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Report: Bristol City U23s 4-1 Watford U23s

Shawn McCoulsky's hat-trick inspired City Under-23s to a 4-1 victory over Watford at Ashton Gate.

Alex Ball's side bounced back from a goal against the run of play to secure a comprehensive win, helped by McCoulsky's goalscoring and Diego De Girolamo's strike.

City made a strong start to the game, dominating possession throughout the opening stages of the game.

However, the back five of Watford were proving a hard defence to break down and, against the run of play, the visitors opened the scoring in the 32nd minute.

A long hopeful ball over the top from Joy Mukena was met by Ogo Obi. His initial strike was brilliantly stopped by Jojo Wollacott, but the ball to dropped kindly for Tyrell Robinson to tap in the rebound.

City came out flying for the second half and McCoulsky levelled the scores almost immediately.

The ball found McCoulsky from a crunching tackle and the youngster knocked it past his man and fired inside the near post.

City went in front on 55 minutes through De Girolamo. Opi Edwards won the ball wide on the right, fed McCoulsky and he teed up De Girolamo to blast in from 15 yards.

McCoulsky’s second of the game was one to remember, curling in from a near impossible angle and looping over the keeper.

McCoulsky wrapped up his hat-trick in the final minute, bringing up his 30th goal of the campaign in the process.

The ball came loose in the Watford area and and fell invitingly to McCoulsky, who was never going to pass up the opportunity.

City Under-23s Lineup: Wollacott; Matthews, Vyner, Kelly, Golbourne (Nurse 71); Edwards, Reid (Morton 71), Dowling (Harper 75), J.Smith; De Girolamo, McCoulsky.

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