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Report: Bristol City U23s 2-0 Portsmouth U23s

City Under-23s ran out 2-0 winners over experienced Portsmouth opponents at Filton this afternoon.

After a slow start to a game played in a swirling wind, it was Pompey who came close to an opener when Milan Lalkovic showed his class to get past his man on the left, but his low cross eluded everyone in the box. 

City took the lead thanks to a Jake Andrews penalty on 22 minutes after Osagi Bascome had been brought down. 

Portsmouth looked to respond immediately but Tito Widdrington volleyed over, again after good play from Lalkovic.  

City carried the greater threat in a cagey first half that ended with Bascome seeing his shot blocked on the line by Tom Davies just before the interval. 

The second period started in similar fashion to the first, with the blustery conditions making it difficult for either side to hold on to possession. 

But the wind mattered not eight minutes into the second half as George Dowling skipped away from two challenges and crossed for Bascome. 

The striker saw his effort saved superbly by Portsmouth goalkeeper Liam O’Brien, but Connor Lemonheigh-Evans was there to blast in the rebound. 

The visitors never recovered and even with senior players in their ranks could not find a way past a stubborn City backline. 

A good save from Jojo Wollacott denied Harvey Bradbury in what was Portsmouth's only real effort at goal. 

Jamie McAllister's side held on to their clean sheet – a welcome result after their previous game against Coventry City had been cancelled on Monday. 

Bristol City Under-23s: Wollacott, Harris, Lyons-Foster, Kelly, Pring, McNulty (Antonio 74), Morrell, Andrews, Dowling, Lemonheigh-Evans, Bascome (Moseley 87). Subs not used: Carey, Challis, Harper.