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REPORT: Coventry City 2-3 Shrewsbury Town - Sky Blues defeated in Checkatrade Trophy opener

Joe Riley hits a 93rd minute winner to deny the Sky Blues...

29 August 2017

The Sky Blues began their Checkatrade Trophy defence with defeat after a 2-3 loss against Shrewsbury Town at the Ricoh...

Tony Andreu and Marc McNulty helped the Sky Blues recover from 2-0 down at half-time, but Joe Riley hit a fantastic winner in added time.

In what was a cautious start to proceedings with both teams battling for a foothold in the contest, a blocked Jodi Jones effort and a Lennel John-Lewis volley was the only action of note in the opening twenty minutes of play.

Despite the lack of chances the visitors found themselves with a first-half lead in the 30th minute. Jon Nolan's cross from the right was flicked on into the path of Stefan Payne. The Barnsley loanee took one touch before powering it past Burge to give his side the advantage.

One soon became two as Shrewsbury doubled their advantage just minutes later. Lee Burge produced a fine save to deny Arthur Gnahoua, but the winger pounced on the rebound to score at the second attempt.

In a rare attack for the Sky Blues Tony Andreu stole it off the toes of Aristote Nsiala with seemingly only Craig MacGillivray in the Shrewsbury goal to beat. However, the defender atoned for his mistake to make an inch-perfect tackle to deny City's number 19.

The home side should have halved the deficit a minue before half-time through Peter Vincenti. Recalled to the starting XI, the midfielder rose highest at the back post but guided a header narrowly past the far post and out for a goal kick.

The Sky Blues started the second half the better of the two sides and were rewarded inside five minutes. Jodi Jones led a counter attack, bursting forward to find Tony Andreu. The midfielder took once touch before curling a wonderful effort into the top corner to score his first City goal and halve the deficit. 

The comeback was complete shortly after with the Sky Blues scoring a quickfire double of their own. Marc McNulty was brought down inside the area after a nice passage of play and stepped up from 12-yards to confidently roll the ball into the bottom corner. 

With momentum firmly on their side, the Sky Blues went in search of a winner and came within inches of the lead. James Pearson rose highest from a corner but through a combination of Junior Brown and the crossbar, the defender was denied his first City goal.

Things soon got worse for the visitors as they were reduced to ten men. Jones' neat footwork drew the tackle from James Bolton, with the referee showing no hesitation in dismissing the Shrewsbury man.

Despite the extra man, the Sky Blues were cruelly defeated in injury time. Joe Riley, on as a second half substitute curled a wonderful free-kick into the top corner leaving Burge with no chance.

Attendance: 1,968.

Yellow: Andreu, Payne, Adams.

Red: Bolton.


Coventry City XI: Burge (GK), Grimmer, Pearson, Hyam, Di. Kelly-Evans (Maycock 45'), Doyle (C) (Beavon 51'), Stevenson (Shipley 39'), Vincenti, Andreu, Jones, McNulty.

Coventry City Subs: O'Brien (GK), Thompson, Nazon, Biamou. 

Shrewsbury Town XI: MacGillivray (GK), Godfrey, Beckles, Whalley (Riley 73'), Gnahoua (Adams 73'), Brown, Bolton, John-Lewis, Nolan, Nsiala (C), Payne.

Shrewsbury Town Subs: Gregory (GK), Morris, Dodds, Jules, Rodman.

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TICKETS: Coventry City v Shrewsbury Town - Checkatrade Trophy tickets now on general sale

The Sky Blues start their defence of the Trophy won at Wembley...

24 August 2017

Coventry City begin their defence of the Checkatrade Trophy next Tuesday, 29th August, against Shrewsbury Town...

Tickets are now on general sale for the encounter at the Ricoh Arena, with kick-off at 7:45pm.

Only the West Stand at the Ricoh Arena will be open for Sky Blues fans on the night.

This game is not included in 2017/18 Season Tickets.


Adults & Seniors (60+) - £10
Under 18s - £5


Adults & Seniors (60+) - £11
Under 18s - £6


  • (print at home facility now available – just click ‘Fast Ticket’ and your ticket will be sent to your inbox!)
  • 0844 453 9134 (Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm. Sat/Sun, 8am-6pm) .
  • Butts Park Arena Ticket Office (Mon- Fri, 10:30am-4:30pm. Except Wednesday’s when it is closed)

Please note tickets are no longer available at the Club Shop at Arena Shopping Park.


  • Matchday Ticket Office at the Ricoh Arena next to the Jimmy Hill Statue - open from 3pm

    (Please note: The Matchday Ticket Office will be based inside the Wasps Club Shop next to the Jimmy Hill Statue throughout this season, rather than the atrium which it was towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign.)

  • Cash Turnstiles 42/4344/45 in the West Stand will be open from 6:30pm. 

    (Fans are advised to arrive at least 15 minutes before kick-off when purchasing via cash turnstiles)

  • (print at home facility now available  – just click ‘Fast Ticket’ and your ticket will be sent to your inbox)

  • 0844 453 9134 


For ticket questions and queries, please email or call 0333 321 3134 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).

Please note a £1 Ticketmaster processing fee applies to tickets purchased across all channels, excluding cash turnstiles where this is included in the price shown.


This game is not included as part of your 2017/18 Season Ticket.

West Stand Season Ticket holders who purchase for the same seat as their Season Ticket is in, will be able to upload their match ticket to their card.

All other Season Ticket holders will receive paper tickets when purchasing. 

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