A five goal thriller at Kenilworth Road left Luton hearts broken as Oxford march on to Wembley
A five goal thriller took place at Kenilworth road in the Checkatrade trophy semi final on Wednesday night. Luton Town hosted Oxford United for a place at Wembley.
Luton started off brightly when Jake Gray missed a glorious chance to put the Hatters in front after connecting with Danny Hylton’s ball. But it was Oxford who took the lead, when Luton failed to clear a corner and Liam Sercombe’s shot was eventually taped home by Phil Edwards.
The hosts started the second half brightly with half time substitute Luke Gambin making a real difference. Next a very controversial moment came, when Issac Vassell’s header was cleared but seamed to have crossed the line, but the goal was not given as the ref had not help from goal line technology.
The Visitors then doubled there leaded against the run of play. Marvin Johnson’s cross deflected off Pelly Ruddock and nestled into the back of his own net to make it 2-0.
The response from Luton was fantastic, Issac Vassell pulling a goal back after Simon Eastwood spilled Jake Gray’s shot for Vassell to tap the ball in. Game on.
10 minutes later Danny Hylton leveled the match. The former Oxford man got on the end of a flick on to head home in the 82nd minute
The tie looked to be going to a penalty shootout. That was until oxford won a corner in the 85th minute. The Us took it short and Luton hearts were crushed when Marvin Johnson unchallenged smashed home from the edge of the area.
A painful end for the Hatters faithful as Oxford march on to Wembley to face Coventry City. The soul purpose is now back on the league for Luton, who travel to Yeovil this Saturday for a crucial three points up for grabs.