U18s: Coventry City 1-0 Bolton

Young Whites fall to narrow defeat in the Midlands

Bolton Wanderers Under-18s fell to a narrow defeat away at Coventry City on Saturday.

Despite dominating proceedings during the first period against the Sky Blues, the Whites were unable to capitalise on their opportunities in front of goal with Enock Likoy-Elumba seeing two shots blocked before Danny McKenna’s header was cleared off the line.

They were punished for their inability to convert their chances with 35 minutes gone on the clock however, with the home side opening the scoring from a deflected cross that fell to a man at the far post.

In the second period, Wanderers again created several chances with Under-16 player Matthew Fearnley being denied by both Coventry’s goalkeeper and the crossbar.

Despite their efforts however, the hosts stood firm to ensure that Lee’s side left the Midlands empty handed at the final whistle.

After the game, Under-18s coach David Lee told bwfc.co.uk; "How we did not get anything from the game I do not know considering the number of chances we created.

"We dominated in the first half but failed to convert a number of good chances created.

"Having fallen behind, it was the same story again after the break but we just couldn't get the goal.

"I was pleased with the players' attitudes as they kept going until the very end.

"We now look forward to travelling to Exeter City in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday evening." 


Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Lonsdale, Everest, Honeyball, Brockbank, Griffiths, Palmer (Pearson 75), Earing (Allen 80), Likoy-Elumba, Fearnley, McKenna.

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