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Report: Manchester City Under-23s 2 Blues Under-23s 1

The Blues players leave the pitch after their encouraging performance against Man City.
The Blues players leave the pitch after their encouraging performance against Man City.

Blues ultimately fell to a narrow defeat against their opponents after missing one of the two penalties they were awarded during the game.

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Blues Under-23s gave an excellent account of themselves on Friday afternoon in their friendly fixture against Manchester City at the Etihad training complex.

But they ultimately fell to a narrow defeat against their opponents after missing one of the two penalties they were awarded during the game.

The hosts were on the front foot in the opening stages of the contest, but Blues were defending tightly and in numbers and generally not allowing them to put themselves in scoring positions.

Blues defender Remeao Hutton put in fine sliding challenge on the edge of his box to deny a Manchester City forward, and then Spanish trialist goalkeeper Gerard Huiz pulled off a neat diving save to keep them at bay for a second time.

But the deadlock was broken after 19 minutes when City capitalised on several Blues errors in the build up to their goal.

Having fallen behind in such disappointing circumstances, Blues began to establish more of an attacking foothold of their own and Ryan Burke saw his snap shot saved at the second attempt by the home 'keeper, before their positive play was rewarded with a penalty

Spanish striker Miguel Fernandez burst through into the box and displayed some neat footwork to bamboozle the home defence, before being upended.

The trialist stepped up to take the spot-kick himself but his left-footed attempt was saved by the City 'keeper just inside his upright at full stretch.

Then with half-time just a minute away, City extended their advantage with a superbly taken strike from outside the area which flew straight into the top corner of the net.

Half-time: Manchester City Under-23s 2 Blues Under-23s 0

Blues made a host of changes at the break and it paid immediate dividends as they won a penalty just 20 seconds after the restart when trialist Deese Kasinga Madia was brought down.

This time Kane Thompson-Sommers stepped up and he made no mistake as he blasted the ball home, as he sent the 'keeper the wrong way.

Buoyed by their goal, Blues began to get the better of their opponents and it took some last gasp defending by the hosts to bring Kyle Hurst down on the edge of the box to prevent him from getting through into the area.

With time running out, Rhys Hilton fired an attempt over the bar and then with minutes to play Olly McCoy should have done better with a curling effort which just went just over the bar.

Blues Under-23s: Huiz (Weaver h/t), Hutton (Gordon 73) Gordon (Campbell h/t), Roberts (Forrest h/t), Baker (McCoy h/t), Stirk (Concannon h/t), Boyd-Munce (Thompson-Sommers h/t), Burke (Hurst h/t), Fernandez (Hilton h/t), Madia (George h/t), Reid (Andrews h/t).

* Manchester City requested that BCFC did not share details of their players involved in this friendly.

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