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25 August 2017 Venue The Alan Higgs Centre Attendance

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Coventry City U23
4 - 3
Leeds United U23
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U23 REPORT: Coventry City 4-3 Leeds United - Ponticelli hits late winner as Under-23s maintain winning start

Kwame Thomas was also on target for his third goal in as many starts for the Under-23s

25 August 2017

On a sunny afternoon at the Alan Higgs Centre and watched by a good crowd of Sky Blues fans, Jason Farndon oversaw the Under 23s as they beat Leeds United 4-3.

City started the game on the front-foot, and were camped in the Leeds half during the early stages of proceedings.

Both full-backs for the Sky Blues were getting forward well and it was the advances of Jak Hickman which saw the first goal of the game after 11 minutes, with his cross from the right diverted into his own net by Leeds centre-half Paudie O'Connor.

City continued their early dominance, with left back Chris Camwell putting in a tempting cross which was headed just wide by Kwame Thomas.

At the other end, Sky Blues keeper Corey Addai had to be alert to Eoghan Stokes' 25 yard free-kick for Leeds, smartly tipping the ball over the bar. 

Leeds were coming more into the contest, and got their reward 22 minutes in when Kun Temenuzhkov beat the offside trap to level the scores.

This pushed City up another gear, and they could have taken the lead again after 33 minutes. Good link up play from Thomas found Camwell as the spare man on the left hand side, but his rising effort was pushed over by Whites keeper Will Huffer.

City would however take the lead into half-time. A quick free-kick on the left saw Callum Maycock float a cross into the box, and Kwame Thomas leapt highest to put the Sky Blues 2-1 ahead.

On 53 minutes Leeds again brought proceedings level, Jamie Shackleton slotting home from 12 yards out after City failed to clear.

However another own goal shortly later saw City's advantage restored. Darragh Leahy, a half-time replacement for Chris Camwell, put in a dangerous cross along the six yard box. Under pressure from Thomas, Leeds defender Owens headed past his own keeper.

In an exciting and end-to-end game, there was always going to be more goals and it was again the turn of Leeds. A break into the penalty area by Leeds right back Bryce Hosannah rewarded with the sixth goal of the game to bring the scores level again.

With both teams pressing for a winner, Jordan Ponticelli was only denied by heroic defending from Leeds. The City forward broke through and rounded the on rushing keeper, only to see his effort cleared off the line by the back-tracking defender.

Fellow forward Kwame Thomas picked up an injury with around ten minutes to play after a collision with Huffer, leaving the Sky Blues to complete the match with 10 men.

Just when it appeared neither team would break the deadlock, despite half-chances at either end, Jordan Ponticelli sealed the three points for the Under 23s.

Entering the last minute of stoppage time, Ponticelli ran onto a long ball behind the Leeds defence. Reaching it just inside the right side of the penalty area, he hit a controlled shot into the bottom left corner of the net to spark wild celebrations and secure all three points for the Sky Blues.

Yellow Card: Thompson.


Coventry City U23: Addai (GK), Hickman, Ford, Thompson, Camwell (Leahy 45'), Maycock (C), Bayliss, Shipley (Sayoud 65'), Dev. Kelly-Evans (Finn 58'), Ponticelli, Thomas.

Coventry City Subs: Naylor (GK).

Leeds United U23 XI: Huffer (GK), Hosannah, Owens, Rey, O'Connor, Kitching, Sidiki, Shackleton, Temenuzhkov, Stokes, Gomes.

Leeds United U23 Subs: Male (GK), Viera, Machuca, Pearce, Mckay.

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