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Report: Bristol City U18s 0-2 Leeds United U18s

Two first half goals condemned City Under-18s to a defeat against Leeds United on Saturday morning.

Charlie Cresswell headed the away side into the lead after only five minutes, the defender was left unmarked from a corner.

From another corner, Leeds scored their second. Niall Huggins curled in from the edge of the area after a rehearsed set-piece routine.

City had a few chances in the game, with Sam Pearson and Marcus Day threatening, but were unable to find a goal on this occasion.

The Under-18s had come into this fixture following back-to-back wins, against Ipswich and Colchester.

But they made the worst possible start when defender Creswell was left unmarked from a Leeds corner, as the away side took the lead with only five minutes gone.

The game’s opening half was lacking in chances, with the wind hindering both sides when trying to attack.

However, Leeds managed to double their advantage from another corner. From a seemingly rehearsed set-piece routine, Jack Jenkins dummied the ball for Huggins to strike. His effort curled beyond Will Buse to put Leeds 2-0 ahead.

City struggled to create chances in the first half, with Day coming closest. A cross from James Taylor found Day, whose strong strike forced a good save from Leeds goalkeeper Josh Rae.

The second half picked up where the first left off, as Day threatened again. His effort, however, was easy enough for the goalkeeper to claim.

Leeds would come close to adding to their score. Nickolas Haugland was close with his chance, but his shot was over Buse’s crossbar.

Sam Pearson would be the closest City player to scoring in the second half, but saw his acrobatic volley saved by goalkeeper Rae.

A disappointing result, but City travel away to Hull next weekend (March 16th) and will try to bounce back with a win.

City Under-18s: Buse, James Taylor, Soady, Smith, Low, C.Pearson, S.Pearson, Towler (Conway), Bell, Britton, Day (Jamie Taylor). Unused subs: Robertson, Gould.

Words: Ryan Payne

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