Published: 30/07/2011 19:13 - Updated: 30/07/2011 19:18

Osano celebrates deal with cracker

Curtis Osano celebrates his first goal for the Hatters
Curtis Osano celebrates his first goal for the Hatters


Pre-season friendly
Milton Road
Saturday, July 30, 2011

Curtis Osano marked his first match since signing a six-month contract with Luton Town by scoring a stunning long range goal as the Hatters prepared for the visit of Italian Serie A side Parma on Tuesday by brushing aside Cambridge City.

The goal from the defender, who penned a deal along with Will Antwi on Friday, came after youngster Adam Watkins opened the scoring.

Aaron O’Connor then netted twice after the break to put the seal on the victory over the Evo-Stick Premier outfit.

Town started with trialist strikers Leon McKenzie and Nathan Elder, who scored in the 3-2 defeat to Gabala on Wednesday night.

He almost scored for second match in a row when the two strikers combined early on but fired straight at former Luton keeper Zac Barrett.

He was then off target with a header after Watkins picked him out at the back stick.

McKenzie was not to be outdone and neither was Barrett, who turned his around the post.

But by the 17th minute the stopper was picking the ball out of the back of the net when James Dance set up Watkins who finished from close range.

The teenager should have scored a second soon after when the two players again combined only for Watkins to fluff his lines when pulling the trigger.

Mark Tyler in the Luton goal was called into action, saving from Lee Clift with the help of Dean Beckwith, before he stopped Luke Robins’ effort.

Osano showed the City man how it is done, and in some style, dribbling from the halfway line and rifling in from distance.

After the break the Lilywhites went close through Dave Theobald, Dubi Ogbonna and Joey Abbs, while Ogbonna also struck the woodwork.

Barrett kept out and Elder effort at the other end with Luton struggling to get into the second period. But the third goal came on 79 minutes when O’Connor combined with Danny Crow before slotting home.

Ed Asafu-Adjaye preserved Town’s clean sheet soon after when he cleared Craig Hammond’s header off the line.

But the Hatters pushed for a fourth and eventually got it after Robbie Willmott, Crow and Alex Lawless went close.

Dance was again the provider when he slipped O’Connor in to double his tally for the afternoon.

LUTON: Tyler, Osano, Asafu-Adjaye, Keane (Lawless 46), Beckwith (Antwi 46), Lacey, Dance, Watkins (Howells 46), Elder (O’Connor 65), McKenzie (Crow 46), Morgan-Smith (Willmott 73).

Unused substitutes: Kevin Pilkington.

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