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United get 8 as City open with defeat
Posted by Andrew Dunn
Jul 11, 2018, 13:29

Cambridge City opened their pre-season campaign with a heavy 8-1 defeat at the hands of Cambridge United.

With United already putting 7 past St Neots at the weekend, and given their superior fitness, City were arguably always going to be on a hiding to nothing and so it proved as the Lilywhites capitulated late in the second half.

City put in a good shift for the best part of an hour, and at one point the score was 1-1 with Ryan Sharman cancelling out the opening goal from Jabo Iberhe.

United though were always in control and were back in front shortly before the break when Iberhe got his second of the game.

Both sides fielded different line-ups for the second half and it was a penalty awarded against goalkeeper Liam Gooch just before the hour mark that opened the floodgates. Former City winger Tom Knowles stepped up to send Gooch the wrong way.

The City keeper couldn’t do anything to stop the next goal as Gary Deegan fired home a fantastic long distance effort for the visitors fourth.

Two minutes later, and Emmanuel Osadebe made it five as he got the better of substitute goalkeeper Kieran Petty.

Five then became six as Tom Knowles got another and there was still time for Ade Azeez to pop up with two goals in injury time as United completed a thoroughly professional performance.

Despite the result, City got valuable game time and will now focus on their next pre-season friendly at Newmarket Town on Friday night.

City first half starting line-up:

1. Liam Gooch
2. Ben Robinson
3. Jack Wilksinson
4. Isaac Maynard
5. Jordan Gent
6. Alex Stephenson
7. Nathan Olukanmi
8. Ryan Towner
9. Jack Vasey
10. Ryan Sharman
11. Lewis Whitehead

Harry Farrow
Kieran Petty

Second Half:

1. Liam Gooch
2. Aaron Hart
3. Harry England
4. Ross Paterson
5. Jordan Gent
6. Alex Stephenson
7. Andre Olukanmi
8. Harvey Bullin
9. James Hall
10. Chris Miller
11. Archie Edwards

Salim Relizani
Kieran Petty


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