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MATCH REPORT: Coventry City 1-0 Stoke City - Sky Blues claim FA Youth Cup upset as Sambou scores again

11 December 2015

Bassala Sambou's second-half strike seals the victory against the Potters as the Sky Blues progress...

Coventry City claimed an FA Youth Cup upset as they dominated Premier League Stoke City to secure a 1-0 victory at Leamington.

Bassala Sambou notched his seventh goal of this season's FA Youth Cup campaign as the Sky Blues secure a fourth-round berth tie against Charlton Athletic.

Reece Ford returned to Jason Farndon's side after recovering from injury but the City centre-back was rarely troubled in the first-half as the home side dominated. 

Both teams took time to settle on the Leamington pitch and Jordan Shipley had the first chance of the game when he curled a 25-yard free-kick over with a quarter of an hour gone.

Two minutes later, City fashioned another opening as Jay Albini burst into the area from the left but his cross was blocked in the six-yard area with Bassala Sambou present.

The City striker almost captured the headlines in the 20th minute when he found space 40-yards out and lobbed the keeper who was off his line but his effort came back off the under-side of the bar and away. Despite strong claims the shot went over the line, the linesman awarded no goal.

The category one side created very little with Julian N'Goy having their only chance of the half when he slid a left-sided cross towards goal for Chris Camwell to clear.

The Sky Blues got the break-through early in the second-half. Camwell, who was a constant threat with his left-sided deliveries, found Sambou in the area and he turned the ball home for his seventh FA Youth Cup goal this season in the 48th minute. 

Three minutes later, Sambou should have doubled City's lead. Camwell's cross-field ball was brilliantly controlled by Albini who crossed for the City striker, but the Stoke goalkeeper smothered the ball from point-blank range.

In the 67th minute, substitute Ronee Hendricks almost found the net but his shot was well saved from a tight angle before Stoke's N'Goy had a close-range effort well blocked by Darragh Leahy.

As the game drifted into a tense final 10 minutes, Shipley should have scored when Hendricks found him in the area but he placed his shot wide after the ball bobbled on the pitch.

The late pressure from the away side failed to materialise as the Sky Blues progress to the fourth round with a brilliant performance.



Teams

Coventry City: Addai (GK), Whitmore, Camwell, Maycock, Ford, Leahy (C), Albini, Bayliss, Sambou, Shipley, Smith (Hendricks 57).

Subs: Skuza (GK), Hickman, Thompson, Finn.

Stoke City: Marques (GK), Edwards, Wells, Yao (Shepherd 54), Sadiki (Read 71), Williams (C), Verlinden, Jarvis, N'Goy, Shenton, Bolkiah (Dunwoody 54).

Subs: Allen, Silva.

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