Thursday, 30 March 2017

March to the Arch - Day 5 - Brighton u23s

With only 3 days left until 13% of Coventry goes to north west London I have reached the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy looking back at our run, and we got horrifically lucky by facing a bunch of kids at the Ricoh. In fairness to Brighton, they did bring a whole 10 parents and family members to the game to see them get ruined at the hands of an average City side.

Starting XI:

Reice Charles-Cook

Dion Kelly-Evans
Cian Harries
Chris Stokes
Ryan Haynes

George Thomas
Gael Bigirimana
Vladimir Gadzhev
Ruben Lameiras

Jodi Jones
Stuart Beavon


Lee Burge
Jack Finch
Callum Maycock
Callum Reilly
Ben Stevenson
Andy Rose
Marcus Tudgay

I'm not sure what's funnier, that we were literally forced to play Chris Stokes in his unnatural position of centre back a solid 6 weeks before he was actually fit to play football again or that we had 5 centre midfielders on the bench. I say we played average because when it really comes down to it, it literally is kids we were playing against.

We were all over them early on but their keeper was a shining light in the team, Cian Harries had a flicked on header saved at point blank range early on whilst Jodi Jones' well placed low driven attempt forced him to change direction and palm it to one side. Possibly his best save of the night was from Bigi who on the half volley had a shot which looked destined for the top corner but Sanchez in net managed to get finger tips on it taking it over.

By no fault of the keeper, we eventually got our deserved lead, Beavon turned his defender well to play the ball to Lameiras about 12 yards out who with all the time in the world stuck it in the far corner. This seemed to open the floodgates a little, our power was proving way too much for the youngsters.

Jodi Jones has portrayed a lot of quality this season under the radar, he never seems to give up on a loose ball. We saw that once more early in the second half when he managed to keep it in on the right when all the defenders had assumed it was a lost cause. This meant he could roam into the box and pick out the perfect ball for George Thomas to nod into the roof of the net.

We then took our foot off the gas a bit until late on when Ryan Haynes did his thing and ran in free space, cut on to his right, and from about 20 yards struck in off the far post. Ladbrokes are offering 25/1 Ryan Haynes to score and Coventry to win, put your house on it. But I'm getting incredibly excited now, how about you...?

Come back again tomorrow where I'll be going over the Quarter Final win away at Swansea where there will be a story of tears, penalties, motorway closures and all around absolute #Scenes. Only one more working day left of the week which feels like it will never end.

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