Coventry United FC v Bolehill Swifts FC
Midland Football League Cup 2ndRound
Date: Monday 22ndOctober 2018
Venue: Butts Park Arena
Well hello one and all. The games are coming thick and fast this week and after Saturday’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Boldmere St Michael, tonight United turn their attentions to the MFL league cup where they welcome Bolehill Swifts from division 2.
The Swifts are currently struggling at the foot of their league table but the cup will no doubt give them a welcome distraction.
United manager Terry Anderson is sure to use this game to rest a few players carrying knocks so will probably give some of the fringe players a start and chance to show him what they can do.
The referee gets the game under way and it’s the Swifts who create the first meaningful chance in the 3rdminute when the No9 Luke Tyler raced clear of the United defence before seeing his effort roll just past the post.
United respond in the 7thminute when they press forward with Ronee Hendricks who lays the ball to debutant Luke Jones with his shot bringing out a great save from the Swifts keeper Ryan Lewis.
With the Swifts early promise looking sharp, they draw the first blood when the No9 Luke Tyler pounced on a loose ball and powered into the area before coolly placing a low drive into the back of the net for the opening goal in the 15thminute.
UNITED 0 SWIFTS 1
Well that was not supposed to happen but they were threatening to do just that in the early stages. United now need to not panic and continue to keep the ball and play it positively. United are looking good and are causing the Swifts plenty of problems as the game wears on. Their dominance finally pays off in the 22ndminute when they break with pace down the right with Ronee Hendricks showing great pace before squaring the ball back across the area for Warren Dakouri to stab the ball home from close range for the equaliser.
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Now that’s more like it. United are now in complete control and look like scoring every time they move forward. They go ahead in the 30thminute when a great penetrating run by Benjamin Brako-Hiapah takes him to the by line before laying it back to the lurking Luke Jones to fire the ball in from close range.
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That was a great passage of play from the United youngsters and waste no time in going looking for more. They don’t have to wait too long either when Benjamin Brako- Hiapah went on another mazy run before squaring back another great cross for Luke Jones to head in his second of the night and United’s third in the 34thminute.
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United are now looking good for their lead and are not planning on sitting on it. United continue to remain on top during the closing stages of the first half before the referee blows up for half time.
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The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. United carry on where they finished off and power forward from the start with Luke Jones and Benjamin Brako-Hiapah linking up well before setting up Warren Dakouri to smash in a low drive from close range in the 46thminute.
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That should see United home now in my opinion as I can’t see the Swifts coming back from that. The Swifts decide to make a change when they take off the injured No7 Stefan Hollingsworth and sending on the No14 Louie O’Connor in the 49thminute.
United win a free kick in a good position 25yrds out that’s taken by Luke Jones. His low ball into the area picks out Liam Kennedy who turns and slots the ball into the back of the net for a fifth United goal in the 50thminute.
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United are picking off the swifts at will now and look like scoring with each attack. Both teams decide to make changes when the Swifts take off the No8 Younis Maxmed and send on the No12 Ashley Presscott and United take off Benjamin Brako-Hiapah and send on Emmanuel Kofi-Kundaat in the 55thminute.
Emmanuel Kofi-Kundaat makes an immediate impact when he picks the ball up wide on the right before cutting in, skipping past a marker before sending a powerful low drive into the corner of the net for a great goal in the 57thminute.
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That was a great introduction into the game for Kofi-Kundaat. The Swifts decide to make another change when they take off the No9 Luke Tyler and send on the No15 Ryan Sappleton Williams in the 60thminute.
Soon after the swifts force a rare attack of their own when they break in the 61stminute and the No12 Ashley Presscott races clear but his shot is tamely hit at the United keeper Brendan Bunn.
That spell of Swifts pressure doesn’t last for long as United power forward again in the 67thminute. A great one two between Kofi-Kundaat and Dakouri sees Kofi-Kundaat score his second of the night with another cool finish.
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This is a great performance from a largely young United side. The 73rdminute sees United having to make another change when Chris Cox has to go off injured. With no outfield players left on the bench, the United keeper Brendan Bunn changes into a red top and plays the rest of the game in the outfield and the sub keeper Bradley Caswell comes on and goes in goal.
With the game now well into the last 10 minutes, United break forward again in the 86thminute when Ronee Hendricks latches onto a long ball before running into the area and slotting the ball into the back of the net with a neat finish.
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Surely that must be it now for United. The game is now almost over and it’s the swifts who have the last chance of the game when they have a free kick in the 88thminute. It’s taken by the No14 Louie O’Connor and his fine effort clips the top of the cross bar and shortly after the referee blows up for full time and United progress through to the next round.
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In summing up this game I would have to say that United tonight were AWESOME. United tonight started the game with a relatively young side with many of the first choice players having a rest from this one. The youngsters stepped up and definitely took their chances.
After going down to an early Swifts goal, they soon got themselves level and then proceeded to gain complete control of the game and looked like scoring every time they ventured forward.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be the No7 Stefan Hollingsworth for the swifts. He looked lively in the early stages and was comfortable on the ball until he had to go off injured.
For United the whole team played really well. The youngsters especially excelled and must have gave manager Terry Anderson some reasons for thought for the coming months ahead. Ronee Hendricks worked hard all night and was in the end rewarded with his goal, Warren Dakouri competed well and helped himself to two goals and an assist, Benjamin Brako-Hiapah also had a great game with his penetrating runs earning him three assists before he went off. His replacement Emmanuel Kofi-Kundaat came on and put in an impressive performance and grabbed himself a wonderful brace but for me tonight my man of the match goes to debutant Luke Jones. Luke had a fantastic debut and looked lively from the start. He got stronger as the game wore on and took his two goals well before assisting another so very well played Luke Jones.
Match stats United Swifts
On target (14) (4)
Off target (4) (5)
Corners (2) (4)
Free kicks (9) (16)
Yellow cards (0) (0)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (7) (0)