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REPORT: Sky Blues U21 2-0 Barnsley U21

The young Sky Blues returned to winning ways against Barnsley...

30 September 2022

Match Reports

REPORT: Sky Blues U21 2-0 Barnsley U21

The young Sky Blues returned to winning ways against Barnsley...

30 September 2022

Sky Blues U21s have returned to winning ways in the Professional Development League with a 2-0 win against Barnsley.

Tom Costello and Will Bapaga were on target for John Dempster’s side on a wet and windy afternoon at the Alan Higgs Centre.

Costello’s opener, just before the break, paved the way for victory, before Bapaga’s delightful long-range lob ensured City won in style.

The result ended a run of back-to-back defeat for the young Sky Blues and lifted them to fourth in the Northern Section of the PDL.

The first chance of the game fell to City defender Callum Perry, who latched onto the end of a Gustavo Hamer corner, but failed to turn his effort home.

Harrison Nee also had a chance to fire Coventry ahead from a tight angle only moments later, but he hit the side netting.

The opener did come for the young Sky Blues before the break, however, when Will Bapaga found Tom Costello inside the area. The former Wigan man made no mistake with his finish.

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After the interval, the Sky Blues doubled their lead thanks to a sensational strike from Will Bapaga. The youngster capitalised on a mistake at the back for Barnsley to loop the ball over the goalkeeper from 25 yards.

After his earlier miss, Nee was presented with a second chance to get his name on the scoresheet late on but failed to turn his header goal-wards with enough force to trouble the goalkeeper.

Sky Blues Xl: Tom Billson (GK), Dermi Lusala, Callum Perry, Tristen Batanwi (Blaine Rowe 45’), Josh Reid, Gustavo Hamer, Ryan Howley, Aidan Finnegan, Harrison Nee (Ricardo Dinanga 67’), Tom Costello (Justin Obikwu 69’), Will Bapaga.

Subs: Luke Bell (GK), Lewys McCafferty.


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