Loughborough (H) 18/19
Coventry United FC v Loughborough Uni FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Tuesday 23rdApril 2019
Venue: Communications Park
Hello one and all. After Saturdays hard earned 3-1 victory over Stourport Swifts, United tonight welcome Loughborough Uni FC to Communications Park (Daventry) to contest this MFLP fixture that the visitors will be desperate for a win as they fight to stave off relegation.
United will be looking to end the season well and try and finish as high up the table as they possibly can so this should potentially be quite some game.
The referee gets the game under way and it’s United who show their intent in the early stages when the inform Tyler Haddow charges down the ball and proceeds to jink his way into the area before shooting and seeing his shot turned onto the post by the Scholars keeper Connor O’Keefe in the 5thminute.
United continue to make all the early running and break again in the 10thminute as Kyle Carey races into the area with only the keeper to beat, but O’Keefe stood up well and blocked Carey’s shot with a good stop with his legs.
The Scholars start to find their own feet and start to see more of the ball. Their first meaningful chance comes in the 13thminute when they press forward and the No10 Connor Smith does well before turning and shooting straight at United’s keeper Brad Casswell for an easy gather. Another chance comes their way in the 21stminute when they break with pace down the right. The ball is played into the No7 Jerimiah Dasaolu who shoots from the edge of the area but gladly it fires high over the target.
The first half is drawing to an end and both sides have chances to take the lead before the break. From a Scholars corner in the 42ndminute the No7 Jerimiah Dasaolu with his back to goal turns swiftly and shoots but it goes over the bar. Soon after in the 43rdminute United then break with Kyle Carey showing his pace and skill before setting up Tyler Haddow but his shot is very well saved by the keeper Connor O’Keefe with his legs again.
Soon after the referee blew up for half time with the deadlock still unbroken.
UNITED 0 SCHOLARS 0
The second half gets under way and the Scholars have made a change by taking off the No10 Connor Smith and sending on the No12 Matthew Olapo.
The second half starts pretty much like the first, pretty open and end to end. United break with good pace from Tyler Haddow who in turn plays a neat cross to Kyle Carey but his header goes wide of the target in the 50thminute. The Scholars respond with a break of their own with the No7 Jerimiah Dasaolu did well before pinging a ball to the No9 Dan Collins who let fly with a thunderous shot that smashed off the cross bar in the 55thminute.
Soon after the Scholars make another change when they take of the No3 Jay Galloway and send on the No17 Scott Martin in the 58thminute. Then in the 61stminute the first booking of the game is awarded to the Scholars No4 Sam Bryan for a foul on Jamal Clarke. United soon follow suite when they take off Jake Holt and send on Joe Cairns in the 63rdminute.
With 20 minutes to go, United start to pile on the pressure as they look for the all important breakthrough. They win a corner in the 70thminute that’s taken by Luke Downes and his pin point cross finds Jamal Clarke and his close range shot is cleared off the line and out to safety. Another Downes corner in the 71stminute sees Tyler Haddow head just over the bar as United are looking dominant in the final quarter of the game.
United’s manager Terry Anderson decides to make another change in the 74thminute when he takes off Kyle Carey and sends on Dominic Alleyne. That change turned out to be a stroke of genius for Anderson as in the 75thminute after more United pressure they win another Luke Downes corner that sees Tyler Haddow flick the ball into the six yard box and there lurking was the super sub Alleyne to coolly hook the ball into the back of the net for the long awaited opening goal of the game.
UNITED 1 SCHOLARS 0
At last United have found the breakthrough and in my opinion it’s fully deserved. The game resumes and United are not sitting back on their lead as they go looking for a killer second goal. United win a free kick just outside the area in the 80thminute that Joe Cairns steps up to take. Cairns lets fly with a superb effort that brings out a fantastic save from the keeper Connor O’Keefe as he tips Cairns shot onto the bar and out for a corner that’s easily dealt with.
The game is now approaching full time and United make their final change in the 90thminute when they take off Tyler Haddow and send on Joseph Anthony. Soon after though the referee blows up for full time and United claim the 3pts and move into the top ten of the league.
UNITED 1 SCHOLARS 0
In summing up this game I would have to say COMMITMENT, WORK RATE, TOGETHERNESS AND PATIENCE. This group of players show these qualities in abundance and hopefully puts them in good stead for next seasons campaign.
This game was a tense affair in the first half with the Scholars fighting for the MFLP lives as they try to avoid relegation. Both teams carved out a few good chances in a pretty even first half that saw the teams go into the break with the deadlock still unbroken.
The second half was a little different as United started to get a grip of the game and plenty of chances came their way. The main reason for the doggedness of the Scholars was in my opinion down to their impressive keeper Connor O’Keefe who pulled off a string of top quality saves to keep United at bay. His resolve was finally broken in the 75thminute after the introduction of Dominik Alleyne who pooped up to grab the headlines with possibly his first touch of the game to score what turned out to be the winner.
The Scholars never gave up fighting right till the end and should be proud of their team performance and wish them well for whatever the future brings for them.
Players worthy of a mention tonight would have to be the Scholars keeper Connor O’Keefe who had a fantastic game pulling off a string of great saves to keep his team in the hunt right till the end.
For United, once again this was a great all round team performance. The whole defence looked solid and assured and Harrison Sawyer found time to push forward many times during this game. Kyle Carey and Tyler Haddow caused the Scholars plenty of problems with their sheer pace and direct running and Luke Jones did himself no harm with a pleasing contribution but for me tonight my man of the match award goes to Gift Mussa. Gift tonight was awesome from start to finish. He showed plenty of spirit, strength and guile throughout getting stuck in where it hurts either backing up his defence ir supporting his forwards so very well played Gift Mussa.
Match Stats United Scholars
On target (6) (3)
Off target (7) (4)
Corners (7) (7)
Free kicks (8) (14)
Yellow cards (0) (1)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (2) (1)