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Summary

  1. Barnsley strike three times in the second half
  2. Callum O'Dowda gave Oxford United the lead after 28 minutes
  3. Danny Hylton gave the U's hope but it's not enough to prevent defeat
  4. More than 30,000 fans made the trip from Oxfordshire to Wembley

Live Reporting

By Chris Brown

All times stated are UK

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That's all for the day from Oxfordshire Live

Thanks for joining in the online coverage of the day. Not the result we wanted, but Oxford United did the county proud. 

You can have your say on BBC Radio Oxford or Twitter @BBCOxfordSport, and we'll bring you more tomorrow.

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Match report: Oxford United's brave effort falls just short

If can bear it, our full match report is online now... 

Barnsley score in the JPT final
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Support from Oxford MP Andrew Smith: 'A brave, brave effort'

Get Involved: Fair play to Barnsley

Appleton: 'We fell a bit short today'

Head coach Michael Appleton can't hide his disappointment, speaking to BBC Radio Oxford. 

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We got off to a good start and got our noses in front, but that second goal did for us really. That's something we've tried to avoid this season is conceding too many close together and a strong 20-minute spell for them in the game has done for us. We went up a gear once we got a second goal, but we fell a bit short today sadly.

Michael AppletonOxford United head coach

Johnny Mullins: 'We pick ourselves up and go again'

Oxford United skipper Johnny Mullins tells BBC Radio Oxford he is proud of the players... now it's time to make promotion happen.

It was a really good cup final. We went toe to toe with them, but didn't come out on top. We'll pick ourselves up and go again in the league. I have to say the fans were unbelievable and made it a brilliant occasion.

Johnny MullinsOxford United captain

Crestfallen: Oxford United players climb the stairs to the royal box

So much disappointment, but huge congratulations from the chairman Darryl Eales as the players make the horrible walk to the royal box as losers.

BreakingBarnsley win the Johnstone's Paint trophy final

And that's it - Barnsley have just had a little too much for #oufc and win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. They win 3-2 at Wembley.

SIX minutes of added time

Loads of time to produce something special... isn't there?

They're not giving it up

Just two minutes to go, and Oxford United are throwing everything at Barnsley. But the Tykes have been that little bit stronger physically all afternoon, and they deal with two dangerous crosses in quick succession.

Substitution: Hylton scores... then off he comes

Just a few minutes after he pulled a goal back for the U's, Danny Hylton is off to be replaced by Jordan Bowery. Was that great header his last touch? It may well have been... but what a touch.

BreakingGOAL! Oxford United are back in it

Welcome back to the game Oxford United! A fantastic header from Danny Hylton pulls one back for the U's. No time to draw breath here!

BreakingGoal: Curling shot beats Buchel

Oxford United looking down the barrel now. A great curling shot from Adam Hammill puts Barnsley 3-1 up with just 16 minutes left.

What a save!

The U's nearly do it, but for a brilliant stop from the Barnsley keeper low to his right. So close...

BreakingGoal: Barnsley strike again

Oxford United go 2-1 down - Michael Appleton looking calm still but the U's have to pick it up now...

Substitution: Maguire for MacDonald

The U's switch Alex MacDonald for Chris Maguire with 25 minutes to play.

Half an hour to go...

Timmy Mallet is in with the Oxford United fans looking tense. Barnsley's equaliser has changed the complexion of the match, but it's all square and I wouldn't want to bet against the U's.

Barnsley with their tails up now - hang on you Yellows

Josh Ruffells is turned inside out by Adam Hammill in the corner and Barnsley are full of beans now after that equaliser.

Hammill goes down in the area, but it's of no interest to referee Andy Woolmer.

It was an own goal - now it's game on

Adam Hammill with the time to turn and find a searching ball to the edge of the Oxford area and Chey Dunkley, under pressure from Barnsley striker Sam Winnall, heads past his own goalkeeper Benji Buchel.

BreakingUh oh... Barnsley score

Is it an own goal by Chey Dunkley? Looks like it. And Oxford United are pegged back after 51 minutes.

We're back under way

The second half has kicked off... can Oxford United go all the way?

BreakingHalf time: Oxford United lead at the break

Where did the 45 minutes go? Anyway, Oxford United go into the break ahead thanks to Callum O'Dowda's flying header, just like this...

Callum O'Dowda scores
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Is it Roofe... or is it Pele?

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Oxford forward Kemar Roofe tries to emulate Pele in Escape To Victory with an overhead kick from Alex MacDonald's cross from the right.

Off target, but you have to admire his cheekiness.

This is what it means to score at Wembley...

Oxford United score in JPT final
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Do you think he liked that?

I think the person running Oxford United's Twitter account was rather pleased with that Callum O'Dowda goal...  

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BreakingGOAL! Oxford United take the lead

It's Callum O'Dowda who gives the U's the lead in the 29th minute with a back-post header. Great goal... come you Yellows!

Analysis: Strong start from both sides

Marie Indge

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BBC Radio Oxford's Marie Indge sums up the first quarter of the JPT final:

It's been a strong start from both sides, with neither having overall control of the flow of the game. 

Dunkley
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The closest Oxford United have come to scoring was a cracking strike from Jordan Evans from a free kick in the 18th minute. 

What followed was a few nervous moments in the Barnsley goalmouth, where it seemed sheer numbers of players kept the ball from going over the line for United.

Pictures from the final

Great shot here of Danny Hylton chasing down Barnsley's Alfie Mawson.

Danny Hylton and Alfie Mawson
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Homage to Cruyff

Oxford United's Chey Dunkley does Johann Cruyff proud with a turn in the Barnsley box... but the referee's whistle comes to the Tykes' rescue.

Goalless after 20 minutes.

Make some memories

Here's one organisation that's banking on Oxford United making some memories this afternoon...

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Breathless encounter so far

Tense stuff in the opening quarter of an hour - Barnsley putting in some hefty challenges. No cards yet, and no clear-cut chances. 

Ouch!

Barnsley clearly have singled out Oxford United top scorer Kemar Roofe for some 'treatment'. 

They're worried about him raising the roof...

BreakingHere we go...

The huddles are over, the talking is over... it's Oxford Utd to kick-off in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final. Hold on to your hats!

Couldn't put it better ourselves... come on you Yellows!

BreakingTeams are out on the Wembley pitch

Kick-off in just FIVE minutes... Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio Oxford.

Appleton: 'I'm really excited and so are the players'

Oxford head coach Michael Appleton tells Sky Sports: "I'm really excited and the players are excited.

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"This morning, it was about controlling the emotions. I think if we do that, we'll put up a good contest.

"We've got 34,000 fans coming from Oxford who will all enjoy their day and hopefully we can give them a win."

Fans can't mask their excitement

Oxford United fans at Wembley
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Head to head: How do the cup runs shape up?

Match stats
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Team news: O'Dowda, Kenny, Hylton and Evans start

Oxford United make four changes to the side which drew 0-0 at Cambridge United on Monday.

Oxford United JPT final team news
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Midfielder Callum O'Dowda returns from international duty with Republic of Ireland under-21s in place of Chris Maguire.

On-loan Everton full-back Jonjoe Kenny starts ahead of Joe Skarz, Danny Hylton replaces Jordan Bowery in attack and Jordan Evans lines up in defence ahead of club captain Jake Wright.

Live text commentary from BBC Sport

The BBC Sport team is now in place to bring you live text commentary of the JPT final. 

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