

If you missed any of the action, catch up on Coventry's victory with our match report...

George Thomas

EFL Trophy final: Coventry 2-1 Oxford

George Thomas's stunning strike helps Coventry put their relegation fears to one side to beat Oxford in the EFL Trophy final.

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FT: Coventry 2-1 Oxford

I'm sure the celebrations will go on long into the night in Coventry.

Coventry fans haven't had much to cheer about this season, or for the past few seasons for that matter.

But today is their day.

Coventry lift the trophy

FT: Coventry 2-1 Oxford

Coventry's players make their way up the famous Wembley steps, with Jordan Willis first up.

The Sky Blues skipper lifts the trophy, to huge cheers from the 43,000 or so Coventry fans who have made the trip to North London today.

Match reaction

FT: Coventry 2-1 Oxford

Coventry winger Kyel Reid tells Sky Sports: "This means a lot to me. It's not been the best season in the league, but to come here with 43,000 fans is great and I'm so happy for everyone involved with the club."

Striker Stuart Beavon: "I'm absolutely delighted to come here and win. We dug in, showed great determination and deserved the win in the end."

Match reaction

FT: Coventry 2-1 Oxford

Coventry goalscorer Gael Bigirimana tells Sky Sports: "I've got a beautiful baby girl, which is amazing, and this is the icing on the cake. It's just amazing. Hopefully this will be a game changer for this club.

Goalscorer George Thomas: "Words can't explain this. You couldn't write it. The season's been full of ups and downs, and to more or less end it on this - I don't have the words."

George Thomas
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FT: Coventry 2-1 Oxford

In a season of utter turmoil, Coventry City have - at last - something to smile about.

They're surely heading down to League Two, but they have a shiny new trophy to take back home.

Gael Bigirimana, a new father yesterday, scored their first and he's in tears.  

Reaction and the presentations on the way.


Coventry 2-1 Oxford

Coventry City
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Coventry City have done it! They've won the Checkatrade Trophy!

Coventry 2-1 Oxford

The ball drops in the box for Oxford's Rob Hall - corner.

The keeper's gone up...

And how have Coventry survived?!

Pinball in the six-yard box, Lee Burge makes a stunning save and there's a goalline clearance in there too.

Incredible stuff.

Coventry 2-1 Oxford

Oxford are forced into a late change as the injured Joe Rothwell goes off for Josh Ruffels.

We're into a minimum of five minutes of stoppage time and Oxford have sent centre-back Curtis Nelson forward as an emergency striker.

It's now-or-never time.

Coventry 2-1 Oxford

If Coventry fans have got any nails left to bite, start chewing them now. A minute and stoppage time left to play.

Coventry 2-1 Oxford

The game is becoming stretched now, as Oxford pile more and more players forward in search of an equaliser and Coventry look to catch them on the break.

Oxford goalscorer Liam Sercombe is booked for a tackle on Kyel Reid, who stays down and needs some treatment before returning.

Coventry 2-1 Oxford

There are 74.434 people at today's game, making this the largest attendance for an EFL Trophy final at the rebuilt Wembley.

Coventry 2-1 Oxford

Gael Bigirimana's a lucky boy.

The Coventry midfielder, booked in the first half, brings down an Oxford player to stop a breakaway attack.

He's very fortunate to escape a second yellow card.

George Thomas, the scorer of Coventry's stunning second goal, is off to be replaced by Jodi Jones.

Coventry 2-1 Oxford

What a chance for Oxford!

The U's break and Rob Hall goes through one-on-one with Coventry goalkeeper Lee Burge, who keeps his side in front with a smart save.

In truth, Hall should have done a lot better. Will Oxford get a better opportunity than that?

Sercombe gives Oxford hope

Coventry 2-1 Oxford

Oooh, now we're in for a cracking finish at Wembley!

Coventry clear the ball to the edge of the box to Liam Sercombe and the U's sub fires in a shot through a crowd of players, which nestles in the corner.

Game on.

GOAL: Coventry 2-1 Oxford

Liam Sercombe

Coventry 2-0 Oxford

Oxford get a free-kick in a decent position on their left, and it's a rare chance for Chris Maguire to test goalkeeper Lee Burge.

Maguire, a set-piece specialist, whips it towards the near post but Burge is equal to the task and pushes it over for an Oxford corner, which Coventry see out without alarm.

Coventry 2-0 Oxford

There seem to be sky blue and white shirts dotted around the Coventry penalty area, all throwing themselves in the way of shots and passes, trying to prevent Oxford getting anywhere near their goal.

They're 20 minutes and stoppage time away from an unlikely Wembley victory.

Coventry 2-0 Oxford

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Wembley

It still seems wrong somehow to hear a club of Coventry City's stature referred to as underdogs in a game against Oxford United, but there's no doubt that another Wembley upset to match their slaying of Spurs 30 years ago is now on the cards.

And, although nothing will probably ever top Keith Houchen's famous headed equaliser in 1987, George Thomas's moment of magic would rank with any of Wembley's great goals.

A superb first touch as he pulled down Kyel Reid's left-wing cross followed by a tracer missile of a right-footed half-volley, with pinpoint accuracy, just inside Simon Eastwood's right post. What a stunner!

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Mark Robins
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What a story it is that's developing at Wembley.

Coventry City are a club in turmoil, with fans making continued protests against their owners and the team almost certain to drop into League Two.

But they're less than half an hour away from a piece of silverware.

Their manager, Mark Robins, is Coventry's fourth of the season. He wasn't even in charge when the Sky Blues qualified for the final!

Coventry 2-0 Oxford

Oxford's Rob Hall is the latest to go close, forcing a save from goalkeeper Lee Burge. A critical spell of the game coming up.

Coventry 2-0 Oxford

As in the first half, Oxford respond well to conceding a goal but they can't find an immediate reply.

Marvin Johnson does well down the left and puts in the low cross, but there's no meaningful touch towards Lee Burge's goal.

Coventry are about to lose their captain Jordan Willis to injury, and Dion Kelly-Evans will be on to replace him shortly.

Thomas adds Coventry's second

Coventry 2-0 Oxford

Coventry double their lead with a stunning, stunning goal from George Thomas.

He takes down a left-wing cross and slams a half-volley into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

A moment to remember for the young winger.

Oxford make their first change, with Liam Sercombe replacing Ryan Ledson. They need a goal, and quickly.

GOAL: Coventry 2-0 Oxford

George Thomas

Coventry 1-0 Oxford

Coventry go so close to a second, but George Thomas finds Simon Eastwood in fine form as the Oxford goalkeeper tips over his effort from a tight angle.

Coventry 1-0 Oxford

There's only one side in this match at the moment, and they're playing in sky blue.

George Thomas ghosts in behind the Oxford defence but can't get a decent cross in.

Coventry do get themselves another corner though, but Kyel Reid blasts an effort over the bar from long range.

Coventry 1-0 Oxford

Oxford's first-half frustration is continuing early in the second period.

Striker Kane Hemmings feels as if he is fouled on halfway and stops, expecting a free-kick, which he doesn't get.

Coventry break but Stuart Beavon's shot is easy for Simon Eastwood to claim.

Coventry 1-0 Oxford

An early Coventry corner to start the second half, which flashes through the Oxford penalty area and to safety.

A second Sky Blues goal would really give Oxford some work to do.


Coventry 1-0 Oxford

The teams have emerged at Wembley for the second period and there are no changes for either team.

Oxford get us going again, with Coventry leading 1-0 thanks to that 11th-minute goal from midfielder Gael Bigirimana.

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Coventry lead 1-0 at half-time - can they hang on to take some silverware away from Wembley later today?

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There are two Premier League games taking place today.

Swansea and Middlesbrough have just drawn 0-0, while at 16:00 BST it's Arsenal against Manchester City.

Follow live text and radio coverage of today's Premier League action here.

In the least surprising football news of the weekend, Celtic have been crowned champions of Scotland for the sixth successive year.

Brendan Rodgers' side thrashed Hearts 5-0 at Tynecastle to wrap up the title with eight games to spare.

HT: Coventry 1-0 Oxford

I'll continue with second-half coverage from Wembley shortly, but first let me bring you up to date with some of the football stories making the news elsewhere.


Coventry 1-0 Oxford

Advantage Coventry at half-time.

Gael Bigirimana netted the only goal after 11 minutes, which has given the Sky Blues a one-goal lead at the break.

Coventry 1-0 Oxford

There will be one minute of added time to play at the end of the first half. Coventry looking good for a lead at the break.

Coventry 1-0 Oxford

Chances at both ends as the half-time whistle approaches.

Coventry's Ruben Lameiras has a shot from the edge of the area blocked and Oxford break, but Rob Hall fires wide from Marvin Johnson's cross.

Bigirimana booked

Coventry 1-0 Oxford

Coventry goalscorer Gael Bigirimana, who I'm informed became a father to a baby girl earlier this weekend, is the first man into the referee's notebook for a lunging tackle on Oxford's Ryan Ledson.

It's turning into an eventful couple of days for Bigirimana.

Coventry 1-0 Oxford

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Wembley

Coventry clearly have more fans, they're making more noise and they're ahead thanks to the lucky break that left Gael Bigirimana in the clear to score only his second goal for the Sky Blues.

But Oxford are not ninth in the League One table, 15 places and 27 points better off, for no good reason. They look overall the greater threat - and those already anticipating Coventry's second 'Wembley upset' in 30 years are maybe a bit premature.

Coventry 1-0 Oxford

Oxford appeal unsuccessfully for a penalty as Ryan Haynes nudges Kane Hemmings in the back. Not much in that.

Coventry 1-0 Oxford

Kyel Reid
Rex Features

Although Oxford have done much of the attacking in the first half, Coventry have the only goal and they've looked a threat going forward themselves.

Kyel Reid, in particular, looks dangerous every time he gets the ball on the Coventry left.

Ben Stevenson tries to get a volley away from the edge of the box but it's a tame one, straight into the arms of Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood.