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Published: 09:56 | 12/1/16

Oxford dump Swans out of FA Cup


Oxford United produced the shock of the FA Cup third round as a brace from Kemar Roofe helped them beat struggling Swansea City 3-2 at Kassam Stadium.

A three-goal burst in 14 minutes either side of the break saw the Us hit back against an under-strength and on the basis of the performance, an under-motivated Swans side, overturning a one goal deficit from Pablo Montero’s 23rd minute strike.

Liam Sercombe’s penalty in first half stoppage time squared matters and gave the home side and the vocal home supporters a huge lift ahead of the second period.

Roofe then moved centre stage putting the hosts clear on 49 minutes before making the lead 3-1 10 minutes later after finishing off a fine counter-attacking move.

Bafetimbi Gomis gave caretaker manager Alan Curtis’ side hope when he stroked home coolly with 24 minutes remaining but despite one late scare, Oxford were able to close the game out relatively comfortably to send the packed stadium into raptures.

For Swansea the defeat was a blow to morale ahead of their battle to avoid the drop into the Championship while Oxford and boss Michael Appleton will look forward to the fourth round draw for the first time in 17 years.

The visitors were under the cosh early on but looked to have weathered the early pressure when they took the lead from Montero's clever back heel after a one-two with Marvin Emnes.

However, Kyle Bartley's clumsy challenge gave the League Two side the opportunity to level from the spot and Sercombe made no mistake from 12 yards.

More sloppy defending allowed Roofe to cut inside into the box and curl home a lovely effort into the far corner of the net.

Featuring 10 changes, Swansea continued to look disjointed, particularly at the back, and this cost them again when Roofe surged past Jordi Armat before finishing from the edge of the box.

Gomis' goal brought Swansea back into the tie but the late expected pressure for an equaliser never materialised and Oxford advance to the next round.

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