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Posted Monday, March 19th 2018

Report: Bristol City U23s 2-2 Birmingham City U23s

City staged a remarkable stoppage-time fightback to earn a 2-2 draw with Birmingham City at Ashton Gate.

The travelling Blues took the lead through Remao Hutton before Josh Andrews doubled their lead ten minutes from the end.

But Antoine Semenyo struck in the dying embers, after Tom Richards had pulled one back for the young Robins.

Jens Hegeler was back to captain Luke Williams’ side as he continues his return to fitness. Opi Edwards was joined by Semenyo, both fresh from their part in Bath City's 4-0 win against Poole Town at the weekend.

Birmingham City started on top but were wasteful with Jack Storer volleying over the bar before dragging shots wide of goal, leaving Jojo Wollacott with little to do.

City needed time to settle into this one but finally saw an effort on goal when Opi Edwards fizzed a strike narrowly wide of Connal Trueman’s net.

Tyreeq Bakinson then showed his skill to break away from his marker before releasing Tom Richards with a defence-splitting pass. He latched on to the through-ball and struck a low shot which had to be tipped away by Trueman.

But it was the away side who opened the scoring, Hutton showing pace to beat George Nurse to the ball before striking beyond Wollacott in the second half.

City to their credit were almost level immediately but Semenyo saw his effort placed straight into the hands of Trueman.

Birmingham doubled their lead through substitute Andrews in the latter stages, as he latched on to Corey O’Keefe’s pass before nestling the ball into the bottom corner.

But City refused to be beaten and Richards made the most of Kel Akpobire’s injury time cutback, before powering the ball beyond Trueman.

And Semenyo ensured a share of the points when he smashed home from 25 yards at the death.

City: Wollacott, Smith, Richards, Hegeler, Baldwin, Bakinson, Edwards (Turner-Williams 75), Morton (Rees 75), Akpobire, Semenyo, Nurse. Subs not used: Sainsbury, Turner, Ali.