25th August 2009
Five Star Sphinx.....
by Kev Monks. Photos below by Mick Evans.
Coventry Sphinx 5 v 2 Boldmere
Coventry Sphinx put in a superb
performance to beat previously unbeaten Boldmere St Michael's 5-2
at Sphinx Drive tonight.
They got off to the best possible start after only 63 seconds when Gary Mead played in Kyle Rhodes, who hit a shot from twenty yards that flew into the net.
Rhodes along with Aaron Donaldson were in superb form and in the first half totally controlled the midfield.
A good run from Donaldson firstly set up Jerome Murdock for a fifth minute effort and then he got round his marker to slip the ball inside to Kelvin Phillips for a close range effort which Adam Jenkins superbly blocked with his legs.
Boldmere were level in the sixth minute when Lee Osbourne rounded Carl O'Neill and Simeon Tulloch was able to tap into the empty net.
This proved a mere blip for Danny McSheffrey's side as Sphinx were back in front two minutes later thanks to Kelvin Phillips getting the final touch to head home a corner.
With Phillips laying the ball off well, Sphinx kept pushing. Rhodes and Mead both tried their luck and in the 25th minute, Jerome Murdock got inside the area and curled a left footed shot. Callum Woodward followed up, dived forward and beat the defender and static keeper with his head for Sphinx's third goal.
Murdock was again provider as Sphinx added a fourth in the 28th minute thanks a super run down the left by Murdock to get a long ball. He beat a defender to the ball and sent it to the far post. Donaldson met it with a low drive and there was Kelvin Phillips to bang the ball into the net.
Boldmere pulled one back two minutes into the second half when Tulloch was taken down. Referee Simon Lane awarded a penalty and Stuart McNaught scored from the resulting spot kick.
Jenkins denied Murdock with his feet in the 64th minute, before Boldmere hit the far post from a corner.
With ten minutes to go, Sphinx wrapped up a good evening's work when Kyle Rhodes scored with a low drive.
Sphinx are home to Southern League Midland Division side Stourport Swifts, who lost 3-2 at Atherstone Town tonight, in the FA Cup Preliminary Round.
Sphinx: O'Neill, Goodbody (Muldoon 57), Holmes, Rhodes, McAtter, Kay, Mead (Green 60), Woodward, Phillips (Ruff 85), Murdock, Donaldson. subs: Simmons, Hopkins
Boldmere: Jenkins, Swain, Brown, Stevenson, Wood, Juxon, Tulloch, McNaught, Watkins, Osbourne, Baker Subs Used: McGiven, Fuller, Grosvenor
photos copyright and courtesy of Mick Evans @ KORU Digital
In the Press:
Coventry Sphinx 5 - 2 Boldmere St. Michaels
Boldmere's previously unbeaten defence was breeched after just 66 seconds when visiting Coventry Sphinx on Tuesday evening.
Kyle Rhodes fired the home side in front with a twenty five yard strike leaving Jenkins rooted to the spot. Just five minutes later good work by Osbourne down the left flank led to Tulloch forcing the ball home from close range but the joy was short lived as Phillips took advantage of hesitancy in the Mikes defence to head home after nine minutes. Despite having a fair share of the play and a penalty appeal for a foul on Osbourne turned down it was the visitors who turned the goal power.
Jerome Murdoch was proving a handful and his efforts led to further goals by Woodward and Phillips to give his side a 4-1 lead at the break.
Manager Rob Mallaband withdrew Jack Brown at the interval and replaced him with Jared McGivern. Two minutes into the second period Stuart McNaught reduced the arrears from the penalty spot and just seconds later Tulloch rushed his shot when more composure would have put the Mikes right back in the game.
Despite having the greater percentage of the play in the second half the goalkeeper was not seriously tested. Wood came closest to scoring hitting the post but it was the home side who had the last say when Rhodes made it 5 in the 81st minute.