JOHNSTONE'S PAINT TROPHY

Ricoh Arena, England

Referee: R Madley | Attendance: 12655

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Coventry City

  • Steven Jennings 41'
  • Carl Baker 90' +3'
  • Leon Clarke 90' +4'

3 - 2

FT

Preston North End

  • Luke Foster 67'
  • Stuart Beavon 80'

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Coventry scored two injury-time goals to progress to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Section final with a 3-2 win over Preston.

Steven Jennings put City in front four minutes before half-time, poking home from close range after William Edjenguele had headed Carl Baker's free-kick across goal.

Preston equalised from a corner in the 67th minute as Luke Foster rose highest to meet John Welsh's deliver and his header hit defender Blair Adams on the way in.

The visitors thought they had won it 10 minutes from time. Stuart Beavon was allowed to cut in and shoot on his left foot and his 18-yard strike deflected off Richard Wood, wrong-footing Joe Murphy, and into the net.

But Baker levelled two minutes into time added with a low strike at the back post after good work from Franck Moussa.

Leon Clarke then completed the unlikely turn around, walking the ball in for his first City goal after Steve Simonsen parried Baker's initial 20-yard shot.

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Scoring Summary

  • Coventry City
  • Preston North End
Steven Jennings (41')
Carl Baker (90 + 3')
Leon Clarke (90 + 4')

Match Stats

  • Coventry City
  • Preston North End
10(3) Shots (on goal) 13(8)
7 Fouls 13
0 Corner kicks 7
1 Offsides 4
50% Time of Possession 50%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 6

Teams

  • Coventry City
  • Preston North End
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Leon Clarke (90 + 6')
Joe Garner (23')