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Report: Bristol City U18s 5-1 Coventry City U18s

A ruthless display from City Under-18s saw them comfortably beat their Coventry City counterparts 5-1 on Saturday (October 27th).

Second half doubles from Vince Harper and Tommy Conway, as well as a late own goal, ensured Trevor Challis’ side an emphatic win.

Costelus Lautaru did score a consolation for the away side, but City were dominant throughout and could’ve had more than five.

The victory ensures City continue their fine form at home, with the side yet to drop any points in league fixtures at SGS College.

City had their first opportunity in the opening two minutes, as Harper found Sam Pearson at the back post with a cross. However, Pearson couldn’t keep his volley down.

Pearson would have another chance to open the scoring for City. A long ball forward from Will Buse found the attacker. After beating his marker, his effort was blocked well by a Coventry defender.

The right-hand side was a source of many City ttacks, as Pearson again troubled the away side’s defence. His cross found Harper, whose side-footed effort was narrowly wide of the post.

Conway was the next City player to come close. Coventry goalkeeper Cian Tyker denied the City youngster in quick succession. First, with a smart spot, before reacting quick to deny the rebound from going in.

In a move almost-reminiscent of the opening moments, a Harper cross found its way to Pearson, but he sliced his volley and it went over the crossbar.

After switching flanks with Sam Pearson, Harper would yet again come within inches of scoring the opener. He turned well, and forced the goalkeeper into a strong save.

With the first half coming to a close, Conway almost ensured Challis’ side of a half time lead, but his effort was dragged just wide of the post.

Despite the complete domination from City, they were unable to find a way beyond the Coventry goalkeeper in the opening 45 minutes.

However, within eight minutes of the restart, City would be a goal to the good.

Harper reacted quick to pounce on a defensive mistake from a Coventry defender. His initial shot was saved well, but he headed in the rebound for the opening goal.

And three minutes later, the lead was doubled. Conway would find some space in the Coventry area, and fired his first of the afternoon beyond Tyker.

It would be three only moments later. S.Pearson turned fantastically, and evaded the sliding challenge of a Coventry defender, before putting the ball across goal for Harper to tap in from close range.

The away side did manage to score a goal of their own. Against the run of play, Lautaru managed to stab the ball beyond Buse for 3-1.

City’s three-goal advantage would be resorted almost immediately. Some superb passing play, involving a number of City players, released Conway into the area, and he would make no mistake as he added his second of the game.

There would be a fifth goal for City to celebrate shortly after. Callum Pearson delivered into the box, and it was headed into his own goal by a Coventry defender.

The away side did have a couple of half-chances as the game entered its final stages, but Buse got down well on a couple of occasions.

Joe Hall, who had a couple of speculative efforts earlier in the game, went extremely close to adding a City sixth. He skipped over a number of Coventry defenders, before firing wide under pressure from the opposition.

Ultimately, City could have more than the five they scored. But a brilliant performance will carry the confidence into next Saturday (November 3rd), as Challis’ side travel away to Crystal Palace.

City Starting XI: Buse, C.Pearson, Soady, Owers, Low, Webb, S.Pearson (Gould), Hall, Henry (Bell), Conway, Harper (K.Smith). Subs not used: Robertson, Day.

Words: Ryan Payne

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