LAUNTON Sports FC have won a competition set up after the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The team, based near Bicester, beat Kennington Athletic 4-2 in the final of the Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Cup.

The competition has been running since grassroots football resumed earlier this year, following the cancellation of the season due to Covid-19.

Launton went into the game on the back of a four-match unbeaten run, not losing a single game at home during both the regular and cup part of the season.

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The final – played at Woodstock Town on Bank Holiday Monday – saw Launton take the lead within five minutes.

Josh Horn scored from 12 yards out after great work down the left by Josh Duggan.

However, Kennington hit back through two quickfire penalties, which left them going into the break 2-1 up.

Jack Bailey levelled the tie when he fired home after Duggan had seen a 20-yard drive cannon back off the post and into his path.

With the sides still level approaching the end of the 90 minutes, Launton reclaimed their lead.

On 88 minutes, Fraser Venables picked up the ball in midfield and found Duggan with a pass down the left wing.

Duggan headed through on goal and finished past the goalkeeper.

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There was time to add icing to the cake with a late penalty.

Horn stepped up and scored his second of the game to seal the cup for Launton.

Launton assistant manager Gareth Partlett said winning the cup was good recognition for his side after the problems posed by Covid-19.

He said: “It’s been a difficult couple of seasons with them both being cut short due to Covid.

“In that time, we’ve been progressing without getting any recognition but winning this cup has offered the chance to get some.

“We’d been on a really good run going into the game, not losing a home match all season.

“To go and win the cup was a good end to the season for us.

“The players will have some sort of end of season do and we’ll all have four weeks off before we come back for pre-season.

“Then we’ll get some friendlies organised and start the new season again in September.”