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Report: Bristol City U23s 0-4 Leeds United U23s

A youthful City Under-23s suffered a heavy defeat by their Leeds United counterparts in their penultimate league encounter of the campaign.

An own goal from Jayden Ali meant City went into the break a goal behind, before the away side dominated the second half.

A second half brace from Tyler Denton, plus a goal from Sam Dalby, saw the Robins put to the sword at Ashton Gate.

City threatened the Leeds goal on occasions, mainly through Rory Holden and Tyreeq Bakinson, but couldn’t take their chances on a largely frustrating night for the youngsters.

Playing under the lights in BS3, Luke Williams’ side started off brightly. Holden had the game’s first chance after he was found by Bakinson. However, the Irishman’s effort failed to trouble Kamil Miazek in the Leeds goal.

Holden had another opportunity soon after. Tom Richards headed across goal and Holden beat his marker to the ball to force a smart save from the keeper.

Jordan Stevens warmed the gloves of Jojo Wollacott and Alejandro Machuca headed narrowly over the top, before the visitors went in front in the 36th minute in bizarre circumstances.

Stevens delivered a ball into the City area which Ali sliced into the air attempting to clear. The ball looped over Wollacott and despite a desperate clearance near the line, the goal was given.

City attempted an immediate response through Bakinson, but the midfielder’s curling effort failed to test Miazek.

After enjoying large spells of the ball in the first half, it was a different story for City in the second as the away side dominated possession.

Wollacott had already produced a brilliant save to deny Jack Clarke, before Leeds doubled their advantage.

Dalby was put clean through on goal and he deftly lifted the ball over the onrushing Wollacott to make it 2-0.

Denton crashed a shot against the crossbar before adding a third goal, tapping in a cross from Gomes.

Gomes and Denton then combined again from the opposite flank for an almost identical goal three minutes from time.

City play their final fixture of the season at home to Barnsley on Friday (April 27th) at Failand (3pm).

City Under-23s: Wollacott, Turner-Williams (S.Pearson), Nurse, Llewellyn (Bell), Smith, Plavotic, Ali, Bakinson, Holden, Richards, Day (V.Harper). Subs not used: Carey, Harrison.

Report by Ryan Payne

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