15th August 2009
Sphinx break F.A. Cup duck.....
by Randy Forder at Sphinx Drive.
Coventry Sphinx 3 v 2 Bromyard Town
Making history can sometimes be an untidy affair and this was certainly a performance that Coventry Sphinx Boss Danny McSheffrey will want to forget in hurry. Progression into the next round was the requirement of the day though and that was done somewhat scrappily but done none the less to notch up a first ever victory in this famous competition for Sphinx.
With Sphinx 'keeper Carl O'Neill stuck at hospital with a very pregnant wife, 16 year old Youth Team keeper Tom Bryce made his full debut in between the sticks and did himself no harm with a solid performance.
The first half was best forgotten with Sphinx struggling to find any fluidity in their game, devoid of any ideas and passion which they have shown in spades during pre-season and the season's previous opening 2 games.
Bromyard took a deserved 1-0 lead at half time with a headed goal from a corner on 27 minutes from Gareth McCarthy.
A half time team talk which could be heard the other side of the Aldermoor perked Sphinx up some what and they looked a little more composed on the ball but Bromyard stuck firm and defended well and hit Sphinx on the break on a few occasions with one effort on goal just skimming the right post.
Sphinx were back on level terms after 65 minutes with Aaron Donaldson pulling the ball back from the by line for Kyle Rhodes to smash in to the net via the bar. The goal hit Bromyard hard who were knocked off there game for 5 minutes and Sphinx took full advantage and were soon 2-1 up on 70 minutes with Donaldson the provider again with Kelvin Phillips the scorer at the far post.
Credit to Bromyard who never gave up and pressed for an equaliser at every opportunity and that came on 80 minutes with another headed goal from a corner from old stalwart Quentin Townsend.
With a replay beckoning Sphinx pushed for a winner with Jerome Murdock running the back four ragged but failing to find the net with a couple of efforts. In the 87th minute Murdock twisted and turned in the box and caught the Bromyad defender's trailing leg given the referee no option but to point to the penalty spot. Adrian Fisher stepped up to put Sphinx into the next round and to avoid a midweek return trip to Worcestersire.
A crowd of 116 will go happy that Sphinx are in the next round but like the Sphinx Management will be looking for a vast improvement on what was a very poor performance. It will need to be with Stourport Swifts waiting to make the journey to Sphinx Drive in a fortnight's time.
Sphinx: T. Bryce, C. Goodbody, J. Holmes, K. Rhodes, T. Ward, L. Kay, T. Mulldoon, C. Woodward, L. Hopkins, J. Murdock, A. Donaldson. subs: J. McAteer, P. Green, A. Fisher, K. Phillips, C. O'Neill. G. Mead, C. Wilson-King.
Bromyard: D. Kanurek, J. Grovesnor, L. Helme, Q. Townend, J. Maidment, R. Orme, J. Wood, G. McCarthy, H. Davis, J. Beck, C. Allen. subs: J. Rayner, A. Harris, D. Sullivan, N. Andrews, M. Oliver.
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