AFC Hope 0 Athletico Mosaic 1 Match Report PW

MATCH REPORT: AFC HOPE 0 MOSAIC FC 1 by Paul Wykes

Defending champions Atheletico Mosaic bounced straight back with a win on their second game of the season after losing to BEC on the opening day. In an evenly matched game AFC Hope and Mosaic countered each other out on a remarkably small pitch where one goal would separate the Championship chasing teams.

 

At half time, the honours were even at 0-0, but it could have been a deluge of goals, but for some outstanding saves from both keepers. In the second half no team was dominant; each had their chances in an often messy game where finding possession in midfield held the keys to easily pushing forward toward the opposition goal owing to the size of the pitch.

 

 

There was still plenty of quality being playedwhen AFC were in possession in their own half and after Mosaic helmsman, TomMurphy scored with 15 minutes to go. Despite attempts from AFC to get an equalizer the strong backline of Mosaic was more than a match for the AFC onslaught that petered out quickly. By then Mosaic were playing some of their best football of the game even threatening to double their lead.

 

This game was always going to be low own goals scored and a draw would have been a fair result that both teams would have accepted. However, in a league competition that is always going to be tight at the top this season, one goal was the differences between 3 vital points and leaving the park with nothing.

Holy Trinity 2 Elim 2 Match Report

After last years 7 goal thriller and EPFC’s last minute winner, this years contest was always going to be tight. A beautiful day in the north of Coventry saw these two teams battle it out.

Holy Trinity controlling most of the early parts of the game playing the ball extremely well down both wings. A few half chances for both teams but nothing really on target and first 20 minutes of the match went by before the first talking point, a beautiful top corner save at full stretch by Elim’s manager come stand-in goalkeeper, Ryan Ireland. Shorter after a spell of pressure from Holy trinity and the deadlock was broken. EPFC gave the ball away cheaply after successfully clearing a corner, leaving the defence open and vulnerable. Holy Trinities let wing, slotting the ball past the keeper.

Shortly after half time came more pressure from Holy Trinity, a ball over the top in which the Elim defence left under the presumption the Holy Trinity attacker was offside saw no whistle from the referee, lifting the ball over the onrushing keeper. Finding themselves 2-0 down EPFC had to dig deep. Left Back Gary Baldwin stopped the ball up deep in his own half. ‘Route One’ was on the agenda and played the ball over the Holy Trinity defence to Matt Moroney who placing the ball to the keepers right. Some good play by both teams followed and valiant defending meant that neither keeper was troubled too much until the last minute of injury time. Moroney with an in swinging corner, headed on by young captain Ben Clark which nestled towards Marvin Hurry with an athletic bicycle kick drew EPFC level.

With no more time on the clock the honours were even. A fair result from a very competitive game.

 

Holy Trinity 2 Elim 2 Match Report

 

 

Holy Trinity began their season at home in a game which finished honours even.
The home side was skippered by Nutting; Holy Trinity’s player of the season last year. With two sub players to choose from along with new faces and positives taken from Trinity’s final pre-season match last week, the confidence was flowing more today than in previous games.
Trinity started the better side and were indeed carving out the bulk of the chances. A couple of flurries came Elim’s way, but it wasn’t substantial to mount a serious threat to the Trinity defence.

Elim’s goalkeeper in the opening stages was clearly the busier of the two and he had to pull off a smart save to stop Trinity breaking the deadlock. Elim came pressing again; but didn’t have enough in the locker to get a shot on target.
Midway through the first half, the deadlock was broken. Smith had been keeping the Elim defence busy with his runs down the left flank and cut in to unleash an unstoppable right foot shot which this time, the Elim goalkeeper could do nothing about.

For the remainder of the first half, possession and attacking were fairly even with neither goalkeeper troubled and so it finished at half time 1-0 to Trinity.
One of Trinity’s troubles last season was giving away goals in a short space of time when in winning or drawing positions. Come the start second half, Trinity doubled their lead; a good attacking move combined with a defensive mix up at the back allowed Westwood to open his account for the season.

The Trinity goal had seemed to kick Elim into gear and indeed they halved the deficit midway through the second half. A long ball over the top resulted in a defensive mix up at the back which allowed Elim to lob the ball over the onrushing Hargreaves in goal to make it 2-1.

Trinity however kept their positivity and shape and forged a couple of good attacks but couldn’t find an elusive third goal which probably would have killed the game off.
The last ten minutes saw Elim throw everything forward to search for an equaliser. Nutting and Guru were resolute at the back along with Shineton and Milla on the right and left flanks respectively. Elim still pressed and Hargreaves managed to make a smart save from an Elim header which was cleared by Shineton on the rebound.

Elim however still continued to show their stubbornness and were rewarded with an equaliser in stoppage time. A corner came in from the left hand side and the ball in the centre was overhead kicked right in between Hargreaves and Shineton on the line to make it 2-2.
There was barely time to take stock with the whistle blowing about a minute later so it finished honours even for the two teams in the opening game of the campaign.

For Elim, the result will probably feel like a win for them having fought back from 2-0 in the second half. For Trinity however, the result will probably be the opposite throughout the camp.

Arypt 3 AFC Hope 8 Match Report

During a fine summers morning, on a freshly trimmed Whitley common, AFC Hope and ARYPT kicked off the season in a tensely fought goal-fest.

The first half started brightly for the leagues new-boys as they took the lead with Nick Walker carefully teeing up Martin Gormley to slot home the first. AFC Hope continued to further press the ARYPT defence with Gormley adding a second.

However, ARYPT were not giving up that easy, as the tables turned and they won their self a penalty, which was saved initially by the goalkeeper but was put away on the rebound to make it 2-1. Walker soon made it 3-1 shortly after with a side footed finesse into the bottom corner. But again ARYPT fought hard to come back and produced their second, from a lovely bit of counter-attacking football. 3-2 at the end of the first half.

The second half saw Hope extend their lead further with Thompson and Gormley combining to complete the hat-trick and make it 4-2. ARYPT defended brilliantly and kept battling on but Hope added another through Walker’s perseverance, (which could may have well gone in off an ARYPT defender) but he claimed the goal.

Gormley claimed his 4th to make it 6-2, with the seventh coming from a Bosko Balaban-esque finish from the bearded LB Thomas Hall. ARYPT claimed a consolation late on through pride and determination to make the game 7-3. The final attack allowed Hall to smoothly tee up Thompson to lift the ball over the goalkeepers head.

Final score: AFC Hope 8 – 3 ARYPT
MOM: Alex Thompson – For his energy, enthusiasm and his role in creating many opportunities for the Hope lads.

 

Lowfors 2 Cov Saints 2 Match report

Lowfors 2 – 2 Coventry Saints

By James Coe

A hard fought game that saw the Saints come back from a deficit of two goals to finish level.

Lowfors started on the front foot, pressing the ball high up the pitch and getting in behind the Saints’ defence on several occasions. Keeping up the constant pressure, they were able to win a succession of corners and put together some dangerous attacks, getting the ball in from wide positions and using the channels effectively.

Saints were resilient and defended well, but struggled to carve out a clear-cut opportunity until late in the first half, when Tom Partridge’s deep cross from the right wing found James Coe at the back post. His side-footed volley was cleared off the line and despite Saints’ appeals to the referee; he deemed that the ball had not crossed the line.

Dan White and Lee Bennett had half chances from the edge of the area, but there was little joy for Coventry Saints in the first half in the form of any attacking threat.

Whilst Lowfors played the better football in the first half, Saints defended well and both sides went into half time level.

0-0 at the break.

The second half started lively, with both teams enjoying spells with the ball, but it was Lowfors who capitalised first. A surge down the Saints’ left saw a firm, low, cross fired across the box, where the ball was turned in at the back post with a well timed sliding finish. 1-0 Lowfors.

Saints were beginning to get more joy in the attacking areas and it looked like Lee and Dan would combine for a goal, but for the Lowfors defence. They battled hard and the game remained in the balance.

The home side looked to have sealed the game after an error from the Saints goalkeeper. His clearance saw the ball gifted at the forward’s feet. The player showed good composure to loft the ball into the un-manned Saints goal, making it 2-0 to Lowfors.

Down and out? Not on the Coventry Saints’ watch.

Saints began to play more aggressively and the midfield energy from Adam Hirsi and Richard Wilkinson complimented the Saints’ attack.

The Saints’ comeback came in the form of a Coe cross from the left hand side – or at least that was how it was meant. The over-hit cross caught the keeper off guard, who preceded to spill the ball into the net. 2-1.

Comeback on?

Saints best opportunity following the goal was a Tom Partridge free kick from the left hand side. The ball was struck well, beating the wall and dipping in-front of the keeper, narrowly missing the far post.

Saints were pushing hard for an equaliser and it was Adam Hirsi who was instrumental, clipping a beautifully weighted 20 yard chip over the Lowfors defence looking for the run of James Coe; he turned the ball goalwards underneath the keeper and onto Lee Bennett who stabbed the loose ball into the net. 2-2.

Emotions were high and it was easy to see by the reaction of the Saints’ players what this meant for the team.

There were flashes of the team’s fast attacking play throughout the match, however Lowfors kept the ball well and didn’t allow Saints to play their football. A frustrating match from a Saints’ point of view, however, an important point salvaged after going 2 goals down.

In the end a fair result, as the teams were tied at 2 goals a piece.

Line-up: Scott Davis, Ben Gaut, James Cox, Kevin Blow ©, Mark Sephton, Tom Partridge, Adam Hirsi, Richard Wilkinson, James Coe, Lee Bennett, Dan White
Subs: Jonathan Stobart, Will Large, Phil Thompson

Man of the Match: Adam Hirsi – excellent energy from midfield, exceptional work-rate and helped the team in both breaking up play and creating attacks.

Meredith 9 St John Fisher 2 Match Report

Last year’s league and cup runners up Meredith Road have started the season with a flying start with a 9 – 2 victory at home to league new boys St John Fisher. The score didn’t reflect the quality of the game though as it was a great contest for 90 minutes with the score 4-0 at half time. Meredith took their chances well with a great second half hatrick from Darren Evans (photo). Meredith’s other goals were shared between Scott Bambrick, Harley Francis and Kyle Aubrey with two each.