22nd August 2011
by Kev Monks.
Coventry Sphinx 1 v 1 Highgate United
Coventry Sphinx were amongst the goals yet again as they beat
Highgate United 6-2 in a Midland Alliance fixture.
Lee Knibbs side started brightly against a Highgate side which like Sphinx had won their last two matches.
In the second minute, the ball was in the Highgate net but Paul Hewitson's flag was correctly up for offside after Chris Hayden had got on the end of Luke Williams cross in the area.
A fifth minute Hayden free kick was hacked off the line by Mitchell before the visitors won two corners which came to nothing.
Sphinx attacked in the 12th minute down the left through Luke Williams and his cool finish from eight yards fired the blue boys ahead.
Boosted by that goal, Luke Williams beat the offside trap after a pass by Kay and flicked past the oncoming keeper from four yards in the 22nd minute.
Two minutes later and there was another goal for the Sphinx support to enjoy when Williams crossed and Tom Muldoon was at the far post to tap in.
Highgate to their credit were making a game of it and kept the Sphinx defence busy winning two more corners but their hopes of getting back into the game were well and truly dented when three minutes before the half ended, Pawel Tomczak scored from inside the area for Coventry’s fourth goal..
Tomczak who worked hard up front alongside Williams, did well to get into the area straight after the restart and hit a left footed shot, which Shaun Edwards pushed away for a corner.
Another corner followed in the 53rd minute and this time, the ball came out to Paul Saunders who crossed for Jamie McAteer to head home.
In the 58th minute, Terry Ward tried to head back to O'Neill but sent the ball past him to give Highgate some consolation.
That goal was added to in the 62nd minute when the visitors were awarded a penalty and former Barry Town player Ian Mitchell scored from the spot.
Edwards made a terrific point blank save from Williams as the striker went looking for the hat-trick he deserved.
With five minutes left, Arron Donaldson made a wonderful thirty-yard run before drilling past the keeper to give Sphinx a 6-2 win.
Sphinx: O'Neill, Hayden, Long, Kay (Edwards 53), Ward, McAteer, Muldoon (Donaldson 75), Saunders, Tomczak. L.Williams, Jackson (Fraser 72). Subs Barrett, A.Williams
Highgate: S.Edwards, Mitchell (Sleven 67), Judd, T.Edwards, Moon. Checketts, Florey, Abanoi, Brown, Povey (Hartnett 46), Melody, SNU Slevin, A.Fraser, Corrigan
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