Goals from Matty Godden, Jonny Ngandu and Julien Dacosta secured all three points for the Under-23s against Wigan Athletic earlier today.
It was the visitors who had the first chance of the game and it was striker Sam Opeaon who brought the ball down on the edge, but his shot didn’t trouble Marko Marosi.
However, the Latina next effort did bring Marko into action and he produced a superb save to deny Kenzie O’Neill and then had to be up quick to make another quick save.
City would go up the other end and it was Matty Godden who picked out the run of his strike partner Tyler Walker and he was brought down on the edge of the area through on goal, and the referee reached to his pocket and sent off Jack Sanders.
The Sky Blues looked to take advantage of the extra man and they went close to making the breakthrough and it was Jonny Ngandu who teed up Jack Burroughs on the edge of the area, but his shot was well saved.
Next up it was Ngandu’s turn to have a shot on goal and he cut inside onto his right and looked to curl an effort into the top corner, but the ball sailed over the bar.
City were domination the ball and the chances were coming thick and fast, this time it was Josh Eccles who picked out Tyler Walker in the box, but the striker’s header went over the bar.
Eccles was providing a threat with his delivery into the box and this time he picked out Blaine Rowe from a corner, but the defender headed inches wide.
The hard-work paid off and City took the lead and it all came down the right-hand-side where Julien Dacosta found Will Bapaga in the middle and he beat his man and slid the ball through for Matty Godden and the striker slotted the ball home to make it 1-0.
Straight after the restart Godden almost had his and City’s second as he was on the end of a superb run down the left by Josh Reid and the fullbacks cross was met by Godden, but his volley went over the bar.
HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 1-0 Wigan Athletic
After the break, it was normal service resumed and Wigan had the crossbar to thank for the scores staying at 1-0 as Ngandu’s half-volley came back off the woodwork.
Ngandu did however get a second for City and what a goal it was. The captain beat one, beat two and then from a tight angle he rifled the ball into the top corner to make it 2-0.
Seconds later Tyler Walker beat the offside trap and from a tight angle his shot was well saved by Sam Tickle.
It was one way traffic for the majority of the second half and City continued to threaten the Latics goal and this time it was Burroughs again running onto an Ngandu ball, but his shot was saved.
Jordan Young came on for Ngandu and he was involved minutes after entering the game as he drilled an effort towards goal from the edge of the area, but Tickle saved once more.
Young made his mark on the game just a minute later, as his cross towards the back post was met on the volley by Julien Dacosta and he made no mistake in finding the back of the net to make it 3-0.
Wigan’s best chance of the half came with just a minute left on the clock and it was good run by substitute Harry McGee, but he couldn’t get his shot on target, in what would prove to be the last action of the game.
Sky Blues Xl: Marko Marosi (GK), Julien Dacosta, Blaine Rowe, Jordon Thompson, Josh Reid, Jack Burroughs, Josh Eccles, Jonny Ngandu (C), Will Bapaga, Tyler Walker, Matty Godden.
Subs: Keelan Fallows (GK), Joe Newton, Jordan Young, Dan Lafferty, Fabio Tavares