September 6, 2015: Bristol Rovers 0, Oxford United 1

A PIECE of Kemar Roofe magic secured victory for Oxford United – and it would not be the last time that season.

The forward raced in off the left wing to meet Patrick Hoban’s knock-down and find the net from 20 yards to see off Bristol Rovers.

U’s midfielder Liam Sercombe had been sent off moments earlier in a fiery Sky Bet League Two clash, which also saw Rovers man Ollie Clarke red-carded after 16 minutes.

It moved United fourth in the table, with 12 points from six matches, as they continued their unbeaten start to the season.

The Rovers squad included future U’s players Matty Taylor and Billy Bodin, the latter starting on the bench, and a hostile Memorial Stadium created plenty of atmosphere for a clash televised live on Sky Sports.

That spilled over with a quarter of an hour gone, when Clarke was sent off for elbowing Danny Rose.

Roofe had a goal disallowed for a Ryan Taylor foul, but otherwise United were unable to make the most of their advantage.

It became 10v10 when Sercombe received his second booking for a foul on Matty Taylor, but three minutes later the U’s broke the deadlock.

Roofe’s strike was a moment of pure quality that deserved to be captured by the cameras, sending the United fans in that corner wild.

Rovers pushed forward searching for an equaliser, but they were thwarted by U’s goalkeeper Sam Slocombe on three occasions.

It was among the most valuable of Roofe’s 26 goals that season, which also included match-winning contributions against Swindon Town, Swansea City, Millwall and more.

United ended the season second, one point above Rovers and fourth-placed Accrington Stanley, and it proved a key win in their promotion push.

Oxford United: Slocombe, Baldock, Dunkley, Wright, Skarz, MacDonald, Sercombe, Rose, Roofe (Lundstram), Hylton (Ruffels), Taylor (Hoban).

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