SHANDON Baptiste produced a hat-trick of assists as Oxford United made it two wins out of two in their pre-season trip to Ireland.

The 20-year-old laid on two goals for Jon Obika and another for Malachi Napa after Tony McMahon had opened the scoring with a free-kick against Longford Town.

An error from McMahon gifted Dean Dillon to make it 2-1 at the break, before Baptiste took the game away from the hosts.

Baptiste finished the game alongside Shaun Derry, twice his age, as the first-team coach pitched in to make up the numbers.

And the former Crystal Palace midfielder sealed off the victory from the penalty spot late on.

Derry's involvement was due to a virus ruling out Cameron Brannagan, scorer of the only goal against Portmarnock last night.

Longford, who play in Ireland’s second tier, offered a sterner test, but the visitors started quickly on an excellent playing surface.

Ben Kelly had a busy first half, saving early on from Obika and Shandon Baptiste, before the goalkeeper presented Napa with a great chance which the winger rolled wide.

McMahon opened the scoring in the 15th minute, finding the net with a low free-kick from a yard outside the box after Napa had been fouled.

Obika spurned two great chances before he breathed a sigh of relief when he doubled the lead nine minutes later, rolling into an empty net from Baptiste’s pass.

United’s smooth progress was disrupted by Rob Dickie coming off with a knock.

It prompted a reshuffle in the back four and a sloppy pass from McMahon, who moved from right back to centre half when Cameron Norman came on, allowed Dillon to pull a goal back 12 minutes before the break.

Carruthers joined Dickie getting treatment on the bench at the end of the half after picking up a knock and he did not return when play resumed.

Josh Ruffels sent a diving header just wide early in the second half, before two Baptiste bursts gave United a comfortable lead.

Napa profited from the first run, tapping in from the midfielder’s low cross.

The Grenada international then looked set to score himself, but after a jinking run he ended up teeing up Obika for the second time.

The hour mark brought a host of changes, including Derry, who clearly enjoyed the run-out.

He got on the scoresheet five minutes from time, obliging the U's fans who called for him to take a penalty when James Henry was fouled.

United finish their tour tomorrow night, at UCD.

Oxford Utd: Eastwood (Stevens 60), McMahon (Nelson 60), Dickie (Norman 26), Raglan, Long (Mousinho 60), Ruffels (Derry 60), Carroll (Henry 60), Carruthers (Garbutt HT), Napa (Little 60), Obika (James 60), Baptiste.