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REPORT: Sky Blues 1-1 Luton Town

Sky Blues fall short at last hurdle...

27 May 2023

Match Reports

REPORT: Sky Blues 1-1 Luton Town

Sky Blues fall short at last hurdle...

27 May 2023

The Sky Blues narrowly fell to defeat on penalties in the SkyBet Championship Play-Off Final after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

The Hatters took the lead at Wembley through Jordan Clark's thumping strike, a lead they saw through until the half.

The Sky Blues responded well in the second forty-five and Gustavo Hamer came up trumps, once again, to get his side back into the game.

City dominated in large spells of the second-half but extra-time was a stalemate to see the game decided by penalties.

The Hatters has the ball in the back of the net inside the first five minutes but Gabe Osho’s tap-in was ruled out for offside as the scores remained level.

Carlton Morris came moments later as he latched onto a loose ball but Ben Wilson stood tall to wave away the danger.

Morris proved a handful in the opening exchanges, knocking the ball down to Kelly-Ruddock Mpanzu whose effort was gathered by Wilson.

On their next attack Luton took their chance. Elijah Adebayo twisted and turned to find Jordan Clark who let fire to give Luton the lead.

The Hatters continued to pile on the pressure after their opener, using their physical size to their advantage, but the score remained to be just one for the foreseeable.

The Sky  Blues responded positively and carved out a chance of their own before the half. Neat play between Ben Sheaf and Jake Bidwell saw the ball land to Gustavo Hamer, his effort sailing narrowly over the bar.

HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 0-1 Luton Town

City pressed with intensity and came close to being rewarded for it twice over as Hamer and Viktor Gyökeres nearly forced Ethan Horvath into a mistake in the first five minutes of the second half.

Liam Kelly got himself into striking distance as the Sky Blues searched for an equaliser, but the skipper’s effort flew over the bar.

The Sky Blues had to bide their time, but their time came soon enough. A sweeping team move culminated in Gyökeres finding Hamer, who arrived at the perfect moment to cooly slot home for the equaliser. Game level.

A second nearly followed as Matty Godden tested his luck, his effort racing past the framework of the goal.

Gyökeres, provider of City's first, looked to take the game into his own hands, but his effort was blocked as Luton cleared their lines.

Into the depths of added time, Godden teed up what would've been a goal for the history books with a audacious 30-yard volley, but his effort swayed wide of the mark.

With the second-half dominated by City, the game finished level to see the game extend into extra-time.


FULL-TIME: Sky Blues 1-1 Luton Town 

The Sky Blues started extra-time on top. Wilson sent a searching ball for Gyökeres who plucked the ball out the air and fired toward goal, an early test for Horvath.

Kelly battled hard to win the ball back high up and marched forward for a chance of his own, but his weak-footed strike failed to trouble the Hatters.

HALF-TIME (ET): Sky Blues 1-1- Luton Town

The Hatters thought they had snatched it at the death with Joe Taylor but a VAR intervention ruled the goal out for handball.

Extra-time was unable to separate the two teams. The final would be decided by spot kicks.

FULL-TIME (ET): Sky Blues 1-1- Luton Town

Carlton Morris stepped up first for the Hatters and scored. Matty Godden followed and matched him.

Joe Taylor, Viktor Gyökeres, Marvelous Nakamba, Ben Sheaf, Jordan Clark, Josh Eccles all scored their spot kicks to send the shoot-out into sudden death.

Luke Berry and Liam Kelly both scored to make it five-a-piece, a flawless round.

Dan Potts scored but Fankaty Dabo missed as Luton won the shoot-out.

FULL-TIME AET (5-6 pens): Sky Blues 1-1- Luton Town


Scorers: Jordan Clark (23’), Gustavo Hamer (66’)

Yellow cards: Luke McNally (45’), Jordan Clark (99')

Attendance: 85,711


Sky Blues XI: Ben Wilson (GK), Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Fankaty Dabo 90'), Luke McNally, Kyle McFadzean, Callum Doyle (Jonathan Panzo 114'), Jake Bidwell, Liam Kelly (C), Ben Sheaf, Gustavo Hamer (Kasey Palmer 80' (Josh Eccles 102')), Jamie Allen (Matty Godden 45’), Viktor Gyökeres.

Subs: Simon Moore, Jonathan Panzo, Josh Wilson-Esbrand.


Luton Town XI: Ethan Horvath (GK), Cody Drameh, Tom Lockyer (C) (Reece Burke 12’), Carlton Morris, Elijah Adebayo (Joe Taylor 105'), Marvelous Nakamba, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luke Berry 98'), Jordan Clark, Amari'i Bell, Gabe Osho (Dan Potts 110'), Alfie Doughty (Fred Onyedima 84').

Subs: James Shea (GK), Allan Campbell.

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