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Report: City U23s 3-0 Millwall U23s

Goals from Zak Smith, Louis Britton and Tommy Conway ensured victory over Millwall at the Optima Stadium.

The Robins pounced with three goals in seven first-half minutes as they blew away their visitors from South London.

This was a convincing performance from the young Robins, with the likes of James Morton and Owura Edwards displaying evidence of their recent experiences across the divisions, with the result meaning City have now only lost once in their previous 10 matches.

Conway went close with a shot into the side netting before he almost latched on to Josh Owers’ through ball, but he was narrowly beaten in the footrace by keeper Jordan Gillmore.

However, City had dominant under the Weston sunshine and it was Smith who put City ahead. City threatened with a flurry of blocked shots on the edge of the area but the ball fell kindly for Smith and the midfielder’s deflected shot had the beating of Gillmore.

It meant City took a 13th-minute lead and just three minutes later that was doubled. This time Edwards slipped in Britton and the striker powered a low shot into the far corner.

Tommy Conway scored City's third goal

Things got worse for the visitors inside the 20th minute as Conway got himself on the scoresheet. Again Edwards was involved as he grabbed himself another assist for Conway to flick the ball beyond Gillmore.

Harvey Wiles-Richards had little to do by this point but was grateful to see an opportunity go begging when Millwall finally threatened. Jack Leahy got himself through on goal and looked for a far-post teammate instead of shooting himself but George Alexander was stretching and couldn’t find the target from close range.

Callum Wood also saw an opportunity go by from close range as City sought a fourth. He made contact from a corner but somehow his close-range contact was kept out of the Millwall net as the visitors held on.

It wasn’t as much one-way traffic after the break but the hosts were rarely under pressure.

Saikou Janneh earned more minutes after coming off the bench at half-time, as Britton made way. City were forced into two further changes as Wood and Owers took knocks, meaning Khari Allen and Ayman Benarous would help oversee the victory after coming off the bench.

The scoreline would stay 3-0 though Conway could have added a fourth goal but for a good stop from Gillmore moments after the striker was nudged off the ball but there were no calls for a penalty.

Not that it would matter as the young Robins secured the win ahead of their next Professional Development League fixture away to Ipswich Town (Tuesday, April 6th, 12pm).

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