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28th July 2009

Sphinx hit five past Southam.....

by Kev Monks

 

Coventry Sphinx continued their unbeaten pre-season campaign with a 5-1 victory tonight at Southam United.


A good following of Sphinx supporters to Banbury Road, only had to wait for three minutes to see Jerome Murdock force his way into the area before being pulled down.


Murdock stepped up to take the penalty and hit the keeper's right hand post. Thankfully, Tom Maguire was on his toes and he nipped in to slip the ball past the keeper.


Murdock was denied, two minutes after the opening goal by a brilliant save from the home keeper after a sublime pass from Kyle Rhodes had picked him out.


Jamie McAteer and Liam Kay defended superbly for Sphinx but in the 15th minute, it was the brilliance of keeper Scott Furlong who pushed a long ranger over the bar for a corner.


A back heel from the resulting corner skimmed past the far post but Sphinx got straight back at the Midland Combination Premier Division side and doubled their tally in the 19th minute when Jerome Murdock rounded the keeper to score.


It was a back heel in the 25th minute that briefly allowed Southam to reduce the arrears thanks to Jimmy Graham getting his heel to a corner and the ball deceiving the Sphinx defence.


With Tom Maguire and Jerome Murdock proving more than a handful for the Southam defence, the Sphinx supporters were expecting another goal and it duly arrived in the 31st minute when a stunning run from Murdock saw him fire a drive into the net off the far post.


Luke Hopkins had been deployed at right back so Danny McSheffrey and his backroom staff could get a look at Kelvin Phillips and in the 35th minute, Hopkins ran through the home defence before firing a shot that was brilliantly stopped by the keeper who also saved well when Maguire's rebound came in.


Iyseden Christie replaced Phillips at the break and McSheffrey used the second half to give his substitutes a run out.


Andrew Woodall, who had a fine game in midfield, was one of those replaced as Sphinx kept their foot on the gas.


A 67th minute Christie free kick was pushed round for a corner and three minutes later, Jerome Murdock completed his hat-trick when Christie held the ball up to play in Murdock, who slipped the ball under the keeper for Sphinx's fourth goal.


Four minutes from time, Sphinx finished off a good performance when Kyle Rhodes got to a corner first and lashed the ball home to complete a good night's work.


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Sphinx: Furlong (Allen 76), Hopkins (Green 58), McAteer, Rhodes, Hayward (Maddax 69), Kay, Muldoon, Woodall (Kimberlin 56), Phillips (Christie 46), Murdock, Muldoon.

 

In the Press:

Saints get pre-season reality check

courtesy of www.southamunitedfc.com

 

Saints good pre-season run came to a halt at Banbury Road on Tuesday night when a hat-trick by Jerome Murdoch helped Sphinx to a convincing win.
 
Sphinx, from the Midland Alliance, had beaten Southern League Premier Leamington the week before, and looked a lively side throughout, chasing every ball and constantly pressurising the Saints rearguard.
 
They opened the scoring on just five minutes when Adam Hart brought down Murdoch in the penalty area. The striker saw his spot kick rebound off the post, but Tom Maguire was quick to react and made no mistake beating Oliver Manuel low down.
 
Murdoch got on the scoresheet with the first of his three goals in the 20th minute, collecting a long clearance and rounding Manuel to slot into the corner. Jim Graham reduced the arrears when meeting an inswinging Stef Jones corner at the near post, but Murdoch made it 3-1 to Sphinx in the 33rd with a shot that went in off the post.
 
Saints had chances to reduce the arrears, notably a shot from the excellent Chris Hanrahan that visiting 'keeper Scott Furlong failed to hold, but it took a brilliant double save from Manuel to deny both Luke Hopkins and Maguire to keep the deficit to two goals at the interval.
 
Substitute James Harri could have pulled a goal back fro Saints, but his shot curled wide of the left-hand post. Manuel again came to the rescue on 69 minutes pushing a thunderous free-kick from Iyseden Christie over the bar, but Murdoch increased the lead for Sphinx just three minutes later and Karl Rhodes wrapped up the scoring in the 86th after Manuel had saved Christie's initial shot.
 
Manager Barry Shearsby was disappointed at the result, saying "we didn't disgrace ourselves in the first half and could have gone in on level terms but, after the interval, we didn't contain their most dangerous players and paid the penalty. We will learn from the experience, which is what friendlies are all about."
 
Saints Oliver Manuel, John Blunsom (Michael Clancy 66), Adam Hart (Alex Shaw 58), Lee Scott, Glen Webb, Ian Wilson [Capt.] (Alex Unitt 61), Josh Cole, Chris Hanrahan (Richard Middleton 72), Danny Adams (James Harri 66), Jim Graham (Scott Easterlow 75), Stef Jones (David Care 70)