St John 0-Elim Pentecostal FC 1
Saturday 30th September marked the first cup game of the season for both teams New to the Coventry Church league St Johns Fisher welcomed Elim Pentecostal FC .
St John was on paper the better team after having already recorded a win in the league, as for Elim they have only managed a draw in the League so far.
Elim had a host of attacking options to welcome back after their last game which was a defeat to Meredith 2-0 .
St john went for the standard 4-4-2 formation.
Elim player manger Ryan Ireland went for a 4-1-4-1 formation.
St John’s started the better of the two teams and looked to try and pass their way through to Ireland goal. It took around midway in the first half for Elim to really click as a team and trouble St John’s an early chance which came to Moroney who narrowly place a left footed shot over the opposition bar. The game seemed well balanced and both teams seemed comfortable in attacking areas.
The first half possession belonged mainly to St John’s who seemed comfortable with the ball. Elim had not really got out of first gear and this was noted by manger Ryan Ireland finally when the whistle blew for half time Ireland summoned his team “ I dont care if we lose guys but I want to know we gave everything in the game so be prepared to task some risk lads”.
The second half saw Elim look a lot more comfortable on the ball and the team talk looked to have given the players confidence to go and grab the game by the scuff off the neck.
Elim looked like a changed team and defensive midfielder Hurry decided to man mark tall St Johns central midfielder who seemed the catalyst for all of St Johns positive work.
The game deadlock was finally broken when referee gave a free kick midway into St John’s half for a mis-timed tackle. The responsibility of taking the free kick came to Moroney who delivered the ball high in the St Johns box into 6’7″ central defender Reid who was by far the tallest player on the pitch who coolly nodded the ball down to right winger Aidan Rhodes, who found himself in a bit of space in the box and calmly slotted the ball under St John’s keeper.
The Elim goal gave the players a tremendous lift and you could see in all the players even from Abba Beko on his debut for Elim who calmly spun his marker around and picked out a pass to scorer Rhodes. Elim had a good range of youth and mature players who have been with the club for many years. It was now down to them to help guide the youth through the game and try and secure their first win of the season.
St John really threw everything at Elim after going a goal down and were unlucky not to be level in the game even their keeper tried to grab a late goal to at least level up the scores.
In the latter stages of the game St John substitute striker managed to wiggle free from defender Reid in Elim’s area near the touchline who upended the striker and the referee had no doubt in his mind to award the penalty kick. Defender Reid just looked astonished with the decision to award the penalty and knew he might have just cost his team a vital win.
Now it was in the hands off player manger Ireland to see if he could keep his clean sheet that would see Elim with their first win of the season. St Johns fans were all jumping up and down and making their voices heard.
The game was now in the hands of two players. St John’s penalty taker did not look comfortable taking the penalty he stroked the ball right down the middle, Ireland managed to push the ball over his bar and out for a corner.
St John after that still looked to try and make amends for their penalty miss but the game was finally up a few minutes after their penalty kick . Elim grabbed their first win of the season and hope that there are many more good results to come in the future.
Ireland after the game said “ I wanted to dive left for the penalty but the pitch was too boggy and couldn’t move my feet but luckily the player just kicked It down the middle and I managed to push it over the bar .“ .