Saturday 1 October 2016

Kemar raises Roofe for Oxford

Oxford Utd 3 Swansea 2

Published 11/01/2016 | 02:30

Oxford's Kemar Roofe celebrates scoring his team's third goal. Photo: Reuters / Tony O'Brien
Oxford's Kemar Roofe celebrates scoring his team's third goal. Photo: Reuters / Tony O'Brien

It has become the theme of this season: English talent emerging from the lower echelons to prove what might be if the Premier League clubs that have first dibs on the nation's talent were better able to see their development through.

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Oxford's Kemar Roofe spent four seasons at West Brom without making one first-team appearance, but two goals of Premier League quality, the first curled in from the left after beating his man, the second a neat finish with only the keeper to beat, gave his team that most sought after quality: a lethal blade in the final third. They took his tally to 14 in all competitions and sealed the keynote result of the FA Cup's third round.

In the only giant-killing of the weekend, Jefferson Montero gave the Swans the lead with a stylish finish. Oxford deservedly hit back through Liam Sercombe's penalty, and then Roofe blew the Swans away with his quickfire double after the break.

Bafetimbi Gomis pulled one back but the visitors could not find an equaliser and slipped to a chastening defeat.

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