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Youth Team Lose Out For Second Year

Coventry City’s Soccer Academy director Richard Money today called on his side to reach the FA Youth Cup final for a third year running after they went down 2-0 at Arsenal last night.

It was the second year in succession that the side had lost to London opposition in the last stage of the leading competition for young players.

The scoreline meant that City lost 5-1 on aggregate after a poor home performance.

Money said:

"The away leg was always going to be very difficult after the first game. We had had our chances to go in front at Highfield Road but had not taken them.

"Had we scored in the first 15 minutes we knew it would be a different tie but we couldn’t manage it.

"We can have no complaints at all. The best side won the cup – they have some very good players and are a very big club. They looked physically stronger but technically they were also better.

"The players have now got to look at themselves, look at what we have achieved the try to do it again. For five of the players that was the second time they had lost in a final but we have done very well to reach the last stage twice in two years and they deserve credit."

Jay Bothroyd made certain of victory when he pounced on an error by City keeper Gary Montgomery and Steven Sidwell added a second after 72 minutes.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 13 May 00

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