Shepshed (A) 18/19
Shepshed Dynamo FC v Coventry United FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 12th January 2019
Venue: The Dovecote Stadium
Well hello one and all. After another good win in midweek against title chasing Walsall Wood, United today make the short trip up the M1 to play another title contender in Shepshed Dynamo in this league fixture.
They have had a fantastic season so far and with games in hand should they win them would be right up there fighting for the top spot so this once again is going to be another very tough game for United.
United though have shown that they can mix it up with the top teams on their day and the manager Terry Anderson will be looking for his team to continue the good form of late against some top opposition. There may be a couple of enforced changes in today’s line up but whoever starts the game, I’m sure they will all be eager to carry on their good team working ethic and grind out another good result against tough opposition.
The referee gets the game under way and the opening minutes are a scrappy affair as both teams try to settle into the game. It takes until the 14th & 17th minutes for United to create their first chances on goal. They both come from long throw-in’s that see Gift Mussa and Joe Cairns both send shots high over the bar. Shepshed respond with a chance of their own in the 20th minute from another throw-in that sees the No7 Pearson Mwanyongo blaze his effort high over the bar.
Shepshed continue to force a little pressure on United and break down the right and a great deep cross into the area by the No7 Pearson Mwanyongo that’s met by the head of the No10 Matt Melbourne and his effort just goes over the top of the bar in the 22nd minute.
The game continues to see both teams cancel each other out for long spells in the first half with chances of any description being hard to come by. Shepshed force a couple of corners that are easily dealt with in the 34th minute before United create their best chance of the half in the 39th minute when United broke with pace and Eli Bako finds himself in the area. He tries a shot with the outside of his left foot but his effort veer’s wide of the target when a goal looked favourite.
Soon after the referee blew up for half time with the deadlock still unbroken.
SHEPSHED 0 UNITED 0
The second half gets under way and United have made a change during the break when they have replaced Kyle Barnett with Luke Jones.
It’s Shepshed who come out the brightest and from a corner in the 47th minute the No10 connects well with the cross and strikes a post before the ball is cleared out to safety. They keep the pressure on with a free kick in a good position that sees the No4 Joe Pheasant’s header fizz just wide of the target in the 50th minute. United remain under the cosh as they struggle to get out of their own half. Shepshed press again in the 54th minute when the No7 Pearson Mwanyongo races into the area and sees his shot well saved by the United keeper Brendan Bunn.
United decide to make another change when they take off Antonio Alcaraz-Zamora and send on Andre Yerou in the 57th minute.
United at last relieve some pressure off the defence as they win a corner that’s taken by the busy Joe Cairns. His cross is cleared out but Jamal Clarke drills the loose ball back in but sadly over the bar in the 59th minute.
The first booking of the game comes in the 62nd minute when United’s Kai Williams is shown a yellow card for his accidental challenge on the Shepshed No5 Jake Betts.
Shepshed decide to make a change of their own in the 65th minute when they take off the No11 Celson Patrocinio and send on the No14 Karl Whymark.
United have weathered the early Shepshed storm and are starting to make some in roads of their own. They break forward with the hard working Joe Cairns and he slides the ball through for Kai Williams and Kai’s attempted shot from 20yrds smashes off the cross bar in the 66th minute. Now that was a great effort from Kai Williams and it would have been a cracker of a goal had it gone in.
The next booking goes to the Shepshed No2 Jordan Wakeling in the 72nd minute for hauling down United’s Kai Williams before Shepshed decide to make another change in the 73rd minute when they take off the No9 Dexter Morris-Clarke and send on the No17 Liam Hurst.
United continue to look for the opener and go close in the 77th minute when they press forward again. United’s Eli Bako receives the ball on the edge of the area, turns sharply before sending his shot just wide of the target.
Soon after both teams make another change with United taking off Joe Cairns and sending on Dominik Alleyne and Shepshed taking off the No8 Sam Moore and send on the No15 Ollie Roome in the 81st minute.
The game is now into the last 10 minutes and this can go either way as this tense affair draws to an end. United’s Dominik Alleyne joins the yellow card club when he gets booked for a challenge on the Shepshed No5 Jake Betts in the 83rd minute.
Disaster strikes for United in the 86th minute when Kai Williams receives a second yellow and then shown the resulting red card for his slightly late challenge on the Shepshed keeper Brandon Ganley.
United are now going to have to see out the rest of the game with ten men. Concentration is going to be the key as one mistake now would surely cost them the game.
With the game in added time United’s Ben Vallance is shown a yellow card for a tackle in the 90+6th minute that turned out to be the final act of the game as the referee soon after blew up for full time and the points shared.
SHEPSHED 0 UNITED 0
In summing up this game I would have to say WHAT A TENSE AFFAIR THIS GAME WAS. This game started slowly with both teams struggling to settle into the game. Eventually they did but still were unable to create any decent chances in the first half as they just seemed to cancel each other out though I would have to say that United shaded the half on possession as they went into the break with the deadlock unbroken.
The second half was a different game altogether as it was Shepshed who started the half with purpose and desire. They started to take the game to United and created a couple of decent chances that United did well to defend. The intensity of the game propelled as both sides looked to get that all important goal that would surely seal the points. As the half progressed United grew in confidence after thwarting all that shepshed early pressure and nearly stole the points when Kai Williams effort hit the bar in the final minutes. In the end both teams had given their all for the cause and showed plenty of passion and in my opinion sharing the points was a fair result for both teams.
Players worth a mention would have to be the Shepshed No7 Pearson Mwanyongo. He was a constant thorn in United’s side with his trickery and pacey running that sprung many of his teams attacks.
For United this was a tough battling team performance. Shepshed are no mugs and compete vigorously for every ball confirming that this was a well earned away point. Ben Vallance did well against the tricky Mwanyongo once he had got the measure of him. Jamal Clarke and Kyle Barnett once again proved to be man mountains in the centre of defence though Kyle did have to go off at half time but now look a formidable partnership. Luke Downes and Gift Mussa also put in good shifts as they competed in a very competitive midfield that gave nothing away lightly but for me today, my man of the match goes to Joe Cairns. Joe had a great game throughout and ran his socks off all day. He looked to support the attacks as he normally does but what I was impressed with mostly today was his willingness to track back and help out on the defensive duties to good effect so well played Joe Cairns.
Match stats United Shepshed
On target (1) (4)
Off target (7) (4)
Corners (4) (6)
Free kicks (13) (12)
Yellow cards (4) (1)
Red cards (1) (0)
Offside (1) (4)