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Saturday, July 14th 2018
Callum O’Dowda helped City to a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town, on the Robins’ first return to the Gate before the new season.
O’Dowda guided the ball into the bottom corner to give City the lead but the visitors to BS3 were level only five minutes later when Stefan Payne’s fierce shot sailed past Frank Fielding.
It was a game in which the hosts dominated the play over their League One opponents, but Lee Johnson's side couldn’t quite find a way through to grab a winner.
Summer signings Andreas Weimann, Jack Hunt, Adam Webster and Marley Watkins were all given their first experiences on the Ashton Gate turf, which looked immaculate ahead of kick-off, just three weeks until the start of the 2018/19 season.
John Askey’s side had the first chance of the match but Jon Nolan scooped high over Fielding’s goal, to end what had looked a promising counter-attack.
But O’Dowda picked out the bottom corner after 15 minutes after good hold-up play from Korey Smith. He assessed his options before finding the unmarked Irish winger, who moved the ball into space before rolling the ball into the far right corner of the goal, placing it beyond the fully stretched Steve Arnold.
The Shrews were level minutes later though as Payne rifled a shot past Fielding. An attempted through ball was initially half-cut out but the striker quickly pounced to even the scoreline.
City always looked the more dangerous on the attack and Jamie Paterson went close on two occasions as the first-half played out. First, Weimann won the ball back high up the pitch and surged forward but Paterson, on the stretch, couldn’t quite guide the ball on target. He was almost in again shortly after, but his curled effort was placed straight into the hands of Arnold.
O’Dowda then went close to grabbing his and City’s second goal of the game, but the ball trickled inches wide after he surged forward once more and tried to pick out the opposite bottom corner.
The Ireland international was still in the mood after the break and he forced Arnold into a good save after skipping past his marker and unleashing a goal-bound effort with his left foot. Next was substitute Cameron Pring’s opportunity to burst forward but the youngster couldn’t steer his low strike on target from a testing angle, before Webster - fresh from his top-corner strike against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday evening, surged forward but crashed the ball against the post.
Chances soon became a premium but City went close to securing a late winner when Famara Diédhiou got the beating of his defender. He opted to square a pass for fellow substitute Opi Edwards, but the Shrews defended well and blocked when Edwards’ shot finally arrived, to hold out for a 1-1 draw.
City now prepare for their week-long pre-season training camp in Marbella before they return to Ashton Gate to host AFC Bournemouth on Friday, July 27th (7pm kick-off).
Bristol City: Frank Fielding (Max O’Leary 46), Jack Hunt (George Dowling 31’) , Adam Webster, Nathan Baker (Cameron Pring 46), Eros Pisano, Marley Watkins (Opi Edwards 62), Liam Walsh (Josh Brownhill 62), Korey Smith (Connor Lemonheigh-Evans 70), Callum O’Dowda (Rory Holden 70), Jamie Paterson (Famara Diédhiou 62), Andreas Weimann (Saikhou Janneh 62).
Shrewsbury Town: Steve Arnold, James Bolton, Aristote Nsiala, Mat Sadler, Ryan Haynes, Shaun Whalley, Sam Jones, Doug Loft, Jon Nolan, Stefan Payne, Lenell John-Lewis. Subs: Ben Wilson (GK), Ryan Barnett, Omar Beckles, Abo Eisa, Alex Gilliead, Arthur Gnahoua, Arthur Gnahoua, Kieran Kennedy, Bryn Morris, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Ryan Sears, Aaron Amandi-Holloway
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