Oxford United eased past a lifeless York City side to record their first home league win of 2016 and increase the gap between themselves and the Play Off positions to 8 points.

United secured a 4-0 romp over The Minstermen at The Kassam Stadium but in truth Michael Appleton’s side had to be far from their best to beat a York City side which offered nothing in attack or defence on a night which goes a long way to confirming the club’s relegation back to non league abyss.

In a quiet opening period to the match it didn’t take the home side long to take the lead when Callum O’Dowda was given plenty of time to shoot on the edge of the area and York City goalkeeper Michael Ingham could only palm his shot onto the knee of Jordan Bowery and the ball looped into the net off the striker to begin the rout.

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The remainder of the half was uneventful with Oxford United not offering much in attack while the visitors failed to trouble United keeper Benjamin Buchel but did manage several misplaced passes.

Oxford United started the second period with more attacking football and Callum O’Dowda and Jordan Bowery both tried their luck without hitting the target.

In the 71st minute, City keeper Michael Ingham had to be alert to save a point blank header from Kemar Roofe and a minute later the home side added a second when Chey Dunkley headed in from a corner kick when left unmarked.

Just 7 minutes later it was 3-0 when United striker Danny Hylton brushed off City defender Dave Winfield to curl a low shot past Michael Ingham and the emphatic victory was sealed 5 minutes from time when substitute Kemar Roofe tapped in from close range.

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The result goes a long way to confirming both clubs’ divisions for next season with Oxford United in a strong position for promotion to League 1 and York City now surely doomed and set for the Conference Premier.