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Coventry Youth Team Look To The Final

Coventry City are just 90 minutes from reaching their first major final in 12 years.

The Sky Blues take a 4-0 lead into the second leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final against Newcastle at Highfield Road tonight.

Gary McSheffrey rattled in a hat-trick and Craig Strachan added a fourth in the first leg at St James’ Park to put City firmly in control.

They now look favourite to meet West Ham who are 3-0 up at the same stage against Everton.

Today’s game kicks off at 7pm and tickets are priced at 3 for adults and 1 for juniors and OAPs. The club can help schools organise parties for the game and anyone interested should ring 01203 234020.

Chairman Bryan Richardson is hopeful the class of 1999 can follow the junior side of 1987 who won the cup just days before their seniors beat Tottenham at Wembley.

He said:

"It is a magnificent achievement to have reached the semi-final and the lads did very well up at Newcastle.

"I went up to watch the game and it was a terrific performance by them. Hopefully they will turn on the style tonight.

"It would be great to see a good crowd at the game and the team certainly play very exciting football."

The first leg of the final will be at Highfield Road on 7 May, kicking off at 8pm, with the second leg away from home a week later.

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David Burrows, Coventry City FCSky Blues veteran defender David Burrows has told his City team-mates that they cannot afford to slip up against Wimbledon on Saturday.

He said:

"We are looking at five more points to be safe, so we really need to win our last two home games to make sure.

"We are getting anxious to secure points, on Saturday two of the teams below us lost which was a bonus, but we can’t keep relying on that."

However, Burrows feels that Coventry will be significantly strengthened for Saturday’s clash by the return from suspension of Gary McAllister and Noel Whelan.

He said:

"Both of them were missed because we were without quality players, but we are going to have times during a season when players are missing and if we can’t cope we will get beaten."

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Coventry City have set up a challenge to find their most knowledgeable football fans.

The club is holding the 1998-99 Sky Blues Football Quiz Championship on Tuesday 18 May, and City fans are invited to enter teams of six to compete against the likes of Carling, The Coventry Evening Telegraph, Mercia Sound, Kix96 and the Coventry City all-stars.

The quiz will begin at 8.30pm in the Ladbrokes Suite, with prizes for the winning team. Anyone wishing to enter (10 per team), should call Steve Saul on 01902 892999, or Sue Foster on 01203 234062.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 27 Apr 99

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