Murray shines in reserves' win
FA Premier Reserve League (south)Coventry Reserves 0Ipswich Town Reserves 3ANTONIO Murray would surely have made watching Blues boss Joe Royle sit up and take notice with what was a starring role for Town reserves at Coventry last night, writes Derek Davis.
FA Premier Reserve League (south)
Coventry Reserves 0
Ipswich Town Reserves 3
ANTONIO Murray would surely have made watching Blues boss Joe Royle sit up and take notice with what was a starring role for Town reserves at Coventry last night, writes Derek Davis.
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The taxi-driver's son from Cambridge scored the all-important opening goal at Highfield Road and put in a mature midfield performance.
Dean Bowditch grabbed the second and substitute Craig Read the third as Town turned their first-half domination into second-half goals.
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Alun Armstrong showed a professional resolve after being told he would be available on a free transfer and put in probably his best second-string showing since coming back from a fractured wrist.
Teenage defensive duo Aidan Collins, who is likely to feature at Derby on Sunday, and 18-year-old triallist Steve Towers from non-league Oadby Town, impressed as Town reserves relinquished their title but ended the season on a high.
Reserve-team boss Steve McCall said: "We were always in charge but it was not until Antonio's goal that we really got on top. It was a very accomplished display with a lot of good performances."
One down side was a knee injury to Matt Bloomfield, who was stretchered off after a brutal tackle in the area which should have resulted in a penalty but was ignored by the referee.
Coventry City: Brush, Oddy, Thornton, Briscoe, Cooney, Higgins, Hall, Shevel, Mackey, McSheffrey and Doyle. Substitutes: Stanford, Tuffey, Giddings, Noon and Goodman.
Ipswich Town: Price, Mitchell, Chaffey, Murray, Collins, Towers, Abidallah, Bloomfield, Armstrong, Bowditch and Boardley. Subs: Flack, Peat, Hogg, Reid and Barron.