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ACADEMY: Sky Blues U18 2-1 Bristol City U18

City got back to winning ways...

12 April 2021

Coventry City’s U18s beat Bristol City 2-1 at home this weekend with a late winner from captain George Burroughs.

It was a much-changed Coventry City side that welcomed Bristol City to the Alan Higgs Centre with seven changes being made to the starting XI that hosted Watford last weekend.

The young Sky Blues looked lively from the off and grabbed an early goal in the sixth minute of play after Aaron Evans-Harriott’s lofted cross was headed home by Harrison Nee.

A youthful Coventry side looked to dictate the tempo and play in the first half and managed to keep out Bristol with Evans-Harriott playing well in the early stages as he played in midfield instead of out wide.

However, just on the half hour mark a stray pass from Nee forced Burroughs to make a pass of his own back to keeper Luke Bell which went inches wide of the post nearly resulting in an own goal.

Despite this moment of lapse in concentration the Sky Blues held on convincingly to their 1-0 lead until half-time.

On the hour mark Evans-Harriott looked to put the game to bed for Coventry with an effort from the edge of the box which he rifled over the bar.

Coventry would later regret their missed opportunity, as Dylan Lewis equalised with a volley from the edge of the box after the home side failed to clear their lines from a corner.

Despite the score level with 15 minutes to go, neither side looked threatening enough to grab a winner that was until Burroughs made a darting run, a minute from time, which saw him cut it back to Sam Rodber, who failed to tap it in from close range.

It looked like the Sky Blues’ chance to win the game had gone, that was until a corner two minutes in to added time provided the side with the winner. An in-swinging corner from Bradley Stretton bounced off Burroughs’ shin and into the net to secure all three points late on for Coventry. 

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