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REPORT: Sky Blues Under-18s Suffer First Defeat

The youngsters fall at the hands of Birmingham...

22 October 2020

Coventry City’s unbeaten run came to an end as they fell victim to Birmingham City 7-4 at the Alan Higgs Centre.

The Sky Blues came into this game unbeaten after two wins against Barnsley and Queens Park Rangers and a draw against Crewe Alexandra.

Coventry looked like they were going to continue that run as Malakai Reeve scored in the first minute, as he rose well from a corner and directed the ball into the corner of the net.

The lead was short lived though, as Birmingham took only three minutes to equalise through Remi Walker and that one turned to two in an instant as, just before the ten-minute mark, Birmingham striker Amari Miller headed home calmly from a corner, giving them a 2-1 lead. 

Unfortunately for the Sky Blues youngsters, the away side grabbed another two, making it 4-1 in the first 15 minutes. The first was a tidy finish at the near post whilst the second saw Marcel Oakley get to a loose through ball and slide it past the keeper.

The early onslaught stunned the Sky Blues who had finally got a foothold on the game and were managing to deal with Birmingham controlling both the tempo and possession.

The tempo was lost though after a lengthy break in play due to an injury to Matthew Harland which saw Alex Costa come on as a replacement.

It didn’t get any easier for the Sky Blues though and as Birmingham had added another. Jobe Bellingham got their fifth after he drilled Oakley’s cross low into the bottom corner.

Harrison Nee responded just before halftime as he grabbed his first of the game. Again, from a cross Reeve headed the ball down towards Nee who slotted it under the keeper, making it 2-5 going into the break.

Unfortunately for Coventry the second half was more of the same. Centre half Marco Browne got the sixth on 53 minutes, after another corner was headed home comfortably.

On the hour mark the Blues made a double change with Bellingham and Josh Williams being replaced by Callum Sullivan and George Hall and it took only seven minutes for Hall to get his name on the scoresheet after a simple tap in from a cross out wide.

However, the Sky Blues continued to battle and a piece of individual brilliance was the reason for their third, with 15 minutes to go. Aaron Evans-Harriot hit a sweet strike, on the volley, to beat the keeper from the edge of the box. 

Nee got Coventry’s fourth and final goal with ten minutes to go after he beat the keeper low from range. The Sky Blues saw out the last ten minutes without any more action and conceded their first loss of the season four games in.

Sky Blues XI: Bell, Harland (Costa 39’), McGrath, Finnegan, Reeve, Howley, Hewitt, Nightingale, Rodber (Purves 70’), Nee, Evans-Harriott

Unused: Fallows, Massey

Birmingham City XI: Clayton, Oakley, Djurovic (Scanlon 70’), Chang, Craig, Browne, Williams (Hall 60’), Walker, Miller, Patterson, Bellingham (Sullivan 60’)

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