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REPORT: Southampton 18s 3-0 Sky Blues 18s

The Sky Blues depart the FA Youth Cup...

7 December 2020

The Sky Blues were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup this past weekend after, losing 3-0 to Southampton at St Mary’s.

The hosts started well with an early goal in just the 6th minute. Kazeem Olaigbe finished off a great move from the Saints with a low driven strike from the edge of the box.

A lively start continued when on 10 minutes both sides had penalty shouts which were waved away by referee Daniel Austin.

Despite not giving the penalties the referee had a lot of work to do in the middle of the park has both teams battled physically for midfield domination. 

City keeper Keelan Fallows was called into work in the 25th minute but comfortably dealt with a free kick from a dangerous area. Fallows and defender Malakai Reeve were again called into action just five minutes before the break to stop Sam Bellis, who found himself through on goal.

It went from bad to worse for the Sky Blues when a penalty was awarded to Southampton as a result of George Burroughs brining down Bellis, who converted the penalty to give the Saints a two-goal lead heading into the break.

Both sides were greeted for the second half by substantial rainfall and tough playing conditions.

It was a bright start to the second half for the Sky Blues with their best chance coming from a header that was nodded just wide by McGrath.

Down the other end and Fallows again was busy. His double save on the stroke of the hour mark kept City in the game. However, only five minutes later and the hard work of the Coventry defence was met with a third goal for the hosts. Kegs Chalke hit one from distance which flew past Fallows into the bottom corner.

Harrison Nee and Will Bapaga continued to cause problems for the Southampton defence late on and with just over five minutes to go Bapaga had the best chance of the half for City. The striker, who has featured in the first team, found himself with his back to goal from 12-yards-out, on the half turn he fired his effort just over the bar.

However, that was City’s last chance at getting a consolation and Southampton saw the game out knocking Coventry out of the FA Youth Cup in the process. 


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