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UNDER-18S: John Dempster Watford Reaction

The Under-18s coach was pleased with his side's opening day win...

16 August 2021

The young Sky Blues got off to a winning start in their league campaign beating Watford 3-2 in an action-packed game at the Alan Higgs Centre.

A brace for Isaac Moore and another for Bradley Stretton helped to ensure any late fight back from the visitors would prove nothing more than a consolation.

Speaking after the game manager John Dempster expressed his delight at the performance:

“Yes, we’re really pleased with the way the boys played today, we played Watford towards the back end of last season, and we knew they’d be a very god outfit, very competitive and a good footballing side.

“We were excellent to a man all over the pitch and scored three good goals, three different goals.

“Also, I have to give a special mention to Isaac Moore playing as a 15-year-old and to get two goals from midfield is a magnificent effort.

“Some of his efforts off the ball were great today and his regains of possession were top draw so we’re really pleased with him.”

In football it’s often key moments either mistakes or pieces of magic that change a game and make the difference in the result. That was true today after a superb save from Luke Bell kept Coventry 2-0 to the good early in the second half.

Recognising this, Dempster said: “Belly has had an excellent pre-season, he’s been training with the U23s and the first team working with their coaches over the last few months, and he’s put in a great performance with that save a key moment in the game and top draw from him

“Some of the defending when Watford put us under pressure towards the end was good. We showed a really high level of resilience, and the boys can be proud.”

Coventry nearly let the win get away from them conceding two late goals. However, thanks to Moore’s halfway line effort City came away with the three points.

“We were disappointed to concede two as we were in control of the game, but it was good to see the boys have to defend their goal and deal with the pressure and like I said we were really pleased with their resilience.”


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