Ox­ford end 27-year wait

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Carabao Cup - By Jim White

For the first time in 27 sea­sons Ox­ford United have reached the quar­ter-fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion they won in 1986. But they needed a penalty shoot-out to see off a Sun­der­land side seem­ingly de­ter­mined to give new man­ager Phil Parkin­son a lift.

Af­ter 25 min­utes gone, Marc Mc­nulty hit the post with a pow­er­ful shot. A bit too pow­er­ful: the ball re­bounded into Ox­ford pos­ses­sion, the home mid­field broke and, af­ter Tarique Fosu had ap­par­ently lost pos­ses­sion in the Sun­der­land area, the ball fell invit­ingly for Rob Hall, who smashed it into the net for his first goal since Novem­ber 2017.

Sun­der­land poured for­ward in the sec­ond half but shots were way­ward un­til, with 12 min­utes left, Mc­nulty seized on Ox­ford’s de­fen­sive in­de­ci­sion following Grant Lead­bit­ter’s cor­ner and pow­ered home the equaliser. Mc­nulty might have had the win­ner, but Simon East­wood saved his shot. And sub­sti­tute Luke

O’nien should have been awarded a penalty, but the ref­eree de­cided there were enough spot kicks about to ar­rive. Ox­ford demon­strated their greater ac­cu­racy by win­ning the shoot-out 4-2, send­ing their fans home singing of Wem­b­ley.

Colch­ester United fought back from be­hind to beat fel­low League Two side

Craw­ley Town 3-1. A Luke Norris header can­celled out Dan­nie Bul­man’s opener for the home side be­fore an own goal and Luke Gam­bin’s 79th-minute shot put Colch­ester through.

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