Trialist impresses as Town U23s beat Coventry

Town U23s beat Coventry City 2-1 at Portman Road last night.

Tyreece Simpson and Ben Folami were on target for Blues in the Professional Development League Two clash.

Town included Reading defender Gabriel Osho in the squad. Osho joined the Royals as eight-year-old and made his debut for the first team aged 20 in a Championship game against Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium in December 2018.

The 21-year-old has made one more sub appearance in the Championship as well as a Carabao Cup start for the Royals, in addition to loan spells with Maidenhead, Aldershot and, for the second half of last season, Bristol Rovers, although without making a first-team appearance for the Pirates.

The hosts created the first genuine chance of the game in the 12th minute. Idris El Mizouni played the ball to Simpson on the corner of the penalty area, before the striker fired a yard or so over the crossbar having cut back on to his left foot.

But in the 26th minute Simpson once again tried his luck with his left and this time found the bottom corner of the net. Simpson collected a throw-in from Louie Fehrenbach and did well to twist his marker before smashing the ball beyond Coventry ‘keeper Ben Wilson.

The away side almost levelled in the last minute of the first half but Declan Drysdale volleyed over from close range having met a deep corner.

Coventry wasted a huge chance seven minutes after the restart but Gervane Kastaneer sliced the ball well wide of the target as it looked easier to score.

And in the 55th minute Town doubled their advantage. Folami dragged the ball on to his left before curling into the far bottom corner from just inside the box.

The Sky Blues made it a nervy final few minutes, though, when Josh Eccles superbly found the top corner with a right-footed volley after Blues failed to clear their lines from a corner.

But Blues held on despite the late pressure to make it four games unbeaten in PDL2.

U23s: Przybek, Fehrenbach, Clements, McGavin, Osho, Ndaba, Foudil (K Brown 80), El Mizouni, Simpson, Folami, Hughes. Unused: Henderson, Gibbs, Scott.

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