AFC Wulfrunians (A) 18/19
AFC Wulfrunians FC v Coventry United FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Tuesday 13thNovember 2018
Venue: CKW Stadium
Well hello one and all. After the disappointment of losing to Sporting Khalsa on Saturday, United tonight have the chance to put things right when they make the long trip to Wolverhampton to take on AFC Wulfrunians FC in a league encounter.
The Wulf’s have had a decent start to their campaign so far sitting in 8thplace on 24pts. This is always a tough place for United to go to and will no doubt prove to be another hard game to get anything out of.
United’s manager Terry Anderson will I’m sure be hoping for a response after the weekend defeat and will be looking to get back to winning ways and climbing back up the table.
The referee gets the game under way and United nearly scored inside 12 seconds when they raced up field from the kick off and United’s Shaquille McDonald saw his goal bound header tipped over the bar and out for a corner by the Wulfs keeper Mason Springthorpe. The resulting corner taken by Arum Soleman sees a Jake Holt shot cleared off the line in only the 2ndminute.
What a great start for United, they look to be in the mood for some football tonight. The Wulfs first attempt at goal comes in the 11thminute when they press forward and the No4 Craig Gregg sees his shot go wide of the target. They follow that up with a free kick in the 15thminute and the No9 Kyle Brady sends his shot just over the bar.
The Wulfs put some pressure on United and the busy No9 Kyle Brady gets picked out with a good cross before seeing his half volley fizz just past the post in the 30thminute.
That pressure was short lived as United were soon back on the attack and broke with pace when Shaquille McDonald and Joseph Cairns linked up well before Cairns laid the ball square to McDonald as he slid in to guide the ball into the net for a neat opening goal in the 33rdminute.
WULFS 0 UNITED 1
That was a very well executed goal giving United a deserved lead in this game. United continue to force the issue and from a Jake Holt free kick (that saw the Wulf’s No8 Simon Williams get booked in the 37thminute), Joseph Cairns sees his shot well saved by the Wulfs keeper Mason Springthorpe.
With the half coming to an end, the Wulfs force two set pieces that sees both their efforts fall wide of the target in the 43rdand 45+1 minutes and shortly after the referee blows up for half time.
WULFS 0 UNITED 1
The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. United look good for their slender lead but it’s the Wulfs that threaten first when they win a free kick in a great position in the 55thminute. The No9 Kyle Brady stepped up to take it and proceeded to send his great effort crashing off the crossbar. Shortly after the Wulfs make their first change of the night when they take off the No7 Charles Wilson and send on the No12 Jake Webb in the 58thminute.
United’s Kyle Barnett gets himself a yellow card for his tackle and the resulting free kick comes to nothing in the 63rdminute.
Both teams waste opportunities before a glut of changes take place. United take off Arum Soleman and send on Curvin Ellis in the 72ndminute and then the Wulfs take off the No6 Angelo Franco and the No10 Chris Sterling and send on the No14 Conor Hughes and the No15 Rory Harris in the 74thminute.
United make another change in the 77thminute when they take off Joseph Cairns and send on Luke Jones before the Wulfs No3 got himself booked for persistent fouling in the 79thminute.
With the game now into the last 10 minutes, United had the chance to seal the points when in the 81stminute Curvin Ellis raced into the area before being brought down and the referee pointing straight to the spot for a penalty to United. Jake Holt stepped up to take it and the Wulf’s keeper Mason Springthorpe guessed right and made a great save to thwart Holt.
United continued to press for the important second goal and they didn’t have to wait long for the breakthrough. United sprung the Wulfs defence and Curvin Ellis raced into the area before unleashing a powerful low angled drive that gave the keeper no chance as the ball nestled in the back of the net for a fine solo goal in the 83rdminute.
WULFS 0 UNITED 2
That should see United home and dry now with only a few minutes to play. IF ONLY!!!!!!!!!! The Wulfs win a free kick on the edge of the area that’s taken by the No9 Kyle Brady. He shoots and scores a cracker of a goal to give his team a slight chance of maybe rescuing something from the game in the 86thminute.
WULFS 1 UNITED 2
Now it’s squeaky bum time as the clock runs down. The Wulfs win a corner in the 88thminute that’s taken by the No12 Jake Webb. His cross picks out the No9 Kyle Brady and his shot hits the bar again to the delight of the travelling Red and Green army. Then in the final 90thminute the Wulf’s No9 Kyle Brady brings out another great save from United’s keeper Brendan Bunn. Soon after the referee blew up for full time and United have hung on for the 3pts.
In summing up this game I would have to say it was VERY ENTERTAINING. United started really well and could have been 3 up inside 15 minutes. They pressed and passed the ball around confidently and were fully deserving of their one goal lead going into the break.
The second Half saw the Wulfs show more of an attacking intent as they looked to get back in the game but it was United that had the best chances and missed a penalty before shortly after increasing their lead towards the end. There was still enough time for the wulfs to haul themselves back into the game and despite a late goal and a couple of great spurned chances at the death, United managed to hold on and claim the 3pts.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Wulf’s No9 Kyle Brady. He was a constant thorn in United’s side and scored a great goal and could have easily had another three goals on another night.
For United this was another good all round team performance that was hard to pick out any outstanding performers as they all worked hard for each other. If I Have to pick out a man of the match then I would have to give it to the returning Gift Mussa. In a tough high tempo game he was always in the thick of it in a very competitive midfield battle and was strong in defence at the end as the Wulf’s threatened to steal a point so well played Gift Mussa.
Match Stats United Wulfs
On target (9) (5)
Off target (2) (8)
Corners (8) (8)
Free kicks (15) (23)
Yellow cards (1) (2)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (8) (3)