31st October 2009
Sphinx avenge Vase defeat.....
by Randy Forder
Causeway United 0 v 3 Coventry Sphinx
Sphinx gained their first away league win of the season at Causeway with a very impressive 3-0 win.
There were two changes from Tuesday’s defeat at Barwell with Tom Haywood coming in for the holidaying Terry Ward and Adam Kinder replacing the injured Kyle Rhodes for his first start in his second spell at the club.
Sphinx were straight out of the blocks with Donaldson and Halton causing problems down both flanks and it was Donaldson who was involved in the Sphinx opener on 8 minutes when his initial cross was blocked but Callum Woodward pounced onto the ball and sent over an inch perfect cross for Kelvin Phillips to nod in from 6 yards out.
The game was very much too and fro with Causeway maybe getting the better of the chances due mainly to Sphinx giving the ball away in dangerous areas. The times when Sphinx got the ball down and played they created a couple of half chances. Kinder had a shot charged down after good work from Halton on the left and Jamie McAteer went close with a header just going over from a Donaldson corner. Sphinx then went into the break 1-0 up after what was a fairly dogged first half.
Danny McSheffrey’s team talk must have worked wonders because on 50 minutes Aaron Donaldson put Sphinx 2-0 up with a 25 yard grass cutter which just evaded Skeldon’s fingertips in the Causeway goal. Causeway threw caution to the wind and went to three up top and this seemed to pay dividends when Jones shot seemed destined for the bottom corner but some how Carl O'Neill got a foot to the ball to deflect it for a corner.
With the game now a little more open half chances were being created for both teams. How put over for Causeway when it seemed easier to hit the target. Kinder mis-controlled a great ball from Halton when maybe a first time shot would have been a better option, he then created room for himself to get a shot off which sailed over. The impressive Willets had a shot from distance for Causeway which never really threatened the Sphinx goal.
The game was wrapped up in the 81st minute when Adrian Fisher eluded four Causeway players in midfield to release Halton in the right hand channel. He took one touch before laying a ball into Kinder who nonchalantly placed the ball past the ‘keeper to give Sphinx three goals and three points.
I suppose you could say revenge was sweet after Causeway had knocked Sphinx out of the F.A. Vase five weeks earlier but what will please Danny McSheffrey will be the clean sheet with a back four of Muldoon, Kay, Haywood and McAteer in outstanding form. What will not please McSheffrey however is the £22 he spent on beer for the coach home after stating "If we win by 2 clear goals I will get the beer in".
Town are visitors to Sphinx Drive on Tuesday for what will be an
emotionally charged County Senior Cup tie. It is the Willie
Knibbs anniversary game and the first chance for Sphinx Drive to
pay tribute to Paul Gibbons. Kick off is 7.45pm with tributes on
the pitch beforehand.
Sphinx: C. O'Neill, T. Muldoon J. McAteer, A. Fisher, L. Kay, T. Haywood, A. Donaldson, C. Woodward, K. Phillips, A. Kinder, J. Halton. subs: D. Doherty, J. Ruff, D. McSheffrey, C. Daffern.
Causeway: J. Skeldon, M. Jones, S. Beasley, D. Cox, M. Aston, C. Field, S. Poole, B. Stretton, D. Willetts, S. How, K. Everitts. subs: M. Brookes, J. Neate, D. Jones, D. Whitley, H. Sproston.
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