Ardley United joined Banbury United in the last four of the Oxon Senior Cup after they beat Oxford City Nomads 2-1 in Tuesday’s quarter-final tie.
Two goals from Luke Ingram saw the holders come from behind to progress into the semi-finals but Easington Sports saw their quarter-final tie with Oxford United postponed because of a water-logged pitch at Abingdon United’s Northcourt Road ground.
Nomads took control of the tie at Ardley before Ollie Stanbridge hit the bar and Troy Bryan passed up a great opportunity with just keeper Alex Williams to beat.
On the half hour mark Ricky Johnson hit the post from a Conor Ingram pass and Ardley were made to pay barely a minute later. Nomads broke at the other end and Zac McEachran’s pass found Kiron Davids who fired into the far corner of Jack Harding’s net with Ardley appealing for offside.
Despite going behind, Ardley still posed the greater goal threat with Diego Petriaggi and Johnson going close. They equalised on the stroke of halftime when a free-kick which was headed on by Johnson for Luke Ingram to score with an overhead kick.
Although there was little to choose between the sides in terms of possession, Ardley continued to look the more likely to score after the restart but the first opportunity fell to McEachran who shot just wide.
Conor Ingram worked his way into a good position but Williams blocked his shot and Johnson could only put the rebound wide. Just as it began to appear the game would go into extra-time, Ardley managed to find an 80th minute winner.
The ball was worked across to the edge of the area to the unmarked Luke Ingram who saw his shot evade Williams and find the far corner of the net.
Ardley managed to see out the final ten minutes with little trouble although Harding was forced to make a good save from McEachran with a couple of minutes remaining.