• Ryan Sheehan

Citizens defeat Longlevens away from home.

The Citizens travelled to Gloucestershire yesterday to take on Longlevens in the Hellenic League Premier Division, 6 months ago this very fixture would bring the Citizens season to a close with both teams in a relegation battle but fast forward to the present day and that would now seem a distant memory as both teams have started the new season in fine form.


Mo Davies almost put the Citizens ahead after 5 minutes as he striked low from the right hand side of the box, unfortunately the shot went wide.

On the tenth minute Dunn was shown a yellow card for his challenge on Aaron De Rama as the citizens tried to attack.

Eleven minutes in Mo Davies did however find that opening goal from six yards after Mckoy Palmer twisted Smyllie left and right before drilling the ball in.

Longlevens had a chance to equalise in the seventieth minute as Ben Tegg curled the ball in from nearly 25 yards, forcing York to get down and beat it away.

Having been involved in the opening goal, Mckoy Palmer wanted to have his name on the score-sheet to and nineteen minutes in forced a great save out of Wintle who did well to palm it away after Palmer cuts one way to the other before swinging an effort in.

On the twentieth minute Adam Cashin-Murray looked to put the Citizens further in front with a strike from 25 yards, unfortunately the shot was over the bar.

Twenty six minutes in, Kai Stubbs-Alleyne also looked to extend our lead but unfortunately the shot was off target.

On the thirty third minute, The Citizens would finally get that second goal which everyone knew had been coming, this time it was Mckoy Palmer getting the goal he deserved after Dan Davies got in behind the Longlevens' left back and then slot & drilled the ball in for Mckoy to put away.

Our hosts would make their first substitution on the fortieth minute as Emery who appeared to have taking a knock was taken off and Watts was introduced.

Half time 0-2

City started the second half brightly as Davies forced a save out of the Longlevens' keeper, but apart from that didn't really trouble the Longlevens' goalkeeper in the second half instead opting to see out their 0-2 lead.

In the sixty seventh minute the Citizens named their first substitution as Louis Le Pais came off in place of Tom Browne .

The main talking point of the second half, and possibly the entire game was the sending off of Darrell Long for dissent with around twenty minutes on the clock, this incident caused the game to become very hostile with both teams reacting in disapproval meaning the officials were slowly losing control both on and off the pitch, The referee was very quick to come over to our technical area and warn the Citizens coaching team about their conduct.

Seventy one minutes in our hosts would make their second and third substitutions of the afternoon as Blackburn and Cornell came on to replace Tegg and Emmett.

On the seventy fifth minute, the Citizens would name their second substitution and changed their attacking options as Mo Davies was replaced by Sam Bell.

On the seventy ninth minute, Austin Best was booked for a foul on Callinan right on the edge of the box, which earned our hosts a free kick but before that was taken the Citizens would make their third and final substitution as Citizens made another change to their attacking line-up with Kai Stubbs-Alleyne being replaced with Yashwa Romeo.

Longlevens got us underway again with their free kick which they totally wasted, and would continue to look for their first goal.

On the eighty second minute, Longlevens looked like they might of found their first goal, which a this late stage would of been a consolation goal. However Charlie York was able to keep Blackburn's shot out and keep his clean sheet intact.

On the eighty seventh minute Longlevens again looked toothless up front as Barnett headed a free kick back and Tommy Callinan headed it straight at Charlie York.

Into added time with 5 minutes on the clock, but the game was well and truly over and upon the referee blowing the whistle, City's win was confirmed, another 3 points would be coming back to Berkshire.

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