YOUTH FOOTBALL: Simms is shoot-out star

Oxford Academy Under 13s. Back row (from left): Luke Elliott, Moin Dogar, Matty Simms, Kyran Lofthouse, Harley Giles, Grant Thomas (manager). Front: Jamie McSporran, Cian Gaul, Twariq Yusuf, Tom Griffiths, Joseph Gaul, Rhys King

Oxford Academy Under 13s. Back row (from left): Luke Elliott, Moin Dogar, Matty Simms, Kyran Lofthouse, Harley Giles, Grant Thomas (manager). Front: Jamie McSporran, Cian Gaul, Twariq Yusuf, Tom Griffiths, Joseph Gaul, Rhys King

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Goalkeeper Matty Simms saved two spot-kicks and scored the winner as Oxford Academy beat Corby Kingswood 4-3 on penalties in the final of the Under 13 ESF Festival of Football.

After the sides were locked at 0-0, the tie went to a shoot-out at the University of Warwick Football Centre.

Simms saved two spot-kicks, before stepping up to hit the winner after Luke Elliott, Jamie McSporran and Cian Gaul had earlier scored from the spot.

In the previous rounds, Oxford beat Wells City 4-0, with Elliott (2), Harley Giles and Kyran Lofthouse on target.

They then defeated Stalybridge Celtic 2-0, Elliott scoring twice, before crushing Harborne Hotshots 5-1, with goals from Twariq Yusuf, who netted a double, Rhys King and Gaul.

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