Long Eaton (A) 18/19
Long Eaton United FC v Coventry United FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 9th February 2019
Venue: Grange Park
Well hello one and all. After a couple of weeks off with the weather and what not, United today get back into league action with an away trip to Grange Park to play the leagues inform side Long Eaton United.
The Eaton boys have picked up remarkably of late and have claimed some noticeable scalps along the way so this is sure to be another tough workout for United today.
The referee gets the game under way and United force an early corner that's easily dealt with in the 2nd minute before Long Eaton's No6 Mason Rowley heads just wide of the target from a corner of their own in the 9th minute.
United's first decent chance comes in the 11th minute after some great link up play between Sam Lockley and Kai Williams before Joe Cairns is put through but his shot falls kindly into the arms of the keeper Elliot Taylor for an easy gather. United have started the game brightly and are knocking the ball around lovely. Despite the recent bad weather the pitch has held up well and United are certainly enjoying spaying the ball around.
More United pressure sees them break with pace in the 23rd minute when a Harrison Sawyer through ball sets Kai Williams off into the area but his shot goes straight to the keeper Elliot Taylor. That was a great chance to put United ahead with that chance.
United continue to take the game to Long Eaton and in the 33rd minute they thought they had won themselves a penalty when Kai Williams looked to have been bundled over inside the area but the referee saw things differently and waved play on.
The first half is drawing to an end and United are finishing it strongly. They press with purpose in the 40th minute with Gift Mussa's cross picking out Sam Lockley who sent his header just wide of the target. Then with the time at 45+1 minute, United this time are awarded a penalty when Kai Williams is bought down again inside the area but this time the referee pointed to the spot. Kyle Barnett steps up to take it and sends the keeper Elliot Taylor the wrong way to put United ahead on the stroke of half time.
LONG EATON 0 UNITED 1
The game resumes but soon after the referee blows up for half time.
LONG EATON 0 UNITED 1
The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. United continue where they left off and are looking to press Long Eaton at every opportunity. The first booking of the game comes in the 58th minute when the Long Eaton No7 Ben Fairclough is showed a yellow card for a foul on United's Joe Cairns.
Soon after Long Eaton make a change when they take off the No7 Ben Fairclough and send on the No16 Jack Duffy in the 62nd minute.
United have dominated the second half so far without creating any clear cut chances. That changes in the 68th minute when they break with pace when Kai Williams is put through on goal again. He races into the area with the keeper racing out to meet him but sadly Kai Williams sends his shot high and wide of the target. That was another great chance to increase United's slender lead.
Straight away in the same minute, United make a change when they take off Sam Lockley and send on Luke Jones.
United are in almost full control of this game though Long Eaton are standing strong in denying United the chances to seal the points. They are a good outfit that are more than capable of getting something from this game if united are not careful.
United carve out another good chance in the 73rd minute when they break forward with Joe Cairns who powers into the area before bringing out a great save from the Long Eaton keeper Elliot Taylor to keep his team in with a shout.
Soon after it's Long Eaton who mount a rare attack on the United goal. They press forward in the 78th minute when the No10 Ruben Wiggins Thomas is picked out inside the area before he shoots and brings out a great point blank save from the keeper Brendan Bunn. That was a great chance and Brendan did really well to keep his team in the lead.
Soon after United make another change when they take off the very impressive Joe Cairns and send on Antonio Alcaraz-Zamora in the 79th minute. Then Long Eaton make a change of their own in the 83rd minute when they take off the No9 Niall Towle and send on the No17 Josh Lawe.
The game is now approaching the last 5 minutes and are united going to be able to hang on!!!!!! Well the answer to that is sadly no. The 85th minute sees Long Eaton work the ball down the right before sending in a hopeful cross into the area where the No16 Jack Duffy is there to steer the ball past Brendan Bunn's inside post for a heart breaking equaliser for long Eaton.
LONG EATON 1 UNITED 1
What a cruel blow for United that is. In the aftermath of the goal being scored, United's Kyle Barnett is booked for what must have been dissent. More bookings follow when United's Harrison Sawyer is booked for a challenge in the 88th minute and then the long Eaton No3 Charlie Scanlon is booked for dissent following the incident. With the game now into added time, there was just enough time for United's Gift Mussa to be given a yellow card for kicking the ball away as Long Eaton were preparing to take a free kick in the 90+1 minute. Soon after the referee blew up for full time and the points are shared.
LONG EATON 1 UNITED 1
In summing up this game I would have to say MISSED CHANCES COST UNITED AGAIN. United completely bossed this game throughout and were well worth the three points but as we all know, the game is not over until the final whistle is blown and missed good chances have come back to haunt them and not for the first time this season.
United started well and grew stronger as the game went on playing some good passing football that brought them some good chances to score. United looked solid and compact and restricted the Eaton boys to very little in the way of clear cut chances. On the stroke of half time they got there just rewards with a penalty that was coolly converted by Kyle Barnett.
The second half brought much of the same with United continuing to make most of the running. United created a couple of good second half chances to seal the points but sadly didn't take them and they paid the price when conceding an equaliser with 5 minutes remaining.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Long Eaton keeper Elliot Taylor who kept his team in the game with a couple of great saves.
For United this was another great all round team performance that fully deserved all 3pts. Jamal Clarke and Kyle Barnett looked solid once again in the centre of defence. Eli Bako looked sharp especially in the first half and I think we have a lot more to see from him. Gift Mussa also put in another one of his trademark shifts too but for me today, my man of the match goes to Joe Cairns. Joe today was fantastic, he played a little deeper today and worked his socks off throughout. He was strong in the tackle, tracked and chased and showed great maturity with his ability to pass the ball so very well played Joe Cairns.
Match stats United Long Eaton
On target (5) (3)
Off target (3) (2)
Corners (5) (1)
Free kicks (19) (19)
Yellow cards (3) (2)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (6) (2)