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Oakley stars in Oxford loss

19 February 2014

Young Dons forward scores twice in narrow defeat

George Oakley showed his promise once again yesterday with a double for Wimbledon Under-21s against Oxford United.

The 18-year-old, who was called-up for the first-team at Portsmouth on Saturday, struck twice in a 3-2 home defeat for Shaun North’s development side against United.

Oakley (pictured above) got on the end of a Harry Cooksley free-kick with an emphatic header to strike a first-half equaliser for the Dons. The visitors were 2-1 up at half-time and marched into a 3-1 lead in the second-half, before Oakley pounced on a defensive lapse to reduce the arrears.

Shaun North said: “They were two well-taken goals from George. Oxford provided very good opposition for us and it was a competitive game. We played very well for periods of the match and I was pleased with us in spells. However, we did some stupid things too that we need to eradicate from our game.”

During his first season in charge of Wimbledon’s new Under-21s set-up, Shaun North has set-up 22 games in total, offering valuable opportunities for young players to bridge the gap up to senior football.

 Tom Beere, who was in prolific scoring form for the first-team during pre-season, has started light training and is expected to return soon for the Under-21s after over two months out injured.

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