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Posted 21st May 2012, 15:26 in
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Double-Day For Oxford United

Not only did Oxford United complete a Southern League and Cup double on Sunday but their Reserves also lifted the Jubilee Cup.

Division a South runners-up, Oxford United Reserves ran out 6-2 winners over Newbury in the first of three finals at Aldershot Town FC.

Oxford's first team then won the League Cup but were taken all the way to penalties by Shanklin, after a 2-2 draw. Kim Masterton gave Shanklin a second half lead, Sahara Osbourne-Ricketts swiftly levelled with a free kicj from distance, Sammie Mumford then restored the advantage but in the dying minutes Osbourne-Ricketts again struck from a set-piece outside the box. When in came to penalties, Hannah Cox made a decisive stop from Chloe Parkes' spot kick. 

The Isle of Wight side had also finished second in the Premier Division, while Combination-bound Oxford previously took the County Cup in this season's trophy haul.

Richie Blackmore, Head of the Girls Centre of Excellence, was naturally delighted with how the season has gone:

"It was a great way to end the season" he told "First the reserves won their final and then the First Team followed that with another win. Both were deserved and both squads have worked extremely hard to achieve those successes.

"The first team went all season undefeated in the league, and only lost one game all year. That was to Manchester City in the FA Cup and we learnt a lot from that game and can aspire to that level for the future.

"Both of our squads had five or six players from the Girls Centre of Excellence and those young players are coming through all the time so the future looks very bright here."

Aldershot Town suitably came out on top in the day's last match at the EBB Stadium, a 2-1 Chairman's Cup Final success over Bracknell Town. Di Smith set up Lauren Carnell to put the Shots in front but quickly conceded an own-goal from a Libby Shuttle cross. But Smith made amends by supplying the delivery for Amy Hubbort to head an 85th-minute winner.

Pictured - Oxford United Reserves start the celebrations.

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