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REPORT: Sky Blues U23 6-1 Crystal Palace U23

15 January 2018

The Sky Blues Under-23’s made it back to back wins in the Professional Development League South with victory against Crystal Palace at the Alan Higgs Centre.

A hat-trick for January loan signing Josh Barrett, a brace for Jordan Ponticelli and another goal for Stuart Beavon, saw City to getting all three points. 

The Sky Blues almost break the deadlock after just two minutes, as Ponticelli saw his effort canon off the crossbar from just inside the box. 

It was a great run down the left from Josh Barrett minutes later as he fainted a shot and then cuts inside and fired an effort at goal, but the Palace defence managed to get a block in.  

Barrett continued to look lively and he tried his luck from range seconds later and forced the Palace ‘keeper into a good save. 

However, after nine minutes it was Stuart Beavon who opened the scoring for City. A cross from the left by Ryan Haynes was headed in by the striker and it looped over the ‘keeper and into the back of the net.

Almost seconds later and it was 2-0. Ben Stevenson played the ball across the box and Josh Barrett was there to power home his first of the afternoon.

The Sky Blues were looking in fine form and almost had a third when Stuart Beavon ran at goal, but a last ditch tackle by Palace went only as far as Ponticelli, but his effort was well stopped.

On the 32nd minute mark, Josh Barrett got his second of the afternoon. He picked up the ball at the back post, cut inside and fired it past the Palace ‘keeper.

A few minutes later and Palace had their first effort on goal. Freddie Ladapo got a sight at goal and forced Liam O’Brien into a good save at his near post.

Although, after that attack City went straight up the other end and a superb pass from Jack Hickman released Jordan Ponticelli and he chipped it over the ‘keeper to make it 4-0.

And Ponticelli got his second just before half-time as the ball was played through to him by Dominic Hyam and it left the striker clear on goal and he slotted it into the back of the net. 

It was a quiet start to the game after the break, with first shot on goal coming after 60 minutes, as it was Ladapo again for the visitors who won the ball in the air and directed his header at goal, but O’Brien was equal to it.

That sparked the Sky Blues into life and Barrett was almost celebrating his hat-trick, but his effort was cleared off the line.

Moments later an Palace managed to get themselves a consolation goal, when Nya Kirby powered the ball from the right past O’Brien to make it 5-1.

However, it would be City who would have the final say and it was a great afternoon capped off by a hat-trick for Barrett, as he was the quickest to react  from the Palace ‘keepers parry and he slotted it into an empty net with a few minutes remaining. 


Sky Blues Xl: O’Brien, Haynes, Hyam, McDonald, Di. Kelly-Evans, Hickman, Maycock, Stevenson, Barrett, Beavon, Ponticelli

Subs: Camwell, Sayoud, Ford, Thompson, Finn


Crystal Palace Xl: Henry, Bissaka, Mitchell, McGregor, Woods, Brown, Lokilo, Kirby, Ladapo, KaiKai, Lumeka

Subs: Flanagan, Tupper, Robertson, Simmonds, Lynch

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