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REPORT: Sky Blues U18 2-1 Nottingham Forest U18

The Sky Blues youngsters made it back-to-back wins...

15 March 2021

The Sky Blues U18s secured victory in tough conditions against Nottingham Forest at the Alan Higgs Centre this past weekend.

The opening 10 minutes were very competitive with both sides trying to deal with the tough, windy conditions that affected the way both sides tried to play.

It took 30 minutes for the Sky Blues create the games first real opportunities, with both Sam Rodber and Sam Pitts-Eckersall having shots from distance that threatened the ‘keeper.

Their sustained pressure was rewarded in the 34th minute when centre-half Jay McGrath lobbed the ‘keeper with an overhead kick that a striker would have been proud of.

As the whistle blew for half-time City looked in control of the game with captain Pitts-Eckersall and a Trialist conducting the play and transitioning the ball well from defence to attack.

The second half was much of the same and the young Sky Blues thought they had doubled their lead when Rodber’s initial shot was saved into the path of Aaron Evans-Harriott who’s effort was saved on to the woodwork and cleared.

Nottingham Forest looked dangerous on the break as they searched for an equaliser forcing Keelan Fallows to make a few important saves. However, Coventry’s dominance in possession allowed them to grab a second.

The City Trialist, who had played well throughout was in the right place at the right time as he tapped the ball home from a goal mouth scramble.

It looked like the game was all but over with 15 minutes to go, but the visitors had other ideas as Auyandros Sarantis hammered home from close range denying City of a clean sheet.

Nothing more would come of the game with Malakai Reeve and McGrath looking strong at the back allowing the home side would walk away with the three points.


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