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Report: Bristol City U23s 1-5 Coventry City U23s

City Under-23s were put to the sword by an experienced Coventry side, losing 5-1 at Twerton Park on Tuesday.

The away side fielded a handful of first team players including the likes of Stuart Beavon and Ryan Haynes, and ran away with proceedings.

Beavon netted twice and Jordan Ponticelli grabbed a hat-trick as City were humbled by the Sky Blues.

City pulled one back in the dying moments through Antoine Semenyo, but it proved to only be a consolation.

The first chance of the game came within the opening minute, when Jak Hickman volleyed over Alhaji Sesay’s goal.

Jake Andrews had City’s first shot on target, but his effort was well held by Corey Addai in the Coventry goal.

Coventry’s Ponticelli was the next player to have a go on goal, but his tame header was easy enough for Sesay.

Ponticelli opened the scoring only moments later, stabbing in from close range after a good cross from Hickman.

Hickman should’ve doubled the visitor’s advantage with moments, but with the goal gaping, he could only fire wide.

Experienced striker Beavon doubled the Sky Blues’ advantage just after the half hour mark, his low finish gave Sesay no chance.

Tyreeq Bakinson then found some space at the edge of the Coventry box, but he couldn’t trouble the goalkeeper with his shot.

City’s goal was tested again through Haynes, whose shot just went over Sesay’s bar.

Luke Williams made three changes to the City side at half-time in a bid to get back into the game, with Aden Baldwin, Semenyo and Opi Edwards all coming on.

Coventry grabbed their third of the afternoon through Ponticelli. An awkward bounce saw Sesay’s clearance go straight to Beavon, who squared it for the youngster.

The away side scored again only moments later, Ponticelli scored his hat-trick with a carbon copy of Coventry’s third goal.

Jake Andrews had a free kick in a promising position for City, but he could not trouble the goalkeeper with his effort.

Beavon grabbed his second and Coventry’s fifth around ten minutes from time, his effort was well placed into the bottom corner.

Semenyo pulled one back for with three minutes remaining, but it was too little too late for City.

City Under-23s: Sesay, Harper (Baldwin), Plavotic, Bakinson, Smith, Parsons, Akpobire (Edwards), Richards, Hinds (Semenyo), Andrews, Holden. Subs not used: Morton, Wollacott.

Report by Ryan Payne

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