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Sunday 31st March 2013 ko 13.00

Oxfordshire Football Association Sam Waters Sunday Cup Final

OXFORD SPORTS & SOCIAL 2 (McGlynn 45 McMahon 48)

KIDLINGTON ROYALS 3 (Curtin 8 66 Odhiambo 78)

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Entry & Programme £2

At Court Place Farm Stadium (Oxford City FC)

To be honest, I didn’t really fancy watching any football. I know regular readers of these articles will find that hard to believe, but 8 games in just over 2 days is hard going! In fact my reason for going was straightforward, Kidlington Royals asked me! In the days leading up to the game Royals came up with a novel way of advertising the game and its one I don’t think I’ll see again! They used Twitter to get British porn stars to retweet a photo of a poster advertising the game. Completely free advertising, although it was odd seeing Sadie_XXX advising her fans to watch a local Sunday League Cup final!

It’s been a year or two since I visited the main Court Place Farm pitch. Since then the changing rooms have been moved to the Community Arena next door, and an additional turnstile block is being built, presumably as part of ground grading requirements with Oxford City newly promoted to the Conference North. For all of that the ground still looks like what it is, a council-built ground on a budget lacking that quirk or signature stand to make it stand out from the rest.

The game was a close to a local leagues’ all-star game. There were many Hellenic League players, and these were augmented with a smattering of Southern League players. To give you an idea of the standard, last season former Oxford United legend Joey Beauchamp played for the Royals. I expected a good game, and the tie didn’t disappoint.

Ryan Curtin bangs in the goals on a Saturday for Kidlington, and he opened the scoring for Royals early on. It looked good for the Royals but as the half wore on OSS gradually came into the game, and two goals just after half time shell-shocked Royals.  Curtin’s second rallied the troops and cheered on a by a bumper crowd took the cup with a fine strike from AFC Hinksey’s Anaclet Odhiambo.

It was just about justice, and it was cold enough for me to not want extra time. The celebrations were heartfelt, and despite my tiredness at no point did I regret coming. It was in the final analysis, a great advert for the Sunday game.