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Report: Colchester United U23s 0-5 Bristol City U23s

Shawn McCoulsky continued his stunning recent form with a hat-trick as City Under-23s romped to a 5-0 victory at Colchester United this afternoon.

The 19-year-old, who made his first team debut against Hull City in the EFL Cup last month, opened the scoring after just ten minutes in Essex, capitalising on a quickly taken throw-in to cut inside his man and finish with a low shot.

City spurned the opportunity to double their lead when Connor Lemonheigh-Evans dragged a penalty wide of the keeper’s right-hand post, but still went in at the break 2-0 to the good.

After Lloyd Kelly struck the underside of the crossbar, Diego De Girolamo was fastest to react and force the ball over the line from inside the six-yard box.

McCoulsky grabbed his second three minutes into the second half with a trademark header from a Charlie Harris cross.

Right-back Harris then added his name to the scoresheet ten minutes from time at the end of an excellent team move.

Kelly’s raking diagonal pass was cleverly cushioned inside by Lemonheigh-Evans to Jake Andrews, who was only denied by the upright before Harris tucked in the rebound.

City were sharp in the box again when McCoulsky completed his hat-trick with four minutes left, this time following in a shot from De Girolamo to put the icing on the cake for Jamie McAllister’s side.

Boss McAllister told bcfc.co.uk: “The boys played well today. We were on the front foot from the start and got the early goal.

“It was a good performance all over the pitch. We picked up a lot of second balls, kept Colchester on the back foot and showed a great appetite to keep going forward looking to score more goals.”

Bristol City Under-23s: Wollacott, Harris, Lyons-Foster, Kelly, Pring (Moseley 75), McNulty (Bascome 75), Andrews, Lemonheigh-Evans (Baldwin 82), Morrell, De Girolamo, McCoulsky. Subs not used: Challis, McAllister.