Sporting Khalsa (A) 18/19
Sporting Khalsa FC v Coventry United FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 6thApril 2019
Venue: The Aspray Arena
Hello one and all. After the hard fought midweek 1-0 victory over Dunkirk, United today head to the Aspray Arena to play their last away game of the season against high flying Sporting Khalsa FC.
This is always a really tough fixture against a consistent team that are always in the mix come the business end of the season in recent years. They are a good, strong and well organised outfit that will surely test United’s resolve.
United have shown great determination and work rate of late and will have to continue in that vein if they are to come away from this game with any of the points. This will be another good test for the team and especially for the younger members of the squad.
The referee gets the game under way and it starts at a frantic pace as both teams look to make a good early impression. Khalsa create the first meaningful chance in the 3rdminute when they press with pace and see the No11 Josh Thomas shoot on the angle and force the United keeper Brendan Bunn into making a good save to keep it out. United then respond immediately when they break forward themselves in the 4thminute with Kyle Carey doing well before seeing his firmly hit drive well saved by the Khalsa keeper Sam Arnold.
What a start to this game, surely they can’t keep this tempo up for the whole game? Khalsa keep up the pressure on United and from a free kick they win a couple of corners that see the second one taken by the No8 Liam Armstrong pick out the No7 Sean Williams who powers in a firm header to open the scoring in the 9thminute.
KHALSA 1 UNITED 0
This is shaping up to be a great game with both teams throwing caution to the wind in their plight to go for goals. Khalsa waste no time in going looking for another in the 10thminute when from a throw in the No9 Daniel Dubidat connects with the throw and sends his powerful header onto the post and out to safety.
United are not lying down and rolling over and are soon on the charge back up field in the 15thminute with another good press. Kyle Carey runs with pace before cutting inside and squaring the ball to Jake Holt who in turn does well to create himself some space and duly lets fly with a powerful low shot that arrows into the corner for a great equaliser.
KHALSA 1 UNITED 1
United are now back on level terms and rightly so as this game is end to end and nothing between the two footballing sides. The next 10 minutes or so see both sides cancel each other out as they try to stamp their authority on the game. The first booking of the game is awarded to United’s Jamal Clarke for a tackle on Khalsa’s No9 Daniel Dubidat in the 31stminute.
United are seeing a lot of the ball in the closing stages of the first half and are moving the ball around well. United’s Jake Holt picks up the ball in midfield and once in space he lets fly with one of his long range pile driver’s that crashes off the cross bar in the 42ndminute. That was a great effort and Jake Holt has showed frequently he has an eye for goal in recent weeks.
The final incident in this half is a booking for the Khalsa No4 Leon Miles for his tackle on United’s Kyle Barnett in the 45thminute. Soon after the referee blows up for half time and a well earned rest for both teams in a pulsating first half battle.
KHALSA 1 UNITED 1
The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. It starts with the same tempo as the first half and its only 10 minutes in before the next booking is awarded. It goes to Khalsa’s No7 Sean Williams for pulling back United’s Kyle Carey in the 55thminute.
United pass the ball with purpose in the 56thminute and find Dominik Alleyne in space but sadly his effort goes just wide of the target. But as this game has played out so far, Khalsa soon bounce back and win a free kick in a dangerous position in the 63rdminute. It’s taken by the No8 Liam Armstrong and his smart delivery picks out the No9 Daniel Dubidat and his close range shot is fantastically saved by the United keeper Brendan Bunn but sadly Dubidat is alert and duly stabs the loose ball into the net to put his team back in the driving seat.
KHALSA 2 UNITED 1
Wow Wow Wow, this is a hell of a game and neither side deserves to be behind in my opinion. United decide to make a change in the 65thminute when they take off Jake Holt and send on Tyler Haddow. Khalsa follow suit in the 67thminute when they take off the No10 Mykel Beckley and send on the No17 Alex Perry.
With the game being so open and end to end, it’s soon United’s turn again to open up Khalsa. They do so in the 74thminute when Gift Mussa powers through into space before shooting and bringing out another great save by the keeper Sam Arnold. United keep the pressure on and when Dominik Alleyne ran with the ball down the right, he sends in a good low cross that Tyler Haddow connects with and sends the ball into the back of the net for United’s second equaliser of the game in the 76thminute.
KHALSA 2 UNITED 2
United are back on level terms for a second time and I’m running out of words to describe this great game of football. Khalsa respond by making another change in the 79thminute when they take off the No11 Josh Thomas and send on the No14 Mensah Kinch.
The game is now into the last 10 minutes and United are really searching for that killer goal and go close with a couple of chances from Tyler Haddow and Gift Mussa in the 81st& 83rdminutes respectively. In the next minute in the 84th, United’s Tyler Haddow is booked for a challenge and the resulting free kick is easily dealt with.
The game is now into the 89thminute and Khalsa are awarded a controversial free kick that is turned out for a corner. The corner is taken by the No14 Mensah Kinch and he sends in a lovely driven cross that sees the No5 Shawn Boothe glance in a powerful header into the back of the net to surely seal the points and break the red and Green’s hearts.
KHALSA 3 UNITED 2
Oh dear, how cruel can football be? The game restarts and United try in vein to get a third equaliser. United make a final double change in the 90+2ndminute when they take off Joe Cairns and Kyle Barnett and send on Luke Jones and Harrison sawyer. Soon after time runs out and the final whistle is blown to end a truly fantastic game of football.
KHALSA 3 UNITED 2
In summing up this game I would have to say that SOMETIMES YOU DON’T GET WHAT YOU DESERVE IN FOOTBALL. This was a fantastic game of football played by two great teams that worked really hard for each other. It was an end to end game that felt more like a cup tie than a league fixture and the MFL should be proud of these two teams today for a great advert of how the game should be played. In my opinion a draw would have been more than a fair result and nobody in that ground today could say that they hadn’t seen a great game of football.
The game ebbed and flowed both ways throughout and both sets of players showed shed loads of passion and commitment for each other. Players worthy of a mention today would have to be the No8 Liam Armstrong for Khalsa. This lad showed plenty of guile, poise and skill to compete in a midfield battle that left nothing to the imagination. His ability to deliver a decent set piece also did not go unnoticed so very well played Liam Armstrong.
For United, they all played magnificently and showed a great togetherness that will hopefully bode well for next season. Brendan Bunn had to make a couple of telling saves to keep his team in the hunt and the central pairing of Lewis Ison and Jamal Clarke stood up well to a well drilled Khalsa outfit. Jake Holt played his part too scoring a good goal and hitting the cross bar aswell. Gift Mussa put in one of his usual shifts too and took a few knocks along the way to boot but for me today my man of the match goes to Dominik Alleyne. Dom today played in a forward role and gave is all from start to finish. He showed great endeavour and chased and harried at every opportunity. Nobody can question Dom’s commitment to the cause and his performance today confirmed that so very well played Dominik Alleyne.
Match stats United Khalsa
On target (6) (7)
Off target (11) (4)
Corners (6) (4)
Free kicks (9) (18)
Yellow cards (2) (2)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (6) (2)