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MATCH REPORT: Birmingham City U18 1-5 Coventry City U18 - Fantastic Four for Sambou as City go riot

2 November 2015

Kyle Finn scored the fifth goal of the game as the Sky Blues go within three points of the top of the league, with a game in hand...

Coventry City Under-18s secured a remarkable 5-1 victory over Birmingham City on Saturday, at Wast Hills training ground.

Jason Farndon's side were ruthless against Blues who struggled to deal with striker Bassala Sambou who notched four of City's five goals.

After a quiet 30 minutes, the Sky Blues took the lead after a neat move down the right which involved Jay Albini, Dagry Mantsounga, Tom Bayliss and Jacob Whitmore, who used his blistering pace to provide a low cross for Bassala Sambou to back-heel the ball into the bottom corner.

Five minutes later, City doubled their lead. Jordan Shipley's long-range effort came off the post and Sambou was dragged back on the rebound, and he stepped up to put away the resulting penalty. 

The Sky Blues were brimming with confidence at this stage and it only took five minutes after the break for Sambou to get his hat-trick. He won the ball on the edge of the area and fired home after the keeper dropped the ball over the line.

Shortly after, Sambou notched his eighth goal in his last five Under-18s games when Albini burst down the right to cut back for Sambou who slotted home his fourth goal of the game just before the hour-mark.

Birmingham responded with a consolation in the 83rd minute but City were to have the last word two minutes from time when Kyle Finn produced a wonderful turn and finish on the left to complete the scoring.


City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon said: "It was a great result for us. We actually started the game really poorly and I was quite disappointed with the first 10 to 15 minutes.

"But, the game just turned and the players sensed a victory and really went for it. It was great to see us become so ruthless in front of goal and the opposition couldn't respond to it. 

"Obviously, it is always good to win a local derby as all the players know each other from being around the local scene so they'll gain plenty of confidence from it.

"We've now got another local derby on Wednesday against Walsall in the FA Youth Cup and I'm sure the players are going to be really fired up for the game."
 

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