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York City topple League Two leaders Oxford United 3-1
5:25pm Saturday 1st September 2012 in Sport
YORK City notched their first home win of the npower League Two campaign as they toppled leaders Oxford United 3-1.
The Minstermen, who handed debuts to new signings Clarke Carlisle and Charlie Taylor, made a stunning start, with Michael Coulson opening the scoring after barely 20 seconds.
Coulson pounced after Paddy McLaughlin's strike was spilled by United 'keeper Ryan Clarke.
Michael Ingham then made a superb save from Deane Smalley's spot kick after a handball in the penalty area.
A crisp passing move was finished off by forward Ashley Chambers to give City a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes, although the visitors pulled a goal back on 23 minutes when Paddy McLaughlin was credited with an own goal.
The home side rode their luck at the back in the later stages of the first period, but they tightened up considerably after the break, with Carlisle showing impeccable timing and positioning to keep Oxford at bay.
A trademark strike by McLaughlin restored City's two-goal cushion nine minutes after the restart and they comfortably saw out the game after that point.
The win moved Gary Mills' men up to ninth in the League Two table.