Cambridge United smash Oxford 5-1

Billy Bordell 11 October 2014

After the rapturous scenes that greeted Cambridge United’s promotion to League 2, the U’s have begun the season in solid style. A victory against the old enemy, Oxford, this afternoon, gave supporters plenty to cheer about.

And it wasn’t even close, 5-1 was the final score as Cambridge leapfrogged Portsmouth in the table, climbing to 11th. Despite having only 45% of possession, the U’s were more clinical, and particular credit must go to Kwesi Appiah (currently on loan from Crystal Palace), who scored a first-half brace to begin the Cambridge onslaught after the orange-and-blacks had gone behind early on to a Danny Hylton header.

For Oxford, the frustration clearly took its toll—three players received yellow cards. Once Cambridge had gone ahead, the result was never in doubt, with Ryan Donaldson, Tom Elliott and Robbie Simpson getting on the score sheet to complete the rout.

An in-form Cambridge will now hope to continue their 100% record in October—after recording three defeats at the back end of September—at Mansfield next Saturday.

For now, the team can—and should—celebrate a dominant performance. It is a well-deserved result that will be well appreciated, especially after manager Richard Money’s concerns last month over the club’s finances.