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Coventry City Under-17s play out a goalless draw against Luton Town

22 July 2014

City controlled most of the game but couldn't find the break-through in the pre-season friendly...

Coventry City Under-17s played out a goalless draw against Luton Town at the Alan Higgs Centre.

The Sky Blues were always in control of the game against a strong Luton Town side but couldn't find the break-through.

City should have took the lead in the 11th minute when Devon Kelly-Evans slid Bassala Sambou in behind the Luton defence but the keeper saved Sambou's chipped finish.

Sambou had another chance just after the half-hour mark when Callum Maycock picked the striker 20 yards out but Sambou put his powerful effort wide. 

City were rarely troubled at the back as Kyle Barnett, Luke Bromley and skipper Cian Harries all enjoyed a good pre-season run-out.

City's best chance of the game came in the 55th minute as Jay Albini crossed towards the back-post but striker Dan Smith put his header narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

Dion Kelly-Evans came on with 20 minutes to go and after a strong-run from right-back, he turned inside the Luton defender and was brought down, but the referee waved away the protests.

City's final chance of the game came in the last minute when Devon Kelly-Evans burst from City's half of the pitch to get past four Luton defenders but his shot was blocked in the area.

Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon said: "I thought we were defensively solid and to keep a clean sheet is always positive.

"The Under-16s who came up into the side did us proud and the patterns of play were also good. It became disjointed towards the end as we had to make a few substitutions because you get muscle tightness in pre-season.

"I'd like us to become more physical as we're a very good footballing side so that is something we'll continue to work on but it is a positive performance."

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