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MATCH REPORT: Brentford U21s 2-1 Coventry City U21s - Young City lose despite brave second-half performance

1 September 2014

The Sky Blues suffer defeat despite a second-half goal Jordan Shipley in a spirited second-half performance...

Coventry City Under-21s were unlucky to leave London empty-handed after a 2-1 defeat against Brentford.

The Sky Blues fielded a young side with the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first-round clash against Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow.

Nine Under-18s players started the game against the Bees, with many involved in the 3-3 draw against Cardiff City at the weekend. 

The home side dominated the first-half and went into the break ahead when Bradley Clayton found the bottom corner with a low effort in the 13th minute. 

The Bees continued their dominance after the break and would have gone further ahead if it wasn't for Jake Richards' brilliant shot-stopping after he denied Toumani Diagouraga and Montelle Moore within the first five minutes of the second-half.

The Sky Blues rallied and began to believe they could get something out of the game as Kyle Spence moved up front and Jacob Whitmore provided a fresh attacking imputus on the right after coming on in the 68th minute.

It was Whitmore who found Spence on the edge of the area but his low effort was saved in the 70th minute before the tireless Jordan Shipley found Dion Kelly-Evans at the back-post but the defender could only head over the bar two minutes later.

With 15 minutes remaining, the young Sky Blues got the goal their efforts deserved when Shipley timed his run brilliantly to latch onto a through-ball and slot home past the keeper.

It seemed like there would be only one winner but Brentford broke City hearts in the 79th minute when Gradi Milenge slid in to score from a left-sided cross.

Despite the defeat, the young Sky Blues will take heart from the performance where they pushed a strong Brentford side close.



Teams

Coventry City: Richards, Di Kelly-Evans, De Kelly-Evans, Bromley, Trialist (Whitmore), Harries, Spence, Lawton (c), Shopley, Stevenson, Albini (Maycock).
Subs: Addai (GK), Barnett.

Brentford: Bonham, Yennaris (c), Greene, Diagouraga, Milenge, Stone, Adams, Udumaga, Clayton, Moore, Oyelely
Subs: Hutton, Smith, Field, Morris, Miler-Rodney

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