Colchester United U23s have been beaten 3-1 at Coventry City
The U's goal proved to be a consolation, having gone three down, and despite the hosts going down to ten men, there was no comeback in the final quarter of the game for the U's youngsters.
The first chance for the Sky Blues fell to Jordy Hiwula, who was lively in the opening minutes of the game and he had a shot from the edge of the box that was held by the U's ‘keeper.
The visitors were restricted to minimal possession in the first ten minutes, but they did muster a chance through their right winger, but his effort sailed over Tom Billson’s head and the City goal.
However, the U's grew into the game and came close to opening the scoring when the U’s centre forward appeared to stay on side, forcing Billson to tip the effort into the woodwork.
City possessed a strong attack moving forward and it was Hiwula and O’Hare who combined with a quick one-two and then teeing up Josh Eccles on the edge which created the Sky Blues next chance, but Eccles’ shot was deflected behind.
Hiwula himself was set free by Jamie Allen as he broke the offside trap, but his shot was well saved by the United ‘keeper.
The City pressure eventually paid off as they took lead when Gervane Kastaneer’s cross was met by Max Biamou who found the back of the net to make it 1-0.
City were denied a second moments later as a superb stop by the U's ‘keeper denied Morgan Williams from converting Sam McCallum’s ball into the box.
The Sky Blues did add a second and it was great work from Jamie Allen who played a one-two with Callum O’Hare and then he slotted the ball past the ‘keeper to make it 2-0.
City picked up where they had left off second half and were inches away from a third after Biamou burst into the box and pulled the ball back for Kastaneer, but his shot went over the bar.
Things took a turn for the worst for the Sky Blues when Morgan Williams was sent off for a last man challenge.
But going down to ten men didn’t effect City as they made it 3-0 after Biamou’s ball across the face of goal was turned in by Kastaneer for 3-0.
However, that advantage lasted a matter of minutes as a deflected shot from Michael Fernandes, (pictured earlier this season), left Billson wrong footed and pulled one back for the visitors.
With the Sky Blues down to ten, the game seemed to open up more with both sides creating goal scoring opportunities, first Hiwula hitting the side netting and then the visitors forcing Billson into a smart stop.
The ‘keeper was called into action again minutes later as he had to get down well to stop a drilled shot from distance.
With a man disadvantage, City defended well and restricted the visitors to minimal chances and instead it was the Sky Blues who came closest to adding another goal before the final whistle, but a strong hand denied Biamou in the eighty eighth minute.
Thanks to Coventry City for the report.