Coventry United FC v Quorn FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Game No 158
Date: 2nd September 2017
KO : 3.00pm
Venue: Butts Park Arena
Attendance : 264
Well hello one and all. What a fantastic week it’s been in the life of a Coventry United Fan. After two wonderful performances against top quality opposition, United came away with all 6pts that were up for grabs. United have certainly set themselves a very high benchmark and it remains to be seen if they can carry on in this rich vein of form. Today we welcome Quorn Fc to the Butts Park Arena for this MFLP fixture that I’m sure United’s manager Terry Anderson will not be taking lightly or for granted.
Terry Anderson will I think have a full squad to choose from and to be fair, I would of thought it hard to change a side that’s playing so well at the minute unless forced to.
Quorn on the other hand have had a difficult start by the looks of it after playing 5 games, drawing one and losing the other four. That said, United know too well that there are no easy games in this league and this one is sure to be just as difficult as the others so far.
The referee gets the game under way and it’s a lively start from both teams. United tough create the first chance though when Joshua O’Grady plays in Lewis Rankin, but his shot goes tamely to the QFC keeper Ryan Thacker in the 3rd minute.Then in the 4th minute QFC respond themselves with a quick foray up field where the QFC No9 Dominic Brennan thankfully only managed to hit the side netting with his effort.
The early chances are coming thick and fast and United earn themselves a corner that’s taken by Lewis Rankin. The cross is knocked out and Joshua O’Grady is there to send in a fierce drive that is well blocked by the QFC defence in the 5th minute. The 10th minute sees QFC carve out another chance when an inviting ball is played into the area and the QFC No9 Dominic Brennan is there to stoop low and send his header wide of the target.
Both teams are just cancelling each other out and QFC are definitely making it hard for United to break them down. United’s next chance comes in the 20th minute when good pressure from United and Mitchell Piggon races clear and shoots before its blocked and goes out for a corner.
QFC are forced into an early change when the No 11 Cosmas Matwasa goes off with a knock and they send on the No12 Matthew Dawson in the 27th minute.
The game resumes and United are soon back on the attack. Mitchell Piggon receives the ball wide on the right and battles through a couple of tough challenges and the referee waves play on. Mitch then skips past another defender before steering his shot past the QFC keeper Ryan Thacker for the opening goal of the game in the 28th minute.
UNITED 1 QUORN 0
The game resumes and the Red and Green army are relieved their team have finally got their noses in front. It’s been a tough game so far and United have not had it all their own way that’s for sure.
QFC try to get back on level terms shortly after when they venture forward in the 31st minute. The QFC No12 Matthew Dawson is played in but fortunately blaze’s his shot high over the target. United continue to press forward looking for more goals and a great chance falls to them in the 36th minute when Mitchell Piggon races into the area from the left. The QFC keeper Ryan Thacker rushes out to meet him and blocks his shot out for a corner that’s easily dealt with. The coming together sees Mitchell pick up a knock and after some treatment he lasts only a couple of minutes before he has to be replaced with Aaron Opoku in the 38th minute.
The half is coming to an end and there is just enough time for United to create another couple of chances in quick succession. Joshua O’Grady does well to skip past his marker and runs into the area before seeing his fierce drive superbly saved by the QFC keeper Ryan Thacker that goes out for a corner. The resulting corner sees good work by Craig Reid as he sets up Gift Mussa who coolly smashed the ball into the back of the net through a crowded area only for it to be chalked off for an off side by Craig Reid. Soon after the referee blows up for half time.
UNITED 1 QUORN 0
The second half gets under way with no further changes. United come out on the front foot and a great chance soon comes in the 53rd minute when from a long punt up field, the ball falls to Craig Reid and he is clear from the defence and bearing down on the keeper. He tries to chip the keeper but Ryan Thacker stands tall and manages to grab the ball at a stretch to thwart Craig Reid who to be fair should have probably scored from there.
The next meaningful passage of play brings a couple of bookings, one for each team. The first goes to United’s Jamie Coleman who got his yellow for a mistimed tackle in the 61st minute and QFC’s No9 Dominic Brennan got his for a foul on Gift Mussa in the 62nd minute.
United manager Terry Anderson decide to make another change in the 65th minute when they take off Joshua O’Grady and send on Aron Wint. It’s not too long though until Aron Wint also goes into the book when he gets caught on the ball and clips his opponent as he went past him in the 67th minute.
United are starting to get the upper hand in this game now and are seeing much more of the ball. Another chance comes along in the 72nd minute from a Lewis Rankin corner. United’s captain Chris Cox rises high and flicks the ball on for Jeff Woodward who in turn heads just over the bar.
Quorn decide to change things too in the 73rd minute when they take off No19 Suleiman Nassor and send on the No16 Ryan Evans.
United soon get back into their stride and are forcing QFC back more frequently now. The QFC keeper Ryan Thacker is called into action again in the 77th minute when he firstly pulls off a great save from an Aron Wint pile driver and then picks himself straight back up to pull off another superb save to deny Craig Reid with the rebound.
The game now moves into the last 10 minutes and United are still trying to seal the points. They win a corner in the 80th minute by Lewis Rankin. His cross finds Chris Cox and his header smashes off the cross bar and Aaron Opoku is there to snap up the rebound as he stabs the ball home from close range to double their lead.
UNITED 2 QFC 0
Well that should see United home now if they keep things tight at the back. The QFC resolve is surely broken now and both teams make final changes when United take off Lewis Rankin and send on Tommy Glasscoe and QFC take off the No2 Rob Mulonga and send on No15 Tawanda Mangondoza in the 82nd minute.
The game enters the final few minutes and what a lively finish it is. In the 88th minute United’s Jamie Coleman is sent off with a straight red after catching the QFC No9 Dominic Brennan which seemed a bit harsh but Liam Cook’s footage will hopefully shed some light on the incident. Then in the final moment of the game United’s Lewis Hudson gets himself a yellow card for pulling an opponent’s shirt in the 90th minute. That was about it as soon after the referee blew his whistle for full time and another 3pts go into the United bag.
UNITED 2 QFC 0
In summing up this game this was all about being patient. QFC came here to make it difficult for United and they certainly did that with a dogged determination to get in our faces. They held out well for most of the first half and went in at half time only one goal down.
The second half saw United start to impose themselves more and created more good chances that saw the visiting keeper Ryan Thacker performing majestically to keep his team in the hunt. As the game wore on United started to press forward more and finally got their just reward late in the half to seal the points and extend their league unbeaten run to five games.
Players worthy of a mention would have to once again be the QFC keeper Ryan Thacker who made a handful of great saves to keep his team in the game.
For United there were a few good performances, Kyle Barnett has settled into the team really well and just goes on quietly doing his defensive duties with consummate ease, Jeff Woodward also had a good game and was always looking to venture forward to support the attack when allowed. Mitchell Piggon worked hard up front as he does before having to limp off injured. Captain Chris Cox once again put another high energy shift in alongside today’s man of the match Gift Mussa. Gift has settled in next to Chris Cox really well and he just never give up a fight for a ball. He too has bags of energy and breaks up many passages of opponents play and always on hand to help out his defence so very well played Gift Mussa.
Well that’s another good 3pts earned and it’s not long before the next instalment is upon us. Tuesday Night sees United host Rocester in another league fixture that I’m sure will be again a tough match. See you all soon. PUCU
Match stats (United) (Quorn)
On target (11) (2)
Off target (5) (3)
Corners (9) (3)
Free kicks (11) (15)
Yellow cards (2) (1)
Red cards (1) (0)
Offside (5) (2)