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REPORT: Sky Blues U23s 2-0 Hull City U23s

9 September 2019

Coventry City Under 23s extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-0 win against Hull City at the Alan Higgs Centre this afternoon.

Strikers Max Biamou and David Bremang both found the net for the Sky Blues.

In a slow start to the game, the home side dominated possesion but their rhythm was disrupted when Jamie Allen came off after seven minutes as a precaution, the Sky Blues midfielder playing his first game of the season.

After 14 minutes, the Sky Blues took the lead. Max Biamou, who was playing just behind Amadou Bakayoko in attack, got the ball around 30 yards from goal. With time and space, he hit the ball with his left foot high past the Hull keeper to give the Sky Blues the lead.

Full backs Tennai Watson and Joe Newton were both getting forward well, and their dangerious crosses into the box were causing many problems for the Tigers defence.

The next chance fell to Bakayoko, as a result of good work from Charlie Wakefield. The winger beat his man on the right, and put a good cross into the box which caused confusion in the Hull defence. Two half chances were cleared before the ball fell to Bakayoko, whose low shot was held by the Hull keeper to his right.

The next goalkeeper called into action was Billson in the Sky Blues goal, just before the hlaf-time whistle. Hull broke down their right, and striker Berry hit a rasping shot that forced Billson to react smartly and turn the ball around the post for a corner - and ensure the Sky Blues went into the second-half ahead.

The second half started badly for the Sky Blues when Midfielder Dan Bartlett, who had replaced Jamie Allen, also went off injured. Bartlett, who made his first-team debut last week in the Leasing.com Trophy against Walsall, collided with a Hull counterpart in the middle of the park and came off worse, resulting in him being stretchered off and replaced by Jack Burroughs.

Charlie Wakefield tested the Hull keeper after 55 minutes, cutting inside dangerously and htting a shot that the keeper grabbed at the second attempt, while at the other end Watson had to be sharp to block a Hull shot that looked to test Billson again.

On 76 minutes, David Bremang came on for Bakayoko, and the young Sky Blues forward had an instant impact. The ball reached him 25 yards from goal, he took and touch to control the ball and then unleashed an effort that hit the underside of the bar and went in.

Bremang almost doubled his tally five minutes later. Drysdale's searching ball was controlled smartly by Wakefield on the edge of the box, who cut the ball back across the area. Bapaga dummied the ball for Bremang, whose low shot was blocked as it looked to go in.

The home side continued to control proceedings as Hull struggled to create any clear cut chances, only forcing Billson into a meaningul second-half save late on, when a speculative 30 yard effort was acrobatically turned over the bar.

The Sky Blues came away 2-0 winners, to continue an impressive unbeaten start to the season, ahead of Friday's game against Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

CCFC XI: Billson (GK), Watson, Williams (C), Drysdale, Newton, Eccles, Allen (Bartlett,7. J.Burroughs, 49), Biamou, Wakefield, Bapaga, Bakayoko (Bremang, 76). 

Subs Not Used: Tyler (GK), Walters, Bremang.

Hull City XI: Andrew, Odunston, Leake, Hanson, Smith, Jacob, Carew, Jones, Berry, Rouse, Salam.

Subs: Mannion, Snelgrove, Lovick, Rees, Jarvis.

 


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