Three and Easy! Oxford pay the penalty as Cambridge win Varsity football for the THIRD straight year

Cambridge win their third straight Varsity Football match on penalties after a exciting 0-0 draw. Fergus Kent proved the hero by saving Oxford’s fourth penalty to send the Cambridge support wild.

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After a tense and hard-fought 0-0 draw, the 130th Varsity Match went to penalties. It was Cambridge’s Fergus Kent who proved to be the hero at Craven Cottage, as he saved Adam Herdsman’s penalty, sending the light blue supporters wild.

Cambridge slightly edged a close first half; however, Oxford came out as the better team after the break and came close early in the second half. Kent was well beaten by an Oxford header which cannoned against the post, whilst the Cambridge keeper made a great save after the ball fell lose in his box with five minutes left to play.

Oxford varsity free kick Set pieces dominated much of the game

As the sun finally appeared at Craven Cottage when the whistle blew for full-time, the match progressed straight to a penalty shootout.

Cambridge’s captain Anthony Childs scored the first penalty before Ezra Rubenstein levelled the score at 1-1. Chris Hutton took Cambridge’s second penalty and sent the keeper the wrong way to retake the lead, before Brook Toser blasted his penalty over the bar.

Glaswegian centre-mid James May placed his penalty well in the bottom corner to put Cambridge 3-1 up before Ben May brought it back to 3-2. Cambridge went 4-2 up after a great penalty from John Gorringe was too powerful for the Oxford keeper. Oxford sent Adam Herdsman up for decisive penalty but he was unable to beat Fergus Kent and prevent Cambridge from winning their third straight varsity match.

Cambridge celebrate victory

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