Tenerife Diary: Day Five
Posted: Saturday, July 22nd 2017
Saturday, July 22nd 2017
City eased to victory over Spanish third tier opponents Atlético Unión Güimar in a practice match in Tenerife.
Bobby Reid’s brace took his tally to seven in five pre-season appearances, while Famara Diédhiou was also on target with his first goal in a City shirt.
Defenders Eros Pisano and Bailey Wright scored City’s first and fifth goals, before substitute Freddie Hinds completed the rout late on.
Three up inside 14 minutes, Lee Johnson’s side had far too much speed of thought and speed of feet for the recently promoted outfit.
First on the scoresheet was Pisano with his second goal of the summer. Reid beat the advancing keeper to Jamie Paterson’s chipped free kick, before Jens Hegeler pulled the ball back for Pisano to score with a firm side-footed shot from 14 yards.
Reid was at the heart of everything, continuing his stunning pre-season form. Next he latched on to Josh Brownhill’s pass and squared it for Diédhiou to slot home City’s second with a cool finish.
Within 60 seconds it was 3-0, as Reid capitalised on a defensive mix up to continue his record of having scored in all five of his pre-season appearances.
With the keeper way out of his goal, the Bristolian made no mistake in lobbing the ball into the empty net from 20 yards.
Meanwhile, Frank Fielding had been a virtual spectator at the other end, but did have to be alert to keep out a cross-shot from the right that may have just crept inside the far post but for the diving custodian.
Before the half-hour, City’s lead had extended to four via the set-piece route. Josh Brownhill’s deep delivery was nodded down by Pisano and fired in from close range by the swivelling Reid.
The result was already far beyond doubt and City coasted through the rest of the first half.
Diédhiou and Brownhill both threatened to add number five before Johnson made his first changes on the hour.
Off went Korey Smith, Paterson and Diédhiou; on came Gary O’Neil, Callum O’Dowda and Gustav Engvall – the Swede making his first appearance of pre-season having returned from his loan spell at Djurgardens in his homeland.
O’Neil did not take long to have an impact, sliding in the hat-trick hunting Reid who was only thwarted by a good save from the onrushing keeper.
When City did make it five, it came via an unlikely source. Brownhill’s route to goal was blocked by another decent stop, but skipper for the day Wright was in the right place to finish it off.
Wright immediately departed as Johnson continued to rest more legs, before Reid was denied a hat-trick by the width of the crossbar as his sublime side-footed volley from Pisano’s cross hit the underside of the goalframe.
When Engvall kept the move alive, Reid tapped in at the far post but this time was flagged offside.
In the end it would be Reid’s replacement Hinds who added City’s sixth, but only after Hegeler somehow struck the post from close range in a goalmouth scramble.
Bristol City: Fielding, Pisano, Wright (Vyner 75), Hegeler, Bryan (Kelly 75), Brownhill (Morrell 82), K.Smith (O'Neil 61), Pack, Paterson (O'Dowda 61), Reid (Hinds 82), Diédhiou (Engvall 61).
Scorers: Pisano 7, Diédhiou 13, Reid 14, 29, Wright 74, Hinds 87.
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