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REPORT: Sky Blues U23 4-0 Charlton U23

City breeze past Charlton in the PDL...

22 March 2021

The Sky Blues Under-23s made it back-to-back wins after a comfortable victory against the Addicks earlier today.

It was almost the perfect start for the Sky Blues as a ball player through the heart of the Addicks defence was latched onto by Jamie Allen and he pulled it back for Viktor Gyokeres, but his effort was well saved.

At the other end, Cian Tyler was called into action for the first time as he had to be alert to deny Samuel Oguntayo’s shot from the edge of the area.

City were having joy down the right-hand-side in the early moments of the game and this time a ball into the box eventually broke to Jordan Shipley on the edge of the area, but his shot went over the bar.

Tyler produced a fine stop to keep the scores level when he had to be alert to deny Ruben Carvalho, who’s shot look destined for goal before the ‘keeper intervened.

The ‘keepers save was the start of a City break away which eventually resulted in a corner which was worked well by Allen and Shipley; with Jamie eventually getting a shot away which was parried into the path of Amadou Bakayoko and he headed past Nathan Harness to make it 1-0.

City almost doubled their lead a few moments later when Jack Burroughs whipped in a superb ball into the box and it was met by the head of Allen, but he couldn’t steer his effort on target.

Allen was involved again seconds later and this time it was an outrageous strike from 30 yards out, which for all the world looked to be heading in, but Harness made it a fantastic save to tip his shot onto the post.

City’s lead would be doubled and it came down the left after Joe Newton burst forward and slid the ball through for Gyokeres and he picked out Shipley running into the box and the midfielder fired home.

The visitors looked to get back into the game and they had a chance through striker Junior Quitirna, but he blazed an effort from the edge of the area well wide.

HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 2-0 Charlton Athletic

After the restart, City were awarded a penalty and it was Josh Eccles who stepped up, but his spot kick was saved and then his follow-up was also well stopped by Harness.

Harness was inspired form in the second half and again he made a great save this time preventing Bakayoko from grabbing a second for himself and a third for City.

City continued to push forward and Eccles looked to atone for his missed penalty when he made his way into the box and looked for goal, but all he could find was the side netting.

As the game settled down, chances were few and far between, but with 20 minutes left on the clock, Gyokeres fired home a third for City from inside of the area.

The striker then almost grabbed a second for himself after the restart, but his shot went agonisingly wide.

However, Viktor would grab a second and what a goal it was. The striker chased down a ball over the top by Jack Burroughs and Gyokeres brought the ball down, turned his man and smashed the ball past the helpless Harness.

City looked to add a fifth and it was Ben Sheaf who had a free-kick from the edge of the area, but his shot went inches over.

Bakayoko almost added a second for himself when he beat the offside trap once more and looked to create an angle to get a shot away, but his effort was well blocked.

 

Sky Blues Xl: Cian Tyler (GK), Josh Pask, Jordon Thompson, Joe Newton, Jack Burroughs, Josh Eccles, Jordan Shipley (C), Jamie Allen, Ben Sheaf, Amadou Bakayoko, Viktor Gyokeres.

Subs: Keelan Fallows (GK), Blaine Rowe, Josh Reid, Jonny Ngandu, Will Bapaga.


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