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MATCH REPORT: Coventry City U21s 1-2 Leeds United U21s - Bassala Sambou nets his ninth goal in four games as City narrowly beaten

9 November 2015

Corey Addai was also in good form but a young City side were narrowly beaten...

Bassala Sambou netted his ninth goal in four games in a narrow 2-1 defeat for the Coventry City Under-21s against Leeds United.

Corey Addai made a number of saves in an excellent performance but goals just before and after half-time were enough for the visitors to take three points against the Sky Blues.

Lee Glover's side - which started with seven Under-18s players - got off the best of starts after four minutes, when Ben Stevenson got the ball from deep and threaded in a wonderful through ball which released Sambou. On the right of the penalty area, the striker continued his rich vein of form with a confident finish into the bottom left corner to open the scoring.

Leeds were almost level five minutes later when Souleymane Doukara got clear one-on-one, but Addai made the first of many stellar saves and parried the striker's effort.

Just before the half hour mark, Addai was called upon again to deny Doukara, this time denying the striker a tap in from point-blank range with fine reactions.

The visitors were cranking up the pressure, before netting on the stroke of half-time. Doukara got the byline and squared the ball to Luke Parkin and the forward had time to compose himself before placing the ball into the bottom left corner past the three City players on the line.

Just 20 second after the interval, City were behind when Casper Sloth guided in Parkin's deflected effort.

Addai would then go on to make two more great saves, the first came in the 49th minute when he spread himself well to deny Parkin who had got in behind.

Ten minutes later, the Under-18s goalkeeper was at it again, this time getting a good hand to denying Sloth who hit a firm effort from 20-yards which was sailing into the bottom corner.

City had the better of the final 20 minutes though and were unlucky not to get an equaliser with 13 minutes to play. Ryan Haynes steamed past two men on the left and got into the area. He then smashed an effort which Eric Grimes in the Leeds goal did extremely well to parry, before the full-back pounced on the rebound but Grimes managed to get his body in front of the ball to keep it out.

That was the last that real chance of the game for the hosts as the young Sky Blues team were narrowly beaten.


Coventry City: Addai, Whitmore, Ford (Smith 45), Leahy, Haynes, Di Kelly-Evans, Maycock, Stevenson, Shipley, Elford-Alliyu (Finn 77), Sambou.

Subs: Skuza, Camwell, Albini. 

Leeds United: Grimes, Purver, Vann, Skelton, Denton, Bianchi, Phillips, Sloth, Stokes, Parkin, Doukara. 

Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Downing, Lyman, Walters.

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