Jordan Green bagged the late winner as Banbury United beat Oxford City 2-1 in Tuesday’s Oxon Senior Cup quarter-final tie at Spencer Stadium.
Paul Davis’s side had to show true grit to come from behind to book a last four spot after being outplayed for long periods in the first half by the Vanarama Conference North outfit. But the Evo-Stik Southern League strugglers pulled it around and gave a much better account of themselves in the second half to edge a tight contest.
City took a third minute lead when Leigh Bedwell saved from Ander del Alamo but from the ensuing corner Lewis Wilson’s header was parried by the United keeper and Paulo Mendes forced home the rebound.
Tom Winters fired a typical free-kick past the past from 25 yards as City dominated the opening exchanges with United struggling to get into the tie.
United gradually found their feet with Darius Browne and Nathaniel Lewars having more of the ball. But Winters continued to supply plenty of crosses and from another delivery Mendes headed straight at Bedwell.
City should have been further ahead and would have been had Jacob Walcott not cleared off the line to deny Felipe Barcelos. United struggled to create any openings before Thomas Amegnaglo was off target with a speculative low drive from fully 30 yards which didn’t trouble Mark Scott.
But United got back on level terms in the 31st minute when Green exchanged passes with Carl Tappin on the right flank before cutting inside, his shot was deflected but the ball popped up nicely for Lewars to head home.
Helge Orome headed wide from Winters’ corner after the restart but Browne turned brilliantly before forcing Scott to tip over his fierce drive from a tight angle. From Amegnalgo’s ensuing corner Jack Westbrook saw his close range effort superbly saved by Scott.
Neither team seriously threatened for most of the second half before Wilson tested Bedwell from the edge of the box. Moments later Tappin’s header from Amegnalgo’s pin-point cross had Scott scampering across his goal but the ball just went the wrong side of the upright.
Browne then forced Scott into action with a low drive as United began to sense they could win it but Winters should have done better when he fired over at the other end while substitute Adi Yussuf chipped over.
United’s late pressure finally paid with two minutes remaining when Green picked up the ball and went on a typical mazy run before beating Scott from a tight angle.