The FA Cup - Second Round
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FA Cup: Oxford United 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

Highlights: Oxford 1-0 Forest Green

Oxford United beat Forest Green Rovers to reach the FA Cup third round thanks to Kemar Roofe's second-half winner.

The League Two leaders were kept out for 75 minutes by Rovers keeper Steve Arnold before Roofe's fierce, bouncing shot from outside the area won the tie.

Forest Green's best chance fell to midfielder Darren Carter on the turn, but his shot was saved by Benji Buchel.

Charlie Clough also headed wide late on for the National League side, but Oxford held on to win an even game.

Oxford have now won their last five FA Cup ties against non-league sides.

Meanwhile, Forest Green have not reached the third round since 2009-10.

Forest Green boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I thought we had some good chances, but to come here and the way we played, we gave Oxford a good game today.

"We had some half chances, but you need to take them

"The the lad Roofe's a very good player and it was a good finish, but all in all I'm very proud of the lads, they're bitterly disappointed.

"I'd like to thanks the fans as well - they turned up in their numbers and were fantastic and we've got to be positive, we've had a very good cup run, we've got to move on and wish Oxford all the best."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Buchel
  • 2Baldock
  • 33Dunkley
  • 5Mullins
  • 3Skarz
  • 4Roofe
  • 8Sercombe
  • 7RoseBooked at 35minsSubstituted forLundstramat 78'minutes
  • 15O'Dowda
  • 10HyltonBooked at 12minsSubstituted forEvansat 77'minutes
  • 9Hoban

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 6Wright
  • 11MacDonald
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18Lundstram
  • 22Long
  • 36Evans

Forest Green

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Arnold
  • 6BennettSubstituted forPipeat 41'minutes
  • 16Racine
  • 4Clough
  • 3Jennings
  • 17GuthrieSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 79'minutes
  • 19SinclairBooked at 53mins
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 11Frear
  • 24CarterSubstituted forWilliamsat 79'minutes
  • 20Parkin

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 7O'Connor
  • 9Marsh-Brown
  • 10Kelly
  • 15Sam-Yorke
  • 23Maxted
  • 26Williams
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
4,618

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    George Baldock (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Brett Williams (Forest Green Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Arnold (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Frear with a cross following a corner.

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    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by George Baldock.

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    Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Evans (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Kemar Roofe (Oxford United).

  13. Post update

    Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steve Arnold.

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    Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United).

  16. Post update

    Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jon Parkin tries a through ball, but Brett Williams is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Jennings (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Elliott Frear with a cross.

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    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by George Baldock.

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    Attempt saved. Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kemar Roofe.