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MATCH REPORT: Colchester United U21 2-2 Coventry City U21 - Shaun Miller brace rescues points for second-half Sky Blues

24 September 2014

The Sky Blues recovered from a poor first-half performance to get their third draw of the Professional Development League season...

Coventry City Under-21s recovered from a poor first-half performance to claim a point at Colchester United.

Billy Daniels and Adam Barton started in midfield for City with striker Shaun Miller looking to get valuable match minutes after an ankle injury.

The home side took advantage of a poor start from the Sky Blues when Drey Wright's low left-sided cross found Byron Lawrence to slot home past Lee Burge.

City could have found themselves level just seven minutes later when Jack Finch crossed for Miller but the Colchester's Vincent-Young crucially intercepted.

The home side doubled their advantage three minutes later when Colchester got down the left and this time, Macauley Bonne found the bottom corner. 

It could have been worse for City before the break but Burge was in formidable form. Drey Wright's 35th-minute free-kick looked destined for the top corner, only for Burge to deny him with a finger-tip save.

City needed a reaction in the second half and what ever was said at half-time in the dressing room seemed to do the trick.

James Maddison beat two defenders on the edge of the area before he found Miller to finish in the 49th minute.

City piled forward and got level just two minutes later when Cian Harries found the run of Miller with a driven 60-yard ball and the City striker rounded the keeper to score.

It looked as though there would only be one winner and five minutes from time, City should have sealed an incredible comeback.

Aaron Phillips and George Thomas combined to find the on-rushing Daniels but he placed his curling effort narrowly wide.


Coventry City: Burge (GK), Phillips, Bromley(Stevenson 34), Lawton, Harries, Di. Kelly-Evans, Daniels, Finch, Barton, Miller (Thomas 64), Maddison (Spence 81).
Subs: Richards (GK), Dev. Kelly-Evans. 

Colchester United: Bransgrove, Vincent-Young, O'Donoghue, Roast (c), Lokko, Lapslie, Curtis, Lawrence, Sembie-Ferris, Wright, Bonne
Subs: Carroll (GK), Brampton, Hubble, Smith

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