U's end season on a high
Last Updated: 20/04/13 7:01pm
Andy Whing: Opened the scoring
Oxford United ended a disappointing home campaign on a high as they ran out 3-0 winners over Rochdale on Saturday.
Andy Whing converted Deane Smalley's right-wing cross to give goalkeeper Josh Lillis no chance with a brilliant close-range scissor kick eight minutes into the second half.
James Constable, who had come on as a half-time substitute, lashed in a second from Jon-Paul Pittman's pass for his 13th goal of the season.
And Alfie Potter made it three in stoppage time, chipping deftly over Lillis after a quick break that began from a dreadful Rochdale corner.
The impressive finishes were out of character with a tepid affair between two mid-table teams whose hopes of reaching the play-offs had disappeared some time ago.
Smalley went close with a powerful angled drive in the second minute that Lillis beat out, and Potter screwed his follow-up shot wide.
Dale, who had come into this game on the back of just one defeat in nine, threatened only fleetingly.
George Donnelly had an early opportunity with a free header at the far post from Bobby Grant's cross, but he nodded tamely into the arms of keeper Luke McCormick.
Michael Rose's ambitious 22-yard volley from a corner cleared the bar by some distance, and young sub Reece Gray fired into the side netting.
Sky Bet League 2
Sat 20th Apr
Aldershot1 - 0Dag + Red
Barnet1 - 0Wycombe
Bradford1 - 0Burton Alb
Bristol R0 - 1Accrington
Exeter0 - 1Cheltenham
Fleetwood1 - 3Chesterfld
Gillingham2 - 2AFC W'don
Morecambe0 - 2Torquay
Oxford Utd3 - 0Rochdale
Plymouth0 - 1Rotherham
Port Vale2 - 2Northamptn
York City2 - 1Southend
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