6th August 2011
Muldoon Mullers Hayes
by Randy Forder
Heath Hayes 1 Sphinx 4
Coventry Sphinx laid to rest the bogey team of Heath Hayes with an emphatic 4-1 success in there first league game of the 2011/12 season
The first half was very much a sparring match for both teams. Heath Hayes could of been one up as early as the 5th minute but hancox could only screw his shot wide with the goal begging. They will consider themselves unlucky to have a penalty appeal turned down when Tom Cudworth clipped the heels of Deakin inside the penalty area but the referee waved away there appeals.
Donaldson was causing problems for Sphinx down the right with to good crosses into the box which neither Williams or Edwards could convert.
However after 23 minutes Edwards played Jackson in down the right who glided past three challenges before hit his shot across the Jenkins the Heath Hayes keeper and in off the post to give him a debut goal and Sphinx a 1 goal lead.
This was to be short lived when Sphinx failed to clear the ball and Deakin took advantage and hit a low drive past O'Neill to level the scores at 1-1.
Heath Hayes came out of the blocks at Usain Bolt pace in the 2nd and should of gone 2-1 in the 6th minute when Haseley found himself free in the box but took to much time getting his shot off allowing O'Neill to bravely block the shot away for a corner.
This was as much as Heath Hayes could muster as Sphinx took control of the game. Bilic was replaced on 51 minutes with dead leg and was replaced by another new signing in Kwabena-Konadu.
Sphinx took the lead when the hard working Edwards slipped in Williams who coolly slotted past the on rushing keeper. Sphinx were now winning the midfield battle with Saunders in particular impressing. Heath Hayes reverted to the long ball but Cudworth and Kay, who by their own admission not to good in the first half, dominating the front two of Haseley and Deakin.
In the 75th minute Jackson cut in from the right and his long range effort cannoned off the post Williams was first to react to the ball but was impeded before getting a shot off and the Referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Williams dusted himself off but his well struck penalty hit the post and Heath Hayes cleared the danger.
Sphinx were not to be denied and a masterstroke of a substitution brought sphinx there third goal Muldoon replaced Donaldson and with his first touch Muldoon scored when he reacted to the keeper fumbling Jacksons free kick.
In the 89th minute Robbins replaced Jackson. In the 93rd minute Muldoon got his second when he chased down a long ball putting Tuck under pressure his clearance was charged down by Muldoon into the path of Williams who squared it back to Muldoon for him to calmly beat the keeper to make it 4-1.
Sphinx boss Danny McSheffrey said: "We huffed and puffed in the 1st half but were great in the second half and thoroughly deserved the 3pts. The new lads of Jack Edwards, Ashley Jackson and Karl Kanadu all done well but for me Paul Saunders was excellent it’s a good start but we must take this into Monday nights home game against Kirby Muxloe when I will have centre half Jamie McAteer back from suspension and Pawel Tomczak and Dion Barrett available "
Sphinx: O'Neill, Cudworth, Kay, Fraser, Long, Saunders, Edwards, Bilic, Donaldson, L.Williams, Jackson. Subs: Robbins, Konadu, Muldoon. SNU Rawlings, Haydyn
Heath Hayes: Jenkins, Parsonage, Jones, Davis, Tuck,
Stretton, Gonzales, Hancox, Haseley, Deacon, Baggott. Subs:
Degville, Wallis, Haycock.
In the Press:
Midland Alliance: Tom Muldoon nets twice for
Coventry Sphinx to defeat Heath Hayes
Aug 7 2011 by Colin Stoner, Sunday Mercury
double strike from Tom Muldoon helped steer
Coventry Sphinx to an impressive 4-1 opening
Ashley Jackson gave the visitors a 22nd-minute lead but David Waple levelled before the break.
A Luke Williams effort edged Sphinx back into the lead before Muldoon’s double on 78 and 90 minutes sealed the points.