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Crewe Suffer Defeat In Youth Cup

23 November 2015

Bassala Sambou scores twice to put Sky Blues through.



The quick and powerful forward opened the scoring after 26 minutes after he took full advantage of some indecisive defending between full-back Matty Neal and Alex goalkeeper Kieran Harrison. The Crewe goalkeeper came out to deal with the through ball but his clearance stuck Neill and before he could retreat and jump on the loose ball, Saumbou pounced on the error to take a touch and then force the ball into an empty net.

Bassala Saumbou scored twice for Coventry City in the first half as Crewe Alexandra exited the FA Cup Youth Cup at the second round stage. The impressive City striker proved the difference on the night but Crewe only had themselves to blame after two defensive lapses presented Sambou with his two goals. A fairly even first half saw Crewe dominate much of the possession but the Alex youngsters were undone again by the alert Sambou as he The defeat means Crewe miss out on the opportunity of playing local neighbours Stoke City in round three of the competition.

The Alex youngsters just couldn't find that decisive goal to make it an anxious last quarter for the home side, who defended really well all night to keep out a Kenny Lunt that has been scoring freely this seaason.

Crewe again dominated much of the ball in the second half but were just lacking that quality in the final third of the pitch. Substitute Johnny Higham struck the underside of the crossbar as Crewe tried to score the all important third goal in the tie and in the closing stages, captain Ollie Finney had a couple of well struck efforts blocked inside a crowded penalty area and Callum Ainley also had a late chance blocked and it looped out for a corner.

City were always a threat on the break, especially through their match winner Sambou but Harrison was also tested by Jordan Shipley and Dan Smith, as Crewe tired to get into the half time interval to regroup.

Crewe's best chance of the first half saw Charlie Kirk volley straight at the Coventry City goalkeeper Corey Addai from close range and Owen Dale was also forced wide by the diving Coventry keeper, as he broke an organised Coventry back line. Tom Lowery also forced the City keeper into a save after he met Ollie Finney's cross coming in from the left hand side.

raced onto another through ball and beat Harrison to a 50/50 to tap home again just a couple of minutes after his opener. From looking fairly comfortable in possession, Crewe found themselves 2-0 down and chasing the game.

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