Dunkirk (A) 18/19


Dunkirk FC v Coventry United FC

Midland Football League Premier Division


Date:                       Saturday 17thNovember 2018

KO:                          3.00pm

Venue:                    Ron Steel Sports Ground



Well hello one and all. After that very entertaining 2-1 midweek victory over AFC Wulfrunians on Tuesday night, United today are back on their travels to take on Dunkirk FC.

Dunkirk are a team we have not played before and are currently sitting in 18thposition but as we all know too well, every team in this league on their day can beat anyone so United will once again have to be on their very best if they are to get anything out of this game.

The referee gets the game under way and what a start it is for Dunkirk. They look to press forward from the off and work their way down the left with the No4 Richard Whyman. He turns inside before sending what looked like a cross into the box that United’s keeper Brendan Bunn watched as he thought it was going out of touch but to his horror the ball clipped the post and the ball nestled in the back of the net for a fortuitous Dunkirk opener in only the 2ndminute.


That was a cruel blow for United but they have plenty of time to get back into this game. Dunkirk though have other ideas as they press forward soon after with the No11 Cameron Jones sending a low and hard cross towards the near post and the No10 Daryll Thomas thankfully stabs the ball just wide of the target in the 6thminute.

United’s first attempt at goal comes in the 8thminute when Jake Holt is given the ball in space before seeing his tamely hit shot go straight to the Dunkirk keeper Richard Stainsby for an easy gather. United are seeing plenty of the ball but are finding it hard to break down a stubborn Dunkirk defence. Their next good chance comes in the 18thminute when United move the ball forward quickly. Shaquille McDonald and Curvin Ellis combine well before Ellis is teed up for an acrobatic overhead kick that brings out a great save from the keeper Richard Stainsby. That effort looked to be going in and would have been deserved for United’s increased pressure.

United continue to pile on the pressure but to no avail as Dunkirk are able to fend off whatever United have to throw at them at the minute. More good approach play by United sees Jake Holt played in again and his firm drive is well gathered by the keeper Richard Stainsby in the 27thminute.

The first half is coming to an end and for all United’s possession, they are yet to glean anything for it. Their final chance of the half falls in the 37thminute when United win a free kick in a great position just outside the area. Shaquille McDonald stands over the ball to take it and duly sends his shot goal wards but the keeper Richard Stainsby is there to gather the ball comfortably. Soon after the referee blows up for half time.

Half Time


Second Half

The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. Dunkirk start the half positively and create a great chance in the 48thminute when they break forward and a pin point pass finds the No9 Romello Nangle who sends the ball over the bar from 15yrds out when he looked destined to burst the back of the net.

United respond with an attack of their own that sees Shaquille McDonald turn tightly before seeing his shot go wide of the target in the 54thminute. Soon after United make a change when they take off Jake Holt and send on Arum Soleman in the 55thminute. Then in the 56thminute United’s Kyle Barnett gets himself booked for a tackle and the resulting free kick being easily dealt with.

Another booking soon follows but this time it’s for the Dunkirk No2 Joel Howes for his foul on United’s Kyle Carey in the 61stminute.

Getting back to the football and Dunkirk break with pace in the 63rdminute when the No8 Tom Carroll finds himself in space before sending his firm shot over the bar. Soon after though the same player earns himself a yellow in the 64thminute for a mistimed challenge.

United break down the right in the 67thminute with Arum Soleman. He gets to the by line and as he attempts to get a cross in the No4 Richard Whyman is adjudged to have hand balled it and the referee points straight to the spot for a United penalty. Arum Soleman steps up to take it and duly coolly steers the ball into the back of the net for the equaliser in the 68thminute.


At last United are back on level terms. No sooner as the game as restarted United go looking for another and they don’t have to wait long either. They break forward again in the 71stminute with the ball being played out to Kyle Carey wide on the left. Carey cuts into the area before coolly steers his powerful low angled drive past the keeper Stainsby and into the net for a great solo goal to give United the lead.


That was a great effort from Kyle Carey but can United now hang on and see the game out? The next few minutes sees Dunkirk make a few changes when they take off the No8 Tom Carroll and the No11 Cameron Jones and send on the No14 Lorcan Hickey and the No16 George Harrison in the 72ndminute. Soon after in the 77thminute they make their final change when they take off the No3 Nat Appiah and send on the No17 George Bosworth.

With the game now approaching the last 10 minutes, United make a change of their own in the 79thminute when they take off Shaquille McDonald and send on Joseph Cairns. United continue to press and go looking to make the game safe when Joseph Cairns is put clean through in the 82ndminute with only the keeper to beat. Looking certain to score, he somehow sends his shot just wide of the target much to the disappointment of Cairns himself. That was a great chance to increase United’s lead as the clock ticks away.

Another booking is awarded though this time to the Dunkirk No4 Richard Whyman for hauling down Arum Soleman in the 87thminute.

The game is now into added time and from a free kick Dunkirk win a corner that’s taken by the No17 George Bosworth in the 90+1 minute. His cross picks out the No5 Lewis Wilcox who steers a free header into the back of the net for a late late equaliser that is a sickner for United.


How cruel can football be as soon after the restart the referee blows up for full time and the points are shared.

Full Time


In summing up this game I would have to say that WHEN YOU’RE ON TOP, YOU NEED TO MAKE IT COUNT!!!!!!! United today saw plenty of the ball after going down to an early freak goal. They pressed forward well but just could not find a way through a very stern and stubborn Dunkirk defence.

The second half saw Dunkirk go looking to increase their lead with some attacking intent of their own without creating many clear cut chances. United though still had the lion’s share of proceedings but with the same outcome of not being able to break Dunkirk down.

The breakthrough finally came by the way of a penalty and soon after United went ahead for the first time with 20 minutes to go. Sadly for United though the lead was lost in added time from a corner that resulted in the points being shared.

Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Dunkirk No4 Richard Whyman. He was a constant thorn in United’s side all afternoon. He was tough in the tackle and could play a mean ball too, though his fortunes were mixed between scoring his team’s first goal and also conceding a penalty too.

For United today I cannot fault the effort from the team and Jamal Clarke and Kyle Barnett have continued to enhance their defensive partnership with another good performance today. Jake Holt had a good first half and looked to get the ball moving forward at every opportunity and Luke Downes also had a good solid game in a competitive midfield battle. My man of the match award today though goes to Kyle Carey, Kyle returned to the team today and played really well and showed plenty of skills with his powerful direct running that also rewarded him with a well taken goal too so well played Kyle Carey.

Match stats                    United           Dunkirk

On target                          (7)                    (2)

Off target                         (6)                     (3)

Corners                             (3)                     (4)

Free kicks                         (13)                   (8)

Yellow cards                    (1)                     (3)

Red cards                         (0)                     (0)

Offside                              (0)                     (0)