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UNDER-18s PROGRESS IN CUP

29 October 2020

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City’s under-18s advanced to the second round of the FA Youth Cup with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Blackpool. 

A first-half double from Charlie Wood followed by a late Connor Morris winner successfully saw off the Tangerines at Bloomfield Road.

Mark Trueman’s side got off to a dream start when Charlie Wood headed in from a corner after just two minutes. 

The City skipper then added a second 10 minutes later when a partially-cleared cross fell to his feet on the edge of the area. 

Wood hit a sublime half-volley which flew into the back of the net to give his side a commanding two-goal advantage early on, which they held for the remainder of the opening 45 minutes. 

Nine minutes into the second half and Blackpool pulled a goal back, when James Harrison headed in a Robert Apter cross. 

After a prolonged spell of pressure - which saw City on the back foot for the first time in the evening - the Seasiders then levelled the cup tie with 15 minutes remaining, thanks to a far-post header from Brad Holmes. 

The Bantams hit back with an instant response, though, and proved to be level for just two minutes, after striker Connor Morris slammed home from a tight angle. 

The second-year scholar's strike would be the final of an entertaining, end-to-end affair which secured victory for City to send them into round two. 

CITY: Tom Donaghy; Harvey Rowe, Sam Bentley, Tanaka Maumbe, Oliver Norman; Raj Palit, Oliver Sukiennicki, Jack Wilson, Cole Roberts; Charlie Wood ©, Connor Morris. 

GOALS: Charlie Wood (2’, 12’), Connor Morris (77’). 

BLACKPOOL: Alec McLachlan; Perez Goumou, Sebastian Wyllie, Cameron Hill, Michael Fitzgerald; Matthew Liptrott, Rob Apter, Tayt Trusty, James Harrison; Brad Holmes, Max Rodgers. 

GOALS: James Harrison (54’) Brad Holmes (75’). 


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