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Young U's See Off Coventry

Weekend win for U18s

13 January 2020

Colchester United's Youth Team have beaten Coventry City 4-1.

In the game that took place on Saturday in the West Midlands, Liam Bailey's youngsters were always in control against the League One side.

The young U's started the game in a 4-4-2 diamond shape against Coventry’s 3-5-2, allowing them to overload the midfield and play through the thirds.

Some of the football played was very good to start and the players got their rewards after only seven minutes when Andre Hasanally, pictured, made a good run into the box from deep.

Although his shot was blocked, the clearance fell to Donell Thomas and he set up Samson Tovide to score from the edge of the box.

The U's continued to play some good football out from the back, and also worked hard in pressing forcing Coventry into mistakes to give the ball away.

The second goal came on twenty  minutes from a quick counter attack from a Coventry mistake, with Andre Hasanally again driving forwards into the box.

He got quickly onto the ball after having his first shot blocked,and showed good composure to get his second shot away.

The third goal came quickly after Andre Hasanally's cross was poorly cleared, with the ball falling to our trialist centre forward Lewis Reed who slotted away from just inside the six yard box.

The U's managed to continue the good passing through midfield and dominated most of the first half, which made Coventry change shape to try and deal with the problems being caused in midfield.

Whatever message about continuing the good work from the first half and take it into the second half that the U's players were given worked, with them scoring a third on forty nine minutes.

Lewis Reed scored his second of the game, and the U's fourth, when he neeted at the back post from a corner taken by Harvey Sayer.

The theme of the first half continued throughout the second, with some really good passages of play when the U's had the ball and there continued to be real intent with the pressing of Coventry defenders.

The U's front five were looking dangerous on most attacks, but couldn't get a fifth goal for the visitors.

Coventry got a goal back themselves from a set piece on seventy minutes, but this didn’t change much in the game as the U's managed to see out the rest of the game with little threat from the hosts.

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