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REPORT: Coventry City U21 2-3 Swansea City U21

Swansea win it in the 90th minute...

12 September 2023

Match Reports

REPORT: Coventry City U21 2-3 Swansea City U21

Swansea win it in the 90th minute...

12 September 2023

The Sky Blues saw the points snatched away at the death, as Swansea City came from behind to take all three points at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The visitors took the lead inside the opening three minutes through a stunning strike from Mitchell Bates. The midfielder unleashed a powerful effort from 30-yards out and it left Luke Bell with no chance, as it ricocheted off the crossbar and into the back of the net.

Dempster’s side looked for an immediate response and they had a chance when Justin Obikwu created space for himself on the edge of the area, but Swans ‘keeper Evan Watts made the save.

City were enjoying a spell of possession and getting on top of the Swans, creating another opening through Bradley Stretton, but his one-two with Elliot Betjemann led to him getting a shot away which deflected behind.

The Sky Blues would get their equaliser on the half-hour mark after Obikwu did brilliantly to beat his man and was brought down in the box. The striker then stepped-up to take the penalty, firing the ball into the top corner to level the game.

Obikwu then almost put City in front straight from kick-off, but after working his way into the area, he was denied by Watts in the Swans goal.

At the other end, Luke Bell was called into action, getting a strong hand onto an effort from Kai Ludvigsen at his near post.

Seconds before the break, captain Marco Rus thought had fired the Sky Blues in front, but he was to be denied by an excellent stop.

HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 1-1 Swansea City

Following the restart, it would be the visitors who would have the first chance of the second half as the ball fell to substitute Kristien Fletcher seconds after his introduction, but he fired wide.

Swansea would be left to rue that missed chance as moments later a stunning move from City, which saw Bradley Stretton charge down the right, picking out Evan Eghosa and he then in return found Obikwu in the middle to fire home his and City’s second.

Fletcher’s introduction into the game was giving Swansea a new lease of life down the left-hand side, as he made himself a handful, beating Dermi Lusala before cutting back inside and seeing his shot well saved by Luke Bell.

Marco Rus was the next City man to try and beat Watts, going on a superb solo run, before being denied by the ‘keeper.

Watts’ saves would prove vital for the visitors, as they found an equaliser with ten minutes left on the clock, Kyrell Wilson heading home at the back post to make it 2-2.

Minutes after Swansea’s leveller, Obikwu had the chance to put City back in front and grab his hat-trick, but a last ditch challenged blocked his attempt on goal.

However, it would be Swansea who would snatch the points with a 90th minute winner from substitute Fletcher, who converted past Bell.

FULL-TIME: Sky Blues 2-3 Swansea City

Starting XI: Luke Bell (GK), Dermi Lusala, Callum Perry, Riccardo Di Trolio, Trialist, Trialist (80’ Siddall), Elliott Betjemann (67’ Dausch), Marco Rus (C) (90' Trialist), Evan Eghosa, Bradley Stretton, Justin Obikwu.

Subs: Luis Lines (GK), Rylie Siddall, Trialist, Trialist, Aiden Dausch.

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