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Match Report | Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Coventry City

22 July 2023

Match Reports

Match Report | Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Coventry City

22 July 2023

Ryan Bowman’s first half goal earns Salop a one-all draw against Coventry City in Matt Taylor’s first game at the Croud Meadow.

Shrewsbury's number nine opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he turned home after Tom Bayliss' shot was parried by Coventry goalkeeper Brad Collins.

The visitors equalised on the half-hour mark when Kasey Palmer's long-range effort took a heavy deflection and flew past Marko Marosi.

Coventry were then awarded a penalty but Shrewsbury's Slovakian shot-stopper stepped up and made the save to keep the scores level.

Boss Taylor went with a 3-5-2 formation for his first game in front of supporters – with new recruits Morgan Feeney and Nohan Kenneh both starting at the Croud Meadow. 

Trialist Taylor Perry was also given a chance to impress in central midfield with Carl Winchester moved to right wing-back and Jordan Shipley on the left. Dan Udoh and Ryan Bowman were the front two.  

Town started the game brightly and went on to open the scoring in the ninth minute when Bayliss entered the box before hitting a shot that was parried by Collins.  

But Bowman was perfectly placed to tap in from close range – with the goal making it two from two for the striker in pre-season.   

That goal proved to be a wakeup call for Coventry who sprang into action. 

Ben Sheaf found himself free on the edge of Town’s penalty area but his drilled effort was well beaten away by Marosi.  

The Sky Blues did grab an equaliser when Gustavo Hamer played a short corner which found Palmer. His shot then took a big deflection before sailing past Marosi and in. 

Shortly after, goal scorer Bowman gave away a penalty with a late lunge that brought down Jake Bidwell. 

Matt Godden stepped up to take it for City but his penalty was brilliantly saved by Marosi – with the keeper guessing the right way and getting two strong hands on the ball to parry it away.

A quiet start to the second half first saw Carl Winchester have a go from the edge of the box, but his thunderous half-volley went just inches over the bar. 

Another attack for Salop saw some free-flowing football played before the ball was played out wide to Winchester who cut it back to Taylor Perry but his effort was fired over the bar. 

A fast-paced counter attack led by Udoh saw him drive deep into Coventry’s half before playing the ball through to Winchester. The now central midfielder went around Collins but the visiting 'keeper recovered to parry the effort out for a corner. 

Elliott Bennett replaced Taylor Perry with around 10 minutes to play before George Nurse was forced off through injury for debutant Jason Sraha.

Aiden O’Brien also replaced Dan Udoh as Town's first game in front of fans this season came to an end.


Salop: Marko Marosi; Morgan Feeney, Tom Flanagan, George Nurse (Jason Sraha); Carl Winchester (Elliot Thorpe, Tom Bayliss, Nohan Kenneh, Taylor Perry (Elliott Bennett), Jordan Shipley; Ryan Bowman, Daniel Udoh 

Unused subs: Harry Burgoyne, Tunmise Sobowale, Travis Hernes 

Subs: Ben Wilson, Bobby Thomas, Liam Kelly, Jack Burroughs, Ryan Howley, Dermi Lusala, Bradley Stretton, Evan Eghosa, Justin Obikwu, Tristen Batanwi, Kai Andrews, Callum Perry, Elliot Betjemann  

Attendance: 3,354

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