Ingram double sees holders Ardley into semis

Luke Ingram
Luke Ingram

Two goals from Luke Ingram saw holders Ardley United into the semi-finals of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup as they got their season back on track with two wins this week.

Having lost all three matches in January, Ardley returned to form with a thumping 6-0 win over Shrivenham last weekend and then followed that up with a 2-1 win at Newbury.

United were ahead inside 44 seconds when a throw-in from Adam Beckett allowed Ingram to get goalside of his marker and chip the ball deftly over the head of Freddie Gee.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the hosts hit back two minute later through Dave Parry, but Ardley regained their advantage when Kieran Scott fired home from the edge of the box on 39 minutes.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between in a tight second half with Ingram missing a golden chance to increase the lead, while Mark James struck the crossbar for Newbury as Ardley held on for victory to remain seventh in the Hellenic Premier Division.

On Tuesday, Ardley were looking to continue their defence of the County Cup with a home quarter-final tie against Oxford City Nomads.

The visitors made a bright start and took control of the early exchanges, but Ardley gradually improved and had two chances to open the scoring, first through Ollie Stanbridge, who struck the crossbar, before Troy Bryan chose to pass instead of shoot when clean through.

Ricky Johnson then hit the post and United were made to pay for their misses when Kiron Davids fired past Jack Harding, but the hosts were quickly back level through Ingram’s overhead kick.

Ardley continued to look the more likely to score in the second half and just as it appeared the game was heading for extra-time, Ingram snathed a late winner to send United through.

The holders will now face either Banbury United, Oxford United, Easington Sports, Old Woodstock Town or North Leigh in the semi-finals.