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Report: City U23s 2-1 Birmingham U23s

Louis Britton’s perfect lob and Sam Pearson’s late strike helped City to beat Birmingham City at the Optima Stadium.

The young Robins had to battle back after the Blues led through Keke Simmonds early into the second half.

The first 45 minutes were an even affair of few chances: Jayden Reid headed over for the visitors, while good defending from the Blues meant Saikou Janneh was just unable to pick out his strike partner Britton who was surely guaranteed a tap-in finish.

Janneh narrowly avoided the opener himself with a close header but the sides would go in at half-time with nothing to separate them.

Britton had the best chance soon after the interval but was denied by Blues keeper Andreas Prieto one-on-one, and minutes later Kyle Hurst beat Cameron Pring down the right before his cutback found Simmonds whose finish beat Harvey Wiles-Richards.

City’s shotstopper did well to deny the goalscorer from doubling Birmingham’s lead at his near post, before Britton supplied the chip at the other end, bringing the Robins level as the ball sailed delightfully over Prieto and into the open net.

There was more intensity as the game entered its latter stages and City got their winner through Pearson as the game entered the 89th minute. Ayman Benarous was the supplier with a slipped pass into his teammate and Pearson's low finish beat the keeper as the ball nestled into the bottom left corner.

City return to action in their final game of the Professional Development League South, when they travel to face Wigan Athletic (Monday, May 3rd, 1pm KO), before the play-offs.

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