3rd December 2012
Sphinx Remain Top
by Randy Forder
Sphinx 2 Heath Hayes 0
Sphinx got back to winning ways with an impressive 2-0 win at home against Heath Hayes. Danny McSheffreys men called the shots for the majority of the 90 mins and if it hadn’t of been for a MOM performance from the Adam Jenkins in the Heath Hayes goal the scoreline could easily of been 6 or 7-0.
Ist test Jenkins credentials was Robbie Stevenson whose 25 yard (20 mins) free kick brought out a one handed save to tip the ball over for a corner 20th minute and 5 minutes later a rasper from Josh Ruff was tipped round the post.. Luke Williams had a delightful chip tipped over in the 28th minute. Sphinx rewards were to come in the 31st minute when a long ball out of defence found Luke Williams who lofted the ball over the onrushing Jenkins to give Sphinx a deserved 1-0 half time lead.
The 2nd half was very much the same as the first half with Sphinx dominating but with no real attempts on goal. Carl O’Neill was called into action when Dave Waple sprung the offside trap but O’Neill tackled bravely outside his box to divert the ball to safety In the 65th minute Heath Hayes had Andrew Davies sent off when he brought Luke Williams down with a free run on goal.
Sphinx upped the tempo and peppered the Heath Hayes goal but Jenkins stood firm making a 2 point blank saves from a jack Edwards header and a josh Ruff shot, he was finally beaten when Terry ward nodded in Robbie Stevenson’s corner. But Jenkins was not to be denied his MOM performance when he pushed a Kyle Rhodes effort around the post.
All in all a good day at the office for the Sphinx. Next week is a big game as Sphinx travel to Causeway in what is a big 6 pointer.
Danny Mcsheffrey had this to say after the game
A great all round team performance and the boys looked fit, fresh, focused and hungry for the victory. Everyone is playing with a smile on their face with the belief they can win games of football. It was nice to see Kyle Rhodes return from a 4 month absence with a knee injury and he has looked after his body well during a frustrating injury spell for him. We now look forward to double training sessions this week and Causeway Saturday.
Sphinx: O'Neill, Hayden, Long, Ward, Jackson, Mulldoon, Ruff, Stevenson, Saunders, Edwards, Williams. Subs: Bilic, Donaldson, Rhodes SNU Barrett
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