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Three second-half goals ensured City Under-18s ended the season with a 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.
Louis Britton opened the scoring with a great turn and finish just before the hour mark, adding his - and City's -second not long after.when Marcus Day’s shot was deflected into his path.
Josh Owers - pictured from earlier in the season - completed the scoring with 15 minutes left to play, with his effort taking a deflection on its way into the back of the net.
In their final fixture of the U18 Professional Development League season, City started off the better side and had their first chance within six minutes after a long ball forward from goalkeeper Lochlan Roberton found Sam Pearson. The Wales Under-19s international’s cross evaded a City player, however.
Britton would come closest for City in a quiet half for both sides, as he couldn’t hit the target after being found in the Bolton area.
Robertson was called into action in the first half, saving well from a Jay Fitzmartin effort.
Before the half was up, City had one final chance. Sam Pearson broke into the Bolton area and found Zac Smith with a cross, but his shot was straight at the goalkeeper.
Bolton started the second half brightly, and it took a fantastic diving save from Roberton to keep the scores level. Callum King-Harmes’ volley looked destined for the top corner, but the City goalkeeper produced a brilliant save.
And shortly before the hour mark, City were ahead. The ball was fired into Britton by a City player, and the striker turned well and fired into the top corner for the opener.
With their next effort on goal, City doubled their lead. Day’s shot took a deflection and fell kindly for Britton, who improvised well to finish beyond Callum James in goal.
City had a number of chances to add to their lead, with Day and Britton both coming close to adding a third.
The dominance from City eventually paid off, as Owers added a third. His shot from the edge of the area took a massive deflection off a Bolton defender and nestled in the back of the net.
There would be further chances for both teams to add to the scoreline, with Zac Smith’s effort being cleared off the line, before Robertson produced a double save to deny Demarlio Sterling
Britton added what he thought was his third of the game with five minutes remaining, only to see it ruled out for offside.
But it had been a brilliant performance from the young Robins, as they rounded off their campaign with three points.
City Under-18s: Robertson, K.Smith, Harper (James Taylor), Hall, Spark, Burford (C.Pearson), S.Pearson, Williams (Owers), Britton, Day, Z.Smith. Unused subs: Buse, Jamie Taylor.
Words: Ryan Payne
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