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PREVIEW: Under-23s take on Bristol City in PDL final

City head to Ashton Gate...

17 May 2022

The Sky Blues Under-23s travel to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City in the Professional Development League Cup final this evening.

League Performance…

City booked their place in the PDL semi-finals after finishing second in the Northern section of the division.

The Sky Blues started the season well and were in and around the top two for the majority of the season, before confirming their place in the semis after coming from behind to beat Watford at the Alan Higgs Centre a few weeks ago.

No side scored more goals than City on their way to the final in the Northern section, as they secured their second semi-finals in the space of three years.

The Robins also finished second in the Southern section, narrowly missing out on top spot, finishing a point behind Ipswich Town.

An important encounter between the Tractor Boys and Bristol City saw Ipswich come out on top and ultimately condemned the Robins to second.

15 wins, five draws and four defeat have capped off a successful season for Bristol City, as they rightfully earnt their spot in the top two.

 

Previous Six…

Sky Blues:
Ipswich Town (H) – 5-4 win
Bristol City (A) – 4-2 defeat
Crewe Alexandra (A) – 4-0 win
Cardiff City (H) – 2-1 defeat
Watford (H) – 4-2 win
Charlton Athletic (A) – 3-3 draw

Bristol City:
Sheffield United (A) – 1-0 win
Coventry City (H) – 4-2 win
Barnsley (A) – 1-1 draw
Colchester United (A) – 3-0 win
Ipswich Town (H) – 1-0 defeat
Watford (H) – 1-1 draw

 

Last Time Out…

The Sky Blues overcame Ipswich Town in a nine-goal thriller to book their place in the final last week at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

City took the lead through Will Bapaga, but found themselves 2-1 down before Marco Rus found the back of the net to equalise midway through the second half.

With the game moving into extra time two Ipswich goals either side of a Jonny Ngandu saw City trail again at half-time in extra time, 4-3.

But City didn’t stop and they were level again through another Ngandu penalty and then minutes later, Ryan Howley headed home Josh Reid’s cross to make it 5-4.

Whereas, Bristol City had drama of their own, but in the form a 90th minute winner away at Sheffield United.

The game was a tense affair, but into stoppage time, it was the Robins who found the breakthrough and left United with little time to get themselves level.

 

Last Time We Met…

Bristol City 4-2 Sky Blues – 3rd May 2022

It was a disappointing afternoon for the Sky Blues last time the two sides met, as it was Bristol City who ran-out 4-2 winners at Bristol’s training ground.

Only two weeks ago, City started the game brightly and had chances to take the lead early on, but were left to rue their missed opportunities when two goals in the final ten minutes of the first half gave the Robins a 2-0 lead.

That lead was double in the second half, before a fight back from City halved the deficit, with goals coming from Ryan Howley and Jay McGrath.

 


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