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Romulus (H) 18/19

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Coventry United FC v Romulus FC

Midland Football League Premier Division

 

Date: Wednesday 12th September 2018

KO: 7.45pm

Venue: Butts Park Arena

Attendance: 165

 

Well hello one and all. After the 3-1 victory over Wolverhampton Sporting at the weekend, United tonight welcome Romulus FC to the Butts Park Arena to contest this MFLP encounter.

Romulus have had a great start to their campaign so far and especially in the FA Cup to which they are doing exceptionally well and are still in the competition. They will also be bringing with them a United old boy in Mitchell Piggon who has also been in great form so far this season with a hatful of goals already. Hopefully he has a mini drought tonight!!!!!!!!

United have started to turn things round since that defeat to local rivals Sphinx with three straight wins on the bounce so will be full of confidence heading into this game. Manager Terry Anderson will once again have a near full squad to choose from but I think that this game could prove to be United’s biggest test so far this season so they will have to be at their best to get anything out of this game.

The referee gets the game under way and it’s Romulus who start the brightest when they see a header from a long throw in go over the bar by the No8 Luke Richards in the 2nd minute. They continue to make all the early running when they force a couple of free kick that gladly come to nothing.

United show some good link up play between Ryan Palmer and Kyle Barnett that results in Ryan Palmer sending his angled shot high and wide of the target in the 6th minute. Both teams are struggling to gain control of the game and it’s United who press forward next in the 17th minute when Kyle Carey jinks past his marker before sliding a neat pass to Shaquille McDonald who then sent his shot over the bar. Romulus hit back with a break of their own and when the ball dropped into the six yard box, the No4 Niall Rowe tried a cheeky back heel but fortunately it went straight to United’s keeper Brendan Bunn in the 20th minute.

The breakthrough finally comes in the 21st minute when United worked the ball forward. A deep cross into the box by Kyle Carey sees Shaquille McDonald head the ball back across the area where Jake Holt was there to steer the ball into the back of the net from close range.

 

UNITED 1 ROMULUS 0

That’s a great start for United and I would say they deserved that for their persistence. There is still a long way to go in this game and I’m sure that Romulus will put United under the cosh as they try to get back on level terms.

United are buoyed by the goal and are keeping possession well. They press forward again in the 27th minute and Jake Holt does really well to create some space before seeing his powerful angled drive brilliantly saved by the Roms keeper Tyrell Belford.

The first bookings of the game come in the 38th minute when United’s Kyle Carey is booked for dissent along with the Roms No6 Simon Williams for the same offence. Soon after the Roms make a change when they take off the No10 Bekir Halil and send on the No14 Josh Willis in the 39th minute.

The first half is coming to an end and United finish it strong when a Shaquille McDonald shot in the 41st minute falls just wide of the post and then from a Kyle Carey free kick sees Chris Cox head just over the bar in the 43rd minute.

Then just before the referee blows up for half time, the Roms No9 Mitchell Piggon is booked for dissent. Half time is reached soon after.

Half Time

UNITED 1 ROMULUS 0

Second Half

The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. The Roms come out full of verve as they look to get back in the game. They win a free kick in the 46th minute in a great position as the No8 Luke Richards sends his header just over the bar. Then a few minutes later in the 48th minute the same player brings out a great save from the United keeper Brendan Bunn to keep United in front.

United decide to make a change in the 52nd minute when they take off the injured Chris Cox and send on Shay Nicholson. United are not seeing as much of the ball in this half so far but they break forward in the 60th minute as Shaquille McDonald races into the area. He looks to be upended as he cuts across but the referee saw it differently and booked McDonald for diving.

The Roms go on the attack again and carve out another good chance, this time for the No9 Mitchell Piggon that brings out a great save from the Keeper Brendan Bunn in the 63rd minute.

Soon after the Roms make another change when they take off the No9 Mitchell Piggon and send on the No12 Brad Rolston in the 64th minute. United make another change soon after in the 69th minute when they take off the impressive Ryan Palmer and send on Curvin Ellis.

United seem to be sitting back on their slender lead and that could be a dangerous ploy as the Roms are definitely seeing more of the ball at the moment. United though have a rare foray forward and win a free kick that’s taken by Kyle Carey. He finds Jamal Clarke at the far post and Clarke shoots and brings out a great save from the Roms keeper Tyrell Belford in the 77th minute.

Another booking follows in the 79th minute when the Roms No7 Dimitri Dunkley is booked for foul on Shay Nicholson. The Roms then make another change in the 80th minute when they take off the No6 Simon Williams and send on the No16 Anthony Rapunde. United then follow suit when they make their final change in the 87th minute when they take off Shaquille McDonald and send on Scott Hammond.

The game is now into added time and when the united keeper Brendan Bunn had looked to have clearly stopped the ball from going over the line, the referee saw it differently and decided to book Bunn for dissent in the 90+1 minute.

The Roms manage one more chance to equalise in the 90+2 minute when the No8 Luke Richards turns sharply and sends his effort just wide of the target.

Soon after a melee ensues between both sets of players and staff and after the referee consults his linesmen, he decides to send off the United manager Terry Anderson and give yellow cards to United’s Luke Downes and the Roms No14 Josh Willis for their parts in the proceedings.

Soon after the referee finally blows up for full time and United have managed to hold on for a well earned 3pts.

Full Time

UNITED 1 ROMULUS 0

In summing up this game I would have to say that United are GROWING IN CHARACTER. I’m convinced that last season we would have lost this game. The first half started a bit scrappily but United started to grow into the game and deservedly edged in front in the 21st minute. The goal seemed to calm them down and looked in control for the rest of the half.

The second half was a different story as the Roms went looking for the equaliser. United seemed happy to sit back and defend their slender lead and lived dangerously at times. That said though, they defended with great poise and as a team were resolute in holding off the Roms attentions and finished the game just about deserved winners in my opinion.

Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Roms No8 Luke Richards. He had a great game in a tough midfield battle and was not overawed. On another day he could have well finished with a hat trick to his name has he showed he has an eye for a shot or two.

For United this was another great team performance. After going ahead early in the game they stood strong and defended their lead which saw Kyle Carey and Ryan Palmer looking good on both wings. Luke Downes is starting to settle in really well and put in another impressive shift alongside the midfield maestro Jake Holt. Jake was always involved in all of United’s attacking play and was on hand to score the only goal of the game. The whole defence played magnificently tonight especially in the second half when then sat back. My man of the match tonight though must go to Jamal Clarke. Jamal was immense tonight and won every header that he went for, mopped away any loose balls that fell his way and also cleared one effort off the line to preserve his teams lead so very well played Jamal Clarke.

Match stats United Romulus

On target (3) (2)

Off target (5) (11)

Corners (1) (5)

Free kicks (16) (16)

Yellow cards (4) (4)

Red cards (1) (0)

Offside (3) (1)