Quorn (A) 18/19
Coventry United fell to a 3-1 defeat at Quorn in the Total Motion Midland Football League Premier Division.
A double from winger Kai Tonge secured the victory for the home side, despite Quorn playing half of the game with 10 men. The victory sees Quorn rise to 8thin the table, with Coventry remaining in 15thahead of the trip to Romulus next Saturday.
Jake Holt returned to the starting line up after a number of weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury. Dom Alleyne and Kyle Barnett were also drafted in to the side, with Kyle Carey and Harry Sawyer dropping out.
The opening 20 minutes saw a hard fought midfield battle, with opportunities at a premium. An effort into the car park from Tyler Haddow and a well saved low strike from Joe Cairns was as close and the Red and Greens came before the home side took control. Quorn midfielder Bradley Maslen-Jones saw two efforts denied, one blocked by Lewis Ison, the other parried clear by Brendan Bunn. But the opening goal was not far away. 25 minutes in, Kai Tonge bagged his first of the day. The winger closed in on goal on the end of a through ball from Maslen Jones, and lifted the ball over the onrushing Bunn. Ison tried in vain to head the ball clear, but Tonge would not be denied the opening goal of the game. Bunn had to be on his toes to keep Quorn at bay, with Stephen Hart’s powerful strike across the net kept out by the United keeper to ensure United still had a chance heading into half time. And their prospects looked promising at the break, as Quorn defender Jared Rydquist was shown a red card for a professional foul on Tyler Haddow. The United forward attempted to pirouette around the sliding defender, but was caught on the heel by Rydquist’s studs, leaving the home side with a numerical disadvantage for the second half.
Captain Lawrence Gorman was sacrificed at half time to ensure defensive stability for Quorn, with former Derby County and Coventry City striker, Callum Ball, introduced from the bench in a centre-back capacity. After a strong start from United, Ball showed his attacking instants were still present, heading home from a corner to make it 2-0. But the 2 goal advantage would be shortlived, as Joe Cairns gave the travelling Red and Green Army hope. The forward brought Luke Jones’ volleyed pass over the defence and fired across McMillan into the far top corner, leaving 31 minutes for United to find an equaliser. Terry Anderson’s side pressed on, with Cairns leading the way. But whether it was a defender’s body or McMillan’s glove, their path to a leveller was blocked. The gung-ho strategy of the closing 10 minutes saw Coventry throw everything at their hosts, but Quorns didn’t buckle, and even found a third with the last kick of the game. Tonge broke away from the United barrage, surged down the right ring, where he was met by Bunn. Tonge found his way around Bunn and launched the ball into the empty net from right side of the penalty area to end the game at 3-1.
The highlights of this fixture are now available to view via the link, courtesy of CUTV.