Full-Time: Man City vs. Doncaster (U23s)
In Manchester City u23's second EFL Trophy fixture of the season, we took on League 1 Doncaster! With a depleted side due to many of the academy stars involved in action for the first team. With City Chief's Tom Caldwell at the Keepmoat Stadium, this is how that went!
XI: Slicker, Hamilton, Smith, Katongo, Larios, Charles, Bobb, Gyabi, Edozie (c), Delap, Bolton
Subs: Van Sas, Sodje, Tarensi, O’Reilly, Lewis, Oduroh, Mebude
City's much depleted squad still had lots of quality, namely with star striker and PL2 top scorer last season, Liam Delap starting up front for the Citizens!
An impeccably observed minutes silence for the great Jimmy Greaves, City taking the knee, and Doncaster standing as one to show there is no room for abuse of any form, in all walks of life, all before kick off, and the began! Doncaster in all red with some white stripes, City in our all blue home kit.
The first chance of the game went to Doncaster, but Slicker saved well for the blues! Juan Larios, shortest player on the pitch, won the header from the corner.
The next chance of the game fell to City star Sam Edozie, who many City fans thought may have features for the First Team this evening, and he showed why! Edozie went 1-on-1 and showed composure and precision to finish!
Aiden Barlow's chance at the other end one minute later for the home side was mis-hit went over the bar and landed on the roof of the net, keeping up ahead.
On 15 minutes, Joe Dodoo levelled for the home side, slotting it into the corner past Slicker in the City goal, and a Slicker save minutes later kept it level!
City were forced into an early change after that goal, with the injured Darko Gyabi being replaced by Tai Sodje.
May I just say, the linkup of :
On the left hand side, is incredible.
40 minutes in, Aiden Barlow had the ball yet again, but, yet again, Slicker saves the 1-on-1.
That chance rounded off the half at the Keepmoat, with City having much of the possession, but Doncaster having more shots at goal, by far.
Just after the second half got underway, City looked invigorated! Tai Sodje had two shots on target before the clock hit 50:00, but really, should've tested the keeper more.
Shouts of 'Wycombe, Wycombe, Wycombe', were aimed at City by the Doncaster faithful at the Keepmoat, as news broke about Wycombe Wanderers' opener vs the first team.
Another highlight was the linesman overzealous you raised his flag, dropping it, which prompted referee Ben Toner to pretend to be a juggler, poking fun at his assistant.
Doncaster went 1-0 up after 58, minutes, a well hit shot from Joe Dodoo from the edge of the area put the Reds ahead.
At 2-1, it seemed a long way back for the Young Blues, but they had life in them yet, having a period of attacking towards the 'Solutions 4 Cleaning North Stand', including Luke Bolton striking the bar from 10 yards out, and Tai Sodje's deflected effort going just over the bar.
On 82 minutes, it was City who went close again, with Tai Sodje's shot hitting the post.
With the time ticking away, City had numerous efforts at goal but to no prevail, and it ended 2-1 to Doncaster Rovers, although City can hold their heads high after showing an immense level of technicality and maturity, despite the scoreline!