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Blues U18s 2 Coventry U18s 2

Posted: Mon 02 Sep 2013

Nine-man Blues held on to claim a deserved draw against their Coventry City counterparts at Wast Hills.

Blues had taken a 2-0 first half lead against the Sky Blues courtesy of a goal from George O’Neill and a Viv Solomon (pictured) penalty conversion.

But they found themselves two men down after Solomon was given a straight red for retaliation and Reece Webb was dismissed after collecting a second yellow card.

Coventry then used their numerical advantage to score two late gaols and a share of the spoils.

Academy coach Steve Spooner said: “We felt hard done by, by some of the refereeing decisions.

“I was very pleased with the performance in the first half when we scored two goals. But we should have been out of sight at four or five-nil up in one four-minute period alone we had three gilt-edged chances that we failed to take.

“In the second half Coventry put us under pressure but I still felt we could cope with it even after Viv Solomon was sent off.

“Although we felt a bit hard done by with some of the refereeing decisions, I was very pleased with the lads’ stuck at the task and their commitment to play first with ten men and then with nine men.”

Blues U18s: Trueman, Cogley, Deadfield, Cooper (Bernard, 64), Harding, Martin, Mbunga (Dunbar, 78), Webb, McGee, O’Neil, Solomon.