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1 October 2013

Maddison's hat-trick sinks Bees

James Maddison netted a hat-trick as Coventry City came from behind to beat Brentford's Youth Team at the Alan Higgs Centre in Coventry. 
The game couldn't have started better for Jeremy Steele's side as Montell Moore gave them a fifth minute lead before Coventry goalkeeper Alex Gott denied Moore, Courtney Senior and Kojo Awotwi as The Bees dominated the opening half hour. 
However, slowly the home side got into the game and equalised seven minutes before the break when Maddison crashed home from 25 yards. 
After the break the home side took total control, Devon Kelly-Evans curled home from the edge of the box before Maddison grabbed his second. 
Substitute Jordan Shipley made it four late on and any hope Moore's second, in injury time, gave The Bees was erased as Maddison completed his hat-trick in the third minute of added time. 
The Bees made four changes from the defeat against Millwall with Nik Tzanev, Audrius Laucys, Tom Field and James Ferry replacing Joe Taylor, Gradi Milenge, Makhosini Khanye and Seika Jatta. 
To begin with it looked like the changes had worked as Moore opened the scoring on five minutes with a deflected effort from the angle of the box which left Gott stranded.
The Bees had further chances to extend that lead soon after as Moore fired wide after good work by Awotwi and the same duo combined moments later but Gott spread himself well to block Awotwi's shot behind. 
The match was fantastically stretched in the opening stages with both sides playing like the final minutes of a cup game. 
Courtney Baker-Richardson beat Brentford's offside trap but Tzanev got out to make a smart one on one save and Ben Stevenson fired the rebound inches over from 30 yards. 
At the other end Gott pulled off a full length save to turn Moore's shot wide of his near post and from the resulting corner Field headed into the side netting at the near post. 
Brentford came even closer two minutes later as Courtney Senior turned Ryan Smith and ran from deep inside his own half eventually seeing his shot cannon off a post and away for a Coventry throw in. 
Coventry then passed up a good chance to equalise as they broke quickly after Awotwi had seen his shot blocked by Dion Kelly-Evans but again Tzanev stood up well to deny Baker-Richardson as he bore down on goal. 
Tzanev was called into action again on the quarter hour to deny Jordan Forrester as the game continued to be an end-to-end affair. 
Good play from Richard Bryan and Lewis Lavender found Moore but Jordan Smith got back onto the line to clear Moore's effort to safety. 
After a frenetic opening quarter of an hour the game began to settle down more as the half went on.
Chances were still forthcoming and Lavender had to be alert to clear Kyle Barnett's header off the line after Tzanev had spilled Maddison's corner. 
Maddison then fired a free-kick from 25 yards a foot over the bar after Laucys was adjudged to have tugged back Baker-Richardson. 
Gott was nearly caught out by Moore's long-range free kick but he managed to dive on the ball as Bradley Clayton followed in looking for the rebound. 
And seven minutes before half-time The Sky Blues equalised as Maddison was given time and space on the edge of the D to pick his spot high to Tzanev's left. 
After the goal Coventry went looking to take a lead into half-time Tzanev made another fine save to deny Kelly-Evans before Baker-Richardson hit the post from a tight angle after he had dispossessed Dan Webster.
The home side started the second-half as they had finished the first and got their reward after 52 minutes when Dion Kelly-Evans' shot was deflected away to Devon, his twin, and he cut in from the left and curled a shot into the far corner from 15 yards. 
Baker-Richardson's pace and power was causing The Bees backline problems and he had a major role in Coventry's third which came on the hour. 
Bryan lost the ball on the edge of Coventry's box and Baker-Richardson ran almost the length of the pitch before crossing for Maddison to slip the ball under Tzanev for his second of the game. 
Gradi Milenge and Fumnaya Shomotun were introduced to try and change the game but Milenge almost gifted Coventry a fourth when he lost the ball under pressure to Baker-Richardson but Tzanev rushed out well to save at the Coventry frontman's feet. 
The Bees kept pushing to get back into the game but they were getting little change out of Barnett and Smith and the home side put the game to bed with five minutes of normal time to go as once more Baker-Richardson broke and he played in Shipley to roll under Tzanev from the penalty spot.
Shipley could have scored a second three minutes later but this time his shot on the break flew over the angle of post and bar from the edge of the box.
The Coventry substitute then passed up a great chance for his second after The Bees switched off from a free-kick allowing George Thomas a free cross which Shipley glanced wide from six yards. 
Having missed a number of chances to seal the game Moore's second threatened to set up a grandstand finish as he held off two defenders and calmly slotted the ball past Gott to make the score 4-2 in the first minute of injury time. 
And a minute later Awotwi passed up a great chance to reduce the arrears further but he didn't connect properly with his shot from 15 yards and the ball rolled tamely into Gott's hands. 
Coventry did secure the win seconds later as another break found Maddison free in the box. He kept his cool to dink a lovely chip over Tzanev and into the back of the net to complete his hat-trick and condemn Jeremy's side to a second successive defeat. 

Coventry City: Alex Gott; Ryan Smith (sub Jordan Shipley 79 mins), Kyle Barnett, Jordan Smith, Devon Kelly-Evans; Dion Kelly-Evans, Ryan Quinn, Ben Stevenson, Jordan Forrester (sub George Thomas 75 mins); Courtney Baker-Richardson, James Maddison
Subs: Luke Bromley, Matt Hill, Cian Harries,
Booked: Devon Kelly-Evans
Goals: James Maddison 38, 60, 90+3 ; Devon Kelly-Evans 53; Jordan Shipley 85
Brentford: Nik Tzanev; Richard Bryan, Dan Webster, Audrius Laucys (sub Gradi Milenge 64 mins), Tom Field; Lewis Lavender (sub George Pilbeam 85 mins), James Ferry; Courtney Senior, Montell Moore, Kojo Awotwi; Bradley Clayton (sub Fumnaya Shomotun 64 mins)
Subs: Joe Taylor
Booked: Audrius Laucys 
Goals: Montell Moore 5; 90+1

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