28th Jun, 2022

FOOTBALL - Coventry City under-23's win Professional Development League title

COVENTRY City under-23’s won the Professional Development League (PDL) title for the first time after a thrilling 3-2 victory against Bristol City.

George Burroughs scored the winning goal on 75 minutes when Jay McGrath’s shot deflected off the centre-back and crept past Bristol goalkeeper Will Buse.

That came after City raced into a two-nil lead courtesy of Marco Rus and Ryan Howley only for the Robins to draw level through goals from Owura Edwards and Tommy Conway.

However, Coventry were not to be denied at Ashton Gate as Luke Tisdale’s young side claimed a memorable victory.

And the Sky Blues made the perfect start when Rus fired home after just four minutes after he received Fabio Tavares’ pass before finding the net.

Coventry doubled their lead on eight minutes when Howley finished well from a tight angle after Ricardo Dinanga’s initial charge into the box was halted.

And City almost put the game to bed only for Will Bapaga’s shot to come back off the post before Bristol grew into the game and forced Sky Blues goalkeeper Cian Tyler into action on multiple occasions at the other end.

The home side eventually halved the deficit on 37 minutes when Edwards netted from close range although Coventry ended the first half on top as Bapaga’s shot was well saved by Buse.

City started well in the second period as Howley shot wide before seeing a header kept out by Buse soon after as the visitors looked to restore their two-goal advantage.

However, Coventry were made to rue those missed chances on the hour mark when Conway drilled a low effort past Tyler.

The Sky Blues reclaimed the lead on 75 minutes when Jonny Ngandu’s cross fell to McGarth before the defender’s shot hit centre-back partner Burroughs and cruelly deflecetd past Buse.

Bristol pushed for an equaliser but City defended bravely to keep them at bay and hang on to claim their first PDL title.

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