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MATCH REPORT: Coventry City U21s 2-1 Cardiff City U21s - Dion Kelly-Evans' late strike seals Bluebirds win

10 August 2015

Goals from Ben Stevenson and Dion Kelly-Evans seals opening day victory for the Sky Blues at the Ricoh Arena...

Coventry City Under-21s impressed on the opening day of the Under-21s season, claiming a late victory against Cardiff City.

Rhys Healey put Cardiff ahead in the first-half but Ben Stevenson leveled early in the second-half before Dion Kelly-Evans struck in stoppage time to win the game.

The Sky Blues started the game with Ivor Lawton taking the captain's armband in midfield and Jack Finch starting at centre-back.

Corey Addai also started for City and he was called into action for the first time in the 13th minute as a clearance fell to Rhys Healey but Addai got down smartly.

Devon Kelly-Evans was lively for the home side and he combined with the trialist well to open up space in the area, but his shot was blocked just a minute later.

Healey had another chance just five minutes later but his shot was blocked by Ben Stevenson before Cardiff took the lead on the half-hour.

Tommy O'Sullivan found space just outside the area to give him enough to place a curling shot in the top corner to give the Bluebirds the lead.

Early in the second-half, the Sky Blues pulled themselves level. Devon Kelly-Evans, City's most dangerous player, pulled back for Stevenson to fire home from five yards.

Devon Kelly-Evans almost put the Sky Blues ahead after neat play between Callum Maycock and Stevenson, but his 25-yard shot flew over the bar.

Cardiff's Healey had two chances to restore the away side's lead but both times, Addai denied him with his feet as City pressed for a late winner.

And they found it. A great move across the pitch found Dion Kelly-Evans in space on the right-side of the box and he powered a low shot past the keeper to win the game for City.


Coventry City U21s: Addai (GK), Di. Kelly-Evans, Haynes (Leahy 46), Lawton (C), Finch, Harries, Dev. Kelly-Evans, Maycock, Trialist, Shipley (Finn 85), Stevenson.

Subs: Skuza (GK), Hickman, Albini.

Cardiff City U21s: O'Reilly (GK), Barnum-Bubb, Rees, Burridge, Watkins, Baker, Veale, Pattan, Healey, O'Sullivan (Noor 88), Roche (Phipps 82).

Subs: Abbruzzese, Wakeman, Wharton, Noor.

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