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Report: Odd Down FC 2-2 Bristol City Under-18s

City Under-18s let a two-goal lead slip as they drew 2-2 with Odd Down in their final pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Marcus Day and Jayden Ali scored inside the first half to give City Under-18s a two-goal advantage heading into half-time but Odd Down mounted a second-half comeback.

Day gave City the dream start after nine minutes. Kieran Smith dashed down the right and cut into the area before pulling the ball back to Day on the penalty spot for a fine finish.

Odd Down looked to capitalise on their superior size and stature throughout the game, proving tough to handle, especially from set-pieces.

Their first real telling chance of the game came in the 27th minute, where they sent a looping free kick from the centre circle into the area. A lurking striker met the ball at the back post but keeper Lochlan Robertson came out to claim.

Robertson was again called in to action in the 36th minute, after an Odd Down counter attack. The striker cut inside Jack Turner on the edge of the box and powered an effort goalwards, but Robertson was equal to it. 

City Under-18s doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time with Ali turning the ball home after a clever corner routine.

Zac Smith and Day performed a well-rehearsed routine, with the latter providing a neat backheel. Smith charged into the box and picked out Ali on the penalty spot, who fired it through the keeper with power.

The second half was a totally different story as Odd Down produced a stunning fightback.

The first came in the 56th minute from a corner from close range after an initial attempt had been blocked.

Odd Down continued to apply the pressure, seeing a goal chalked out for offside before levelling just after the hour mark.

The hosts secured the draw from a long ball over the top, which saw the forward cut back inside Turner and sweep a shot past Denis Begovic, who had only just come on.

City Under-18s: Robertson (Begovic, 61); Ali, Turner, Spark, Turner-Williams; Hall, Z.Smith; K.Smith (Harper, 46), Day, Mortimore; Janneh.

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