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    Thursday, July 11, 2013 6:31:48 PM

    Alloa Athletic kept up their unbeaten pre season record with a late goal against English Division Two side Oxford United. Oxford United manager Chris Wilder brought his side to Scotland to play Alloa Athletic, "The Wasps" first English opponents since 2002. The Oxford United team included former Premier League record signing Dave Kitson, who in the past has played at the highest level with Reading and Stoke City before more recent spells with Portsmouth and sheffield United. Danny Rose who is in his 3rd spell with Oxford having spent 5 years at Manchester United as a youth player, Deane Smalley who was last season on loan to Bradford City and who scored the opening goal of the friendly after only 7 minutes. Alloa were unfortunate not to equalise when Andy Kirk hit the woodwork before Kevin Cawley put the rebound into the keepers hands. Alloa manager Paul Hartley had been boosted by the signing of Darren Young prior to kick-off and he also gave trial to James Creaney ex Stranraer and Dumbarton left back who had been on trial with Morton recently. In the second half the home side had lots of possession but found Oxford United a hard side to break down. Late in the match there were loud shouts for a penalty when it appeared Andy Kirk had been up ended by the Oxford United keeper, however in the closing minute Eddie Ferns latched on to a long ball out of defence and rounded the keeper to score his first goal for "The Wasps".

    Smalley opens scoring

    Andy Kirk strikes woodwork

    Dave Kitson

    Trialist - James Creaney

    Darren Young in midfield

    Penalty?

    Eddie Ferns goal



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