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Football: McSheffrey gets City off the mark; FOOTBALL: In-demand striker on target as City complete victory over US college side.

BYU Cougars 0

Coventry City 3

WANTED man Gary McSheffrey got the Sky Blues off the mark as they coasted to their first victory of the pre-season programme.

Seemingly back in form, the 23-year-old striker came up with a neat finish to break the deadlock in the 58th minute when he converted a pass from Stephen Hughes, the goal sparking Micky Adams's men to a comfortable win in heavy rain in Salt Lake City.

McSheffrey, once again deployed down the left flank, dribbled forward and fired the ball inside the far post before Kevin Thornton and Andy Morrell added to the scoreline in the final three minutes of the game to complete an impressive second-half display.

City showed plenty of attacking endeavour in the first 45 but drew a blank time and time again as they managed seven shots at goal and enjoyed four corners with nothing to show for them.

"Our play and the attacking for the first half was a little bit sloppy," admitted Adams, "But the second half we picked up the pace of the game a little bit better."

New recruits Elliott Ward and Wayne Andrews made their debuts against the Cougars, a university owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with Ward partnering Mikkel Bischoff at centre-half, flanked by Andy Whing and Marcus Hall.

And although neither new signings made a major impact, Adams was happy enough with their contribution and was determined to keep things in perspective, saying: "That was their first bit of action and in Ward's case, he's only been training seven days. We know we're very early into our pre-season program, but we're about where we want them to be at the moment."

Elsewhere, Colin Cameron was deployed out wide on the right while Don Hutchison led the line with Andrews at the start of the game, but Adams changed his entire outfield shortly after the hour to give everyone a run out, with the goalkeeper the only man to complete the 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, the hosts, who clearly financed part of the visit, felt it was money well spent to gain experience against quality opposition.

"Hopefully we can do something similar every year," BYU coach Chris Watkins whose side currently top the semi-professional Premier Development League.

"It's tough. Our administration has to get behind us financially to pull that off."

City (starting line-up): Marshall' Whing, Bischoff, Ward, Hall' Cameron, Doyle, Hughes, McSheffrey' Hutchison, Andrews.

From 65 mins: Marshall' McNamee, Turner, Heath, Giddings' Tabb, Osbourne, Thornton, Jorgensen' Adebola, Morrell.

CAPTION(S):

RED MENACE ... Coventry's Wayne Andrews moves the ball down field past BYU defenders Morgan Gilliam, left, and Justin Norton, right.' KEEPING TABBS on JAY ... BYU's Steve Magleby, left, battles for the ball with Coventry's Jay Tabb
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 12, 2006
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