Birthday boy sinks Stags
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tommy Mooney scored the goal that lifted Oxford United over Mansfield.Tommy Mooney, on his 33rd birthday, scored the goal that maintained Oxford United's 100 percent start to the season with a 1-0 win over Mansfield Town.
The U's started in bright fashion, however journeyman striker Lee Bradbury spurned an early chance to open the scoring for the home side, with Kevin Pilkington making the save.
Mansfield were trying to forge opportunities of their own, but Colin Larkin and Derek Asamoah were proving ineffective and rarely threatened in the visitors' attack.
Moments later, Mooney missed a good chance to break the deadlock, as the birthday boy was on hand to net his first goal for his new club after 36 minutes following his summer switch from Swindon Town, following an excellent cross from the right.
Things turned soured for the home side after the break when Oxford found themselves down a man just minutes in, as Leo Roget brought down Asamoah, who was adjudged to be in a goalscoring opportunity, and was shown a straight red card.
Mansfield's hopes of getting back into the contest were hindered late on when they were reduced to 10 men, as Lee Williamson was sent off for collecting his second yellow card following a rash challenge.
Despite the open space with both teams down a man, Mansfield failed to find an equaliser and crashed to another defeat ,leaving the side pointless from their two opening contests.
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Oxford United 1-0 Mansfield
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