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Checkatrade Trophy: Oxford United book Wembley return

1 March 2017

Oxford United will face Coventry City in the Checkatrade Trophy Final, after overcoming Luton Town 3-2 in a thrilling semi-final.

Victory for the U's means they will return to Wembley on Sunday 2nd April 2017, bidding to go one better than a year ago, where they were runners-up in the trophy after losing to Barnsley.

Michael Appleton's side got off to a great start in their last-four tie at Kenilworth Road, when Phil Edwards poked them ahead in the 10th minute. The visitors threatened to extend their lead, but found Luton keeper Matt Macey in fine form.

Oxford had to wait until the second half to double their advantage, and it came via a cruel deflection when Marvin Johnson's shot deflected off Pelly Mpanzu-Ruddock and looped into the net with 20 minutes to go.

Game over? The Hatters had other ideas, and cut the deficit almost immediately through Isaac Vassell. Better was to come for the hosts, when Danny Hylton scored against his former club to restore parity.

However, there was one final sting in the tail, and it came just moments later when Johnson fired home an unstoppable effort beyond Macey to put Oxford back in front.

It was a lead that last year's finalists were not going to relinquish again, and the U's held on to book their place in the Final against the Sky Blues at the national stadium next month.

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