City U18's Win

COVENTRY CITY U18'S 3-2 CARDIFF CITY U18'S BY KEV MONKS

TEAM
Collett,Christie,Hollist,Greenway (Clarke 72),Cameron,Jones,Thomas,Ogleby (Blackwell 32, Grandison 82), Jeffers,West,Leluu. SNU Quirke

Cardiff
Santiago,Cummings, Bloom, Farah, Evans, Edwards, Kelleher,Wildig, MaGennis (Thomas 60), Meades, Mason

HT CCFC 3-1 CCFC FT CCFC 3-2 CCFC
Goals Shaun Jeffers (17 & 27), Josh MaGennis (28), Bradley Jones (32), Liam Thomas (67)

Booked Christie,Cameron, Meades
Man Of The Match - Bradley Jones
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Coventry City U18's played well in the first half but hung on in the second half to beat Cardiff City 3-2.

Injuries and first team requirements meants that Greg Rioch was forced to field a side that included an Under 15 and an Under 16 in his starting side.

On a cold,windy lunchtime at the Alan Higgs Centre, Greg Rioch's side took the lead in the 17th minute when Shaun Jeffers tore down the left and hit a shot which Jordan Santiago palmed over the line and into the botton corner of the net.

Ten minutes later, Jeffers was on the score-sheet again when he swept hom a Robert Ogleby cross.

Straight from the kick off, Gary Twose's side hit back through Josh MaGennis who burst through the middle of the defence to score with a low finish.

In the 32nd minute,a clattering tackle forced Ogleby, who had picked up a calf injury off and his replacement Jacob Blackwell delivered a cross from the right which Bradley Jones dived to head home.

Jones went wide with another header thirteen minutes into the second half.

But playing against the wind, the Sky Blues failed to find the rhythm they had shown in the first half and were forced to defend more.

In the 67th minute, Cardiff pulled another goal back through substitute Liam Thomas who raced to stab home from six yards.

Rhys Kelleher caused the Coventry defence a number of problems. In the 81st minute, only a superb block with his legs by Neil Collett prevented Kelleher from equalising. Two minutes later, Kelleher cut inside the area but fired over the bar with only Collett to beat.

City, who travel to Leicester next Saturday, were really hanging on and the final whistle and the three points which keep City in touch with the leaders was something of a relief.