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UNDER-18S: Sky Blues youngsters thrash Ipswich Town

21 September 2021

The Sky Blues Under-18s continued their unbeaten start to the season after a dominant 6-2 win over Ipswich Town in the Professional Development League Cup.

It was the first game of the group stage in the competition and City got off to a flying start with Charlie Manners heading home a Shay Young cross inside ten minutes.

Manners then turned provider as he produced a fine ball for Sam Rodber and the striker doubled the Sky Blues lead. Manners then continued his emphatic start to the game, by finding City’s third and his second of the game half hour into the tie.

Isaac More then made it four after the half-time break, before Olly Berry found City’s fifth in the 65th minute.

Ipswich grabbed a consolation in the 80th minute before a lively last ten minutes which saw Moore grab his second before the visitors grabbed the last goal of the game making it 6-2.

Speaking after an eventful game, Chay Thompson gave his thoughts on what was a special performance from the Under-18s.

“We dominated the game from start to finish.” Thompson said.

“We were on the front-foot from the first minute and we didn’t give them time to breathe or settle into their game and we showed our quality being 3-0 up at half-time.

“Obviously, we played them back-to-back so we had chance to analyse their game and analyse areas in which we could work on.

“We spoke about getting players on the ball and rotations in the midfield to get on it, and I thought we did that. The front three did well to cause them problems and could have done more to be honest, it was an outstanding performance and certainly our performance of the season so far.”

The Professional Development Cup follows a group stage format and is the league cup for sides in Coventry’s league. Alongside the league itself and the FA Youth Cup it is one of the three main tournaments this year.

“It gives a different aspect to the game.” Chay added.

“It’s a cup competition, and we want to get as far as we can. It also provides good learning ahead of the FA Youth Cup in January and it helps with their development.

“We spoke to the boys ahead of the game that they should want to get as far as they can in everything they do and at this moment in time we’ve started the season five unbeaten and playing some really good football.”

It was a much difference result to the one that these two sides produced last week, and Thompson realises his sides progression in that area.

“The front three played brilliantly with a midfield three behind them backing them up, we thought let’s get on the front foot and not give them time to play.

“I thought we gave them to much respect last week and the goal was coming but we spoke about being on that front foot and when we get one, go got a second or a third and we did that today.”


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