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Adam Baker


Posted Friday, January 19th 2018

Report: Stoke City U23s 3-3 Bristol City U23s

City Under-23s produced a remarkable comeback to earn a valuable point against Stoke City in the Premier League Cup.

Trailing 3-1 with three minutes to go, Luke Williams’ side looked set for defeat in the group match.

However, his young side had other ideas as Rory Holden crashed in a stunner and Jake Andrews slotted home a spot-kick for an unlikely, but deserved, share of the spoils.

The sides walked out on to the pitch

Tyrese Campbell gave the hosts at St George’s Park a dream start with two goals inside the first 20 minutes.

The Potters striker converted Julien Ngoy’s cross to open the scoring and then curled a stunning goal from the edge of the penalty area.

Freddie Hinds cut the deficit in half just after the half hour with a deft header from Andrews’ long throw that deceived the keeper and crept over the line.

Stoke restored their two-goal advantage shortly after half-time when Daniel Jarvis danced into the penalty area and centred to present substitute Shola Ayoola with a simple tap-in.

That looked to have sealed the victory, but City’s development side kept fighting and set up a Grandstand finish when Holden found the top corner with an unstoppable left-foot shot from 25 yards.

Then, into stoppage time, Cameron Allen was bundled over in the box by Ngoy, leaving Andrews to equalise from the resultant spot-kick, sending Stoke keeper Josef Bursik the wrong way.

It means Stoke and City remain joint-top of Group G on seven points, being chased by Liverpool in third. City will face Liverpool at Ashton Gate on Tuesday, February 13th (7pm kick-off).

City Under-23s: Wollacott, Baldwin, Parsons, Plavotic, Ali, Andrews, Bakinson, Lemonheigh-Evans, Akpobire (Allen), Hinds (Rees), Holden. Subs not used: Sesay, Turner-Williams, Richards.