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REPORT: Sky Blues U23 1-1 Watford U23

21 October 2019

The Sky Blues were forced to settle for a share of the points in Professional Development League action against Watford.

City had took the lead through Gervane Kastaneer, but Sam Dalby levelled for the visitors with five minutes remaining.

The visitors created the first opportunity of the game when Dalby turned on the edge of the box and got a shot away, but it went wide of Wilson’s goal.

City looked to test the Watford ‘keeper early on when Gervane Kastaneer cut in from the left onto his right and drilled a shot from distance, but Parkes saved well.

However, he was unable to prevent Kastaneer putting the Sky Blues in front ten minutes later when the winger was on the end of a Jack Burroughs ball across goal and he took a touch and slotted the ball into the back of the net.

City thought they’d doubled their lead moments later, but Kastaneer’s shot which was parried into the path of Ngandu was ruled out for offside.

Gervane continue to cause Watford problems and almost added a second when he took it past one and got a shot away, but his effort was straight down the throat of the ‘keeper.

Ben Wilson was called into action for the first time with five minutes before the break as he had to be on hand to deny a free-kick from around 25 yards out.

That would prove to be the last chance of the half and after the break it was the Hornets who came close again, only to be denied by a Jonny Ngandu block.

City countered up the other end and it was Burroughs who came close when the ball popped up to him on the half volley, but his effort went into the side netting.

Watford continued to press and the Sky Blues caught them on the break and Jordan Young found Max Biamou, who came on at half time, but the strikers shot was saved by Parkes.

It was the City ‘keeper who was called into action next and it was a great save from Wilson who made himself big to prevent the Watford man finding the goal.

The Sky Blues looked to put the game to bed and continued to create openings and it was Biamou who found Ngandu in the middle and the midfielder ran towards goal and got a shot away, but he couldn’t find the target.

Biamou himself almost pulled off his standard screamer when he brought the ball down on his chest and looked for the top corner, but his effort went inches over the bar. 

However the visitors found a leveller with five minutes remaining when a shot from outside of the box was initially saved by Wilson, but on the follow up, Dalby fired home.

As City pushed for a winner Watford were reduced to ten men when Ngandu was pulled back through on the counter attack.

In injury time the Sky Blues had one last opportunity to find a winner, but after Joe Newton found Bremang in the box, the striker headed over the bar.

 


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