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ACADEMY: Under-18s victorious over Cardiff City in PDL Cup clash

The Sky Blues Under-18s won comprehensively against the Bluebirds…

6 September 2022

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ACADEMY: Under-18s victorious over Cardiff City in PDL Cup clash

The Sky Blues Under-18s won comprehensively against the Bluebirds…

6 September 2022

The Sky Blues Under-18s got off to winning ways in the Professional Development League Cup Group Stage, with a 5-1 victory over Cardiff City.

Doubles from Bradley Stretton and Aidan Dausch, along with a strike from Evan Eghosa, helped to complete an emphatic turn around at The Alan Higgs Centre.

Speaking after the game, coach Chay Thompson revealed his delight with the character shown by his side to bounce back from going a goal down to win in style.

“It was a really good performance from the boys,” he said.

“We started the game well, but conceded against the run of play again, and it was a disappointing goal from our point of view, but we showed good character to come from behind, scoring three really good goals before half-time.

“Evan Egosha scored the first from a lovely bit of play down the wing and a lovely finish inside the box.

“The second then came from Bradley Stretton with a bit of individual brilliance and he slotted the ball into the back of the net, before scoring again with a nice finish before half-time.

“Aidan Duasch added the fourth and fifth in the second half and on reflection it could’ve been a lot more, but overall, it was an unbelievable performance.”

City’s victory over the Bluebirds in the PDL Cup delivered the reaction Thompson was searching for following last week’s defeat to Colchester United.

The Sky Blues youngsters had a host of chances against the U's but couldn’t take them, a stark contrast to their performance against Cardiff, with Thompson praising the 18s ruthlessness in front of goal.

“We were more ruthless this week, showing that cutting edge we asked for, which was really pleasing," he said.

“We had 12 shots in the game and scored five and got into some good areas, so I was really pleased that the lads took the learning from last week into this week’s game.

“We worked on a lot of combinations, but we also worked on defending the penalty box as well as attacking it- getting numbers into the box, give and go, cut backs- and we worked on a lot of that and we scored a couple of goals from those movements, so that was really pleasing.

“All around, the lads were brilliant. The way we pressed on the front foot and the intensity we played at, so we’ve got to keep that up.”

The Sky Blues Under-18s next head to Queens Park Rangers this weekend, as they return to league action.


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