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Posted Friday, April 13th 2018

Report: Sheffield Wednesday U23s 2-1 Bristol City U23s

City Under-23s suffered a 2-1 defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday, despite a second half rally.

Trailing 2-0 at half-time, Antoine Semenyo pulled a goal back for Luke Williams’ side, but they couldn’t force a late equaliser despite constant pressure.

Fraser Preston was the hero for the Owls as he bagged a first half brace.

Marcus Day and Semenyo both went close early on, before a last-ditch clearance prevented Tom Richards from scrambling home the opener.

However, it was the hosts who struck first against the run of play in South Yorkshire.

Jordan Lonchar put Preston in the clear and he kept his cool to beat Jojo Wollacott with a well-placed left-foot finish.

Moments later Semenyo was seemingly brought crashing to ground by Ben Williams, but the referee waved away strong appeals.

To compound matters further, City found themselves two behind before half-time as Preston cut in from the flank and sent a 30-yard effort sailing into the top corner.

George Hirst almost put the result beyond doubt early in the second half, only to find Wollacott up to task with a smart save.

Then, in the 65th minute, Semenyo nipped in to reduce the deficit and give City hope.

By now the young Robins were piling on the pressure, with the ever-lively Semenyo and Richards both going within inches of equalising.

Despite their best efforts, it wasn’t to be the visitors, who return to action on Tuesday away at QPR.

Bristol City Under-23s: Wollacott, Turner-Williams, Harvey Smith, Plavotic, Nurse, Holden, Bakinson, Richards, Rees (Ali), Semenyo, Day (Akpobire). Subs not used: Carey, Harrison.