Saturday 8th April 2017
Midland Football League Premier
Coleshill Town 3 v 4 Coventry Sphinx
Town: Craig Milligan, Mykel Beckley, Reece Leek.
Sphinx: Ryan Harkin 4.
Opposition Player Of The Match: Paul Hathaway (Coleshill) Ryan Harkin (Coventry)
Supporters Club Man Of The Match, Sponsored by Greensleeves: Craig Milligan.
Coleshill: Paul Hathaway, Andre Gonzales, Josh Quaynor (Charlie Evans), Tom Weale, Tom Fishwick (Rob Evans), Craig Milligan, Reece Leek, Danny Tymon, Curvin Ellis (Giovanni Dainty), Dean Rathbone, Mykel Beckley. Subs not used Jesse Race, Charlie Shaw.
Sphinx: Dutton, McCalla, Hudson, Downes, Eggleton, Cairns, McGarrity, Woodward, Towers, Harkin, Kiembi.
Subs: Jaymes, Gomes, Williams.
SUNDAY MERCURY WROTE
Four-Midable Ryan The Hero For Sphinx
Star striker Ryan Harkin just can't stop scoring at the moment. After bagging a hat-trick to help Coventry Sphinx to victory over Long Eaton United last week, he went one better yesterday with all four goals in his side's 4-3 defeat of second placed Coleshill Town. And that result means leaders Alvechurch can secure the title if they pick up a point at rivals Coleshill on Saturday. Harkin bagged his first two goals in the opening half to give the visitors a two goal cushion. And although the Colemen hit back through Craig Milligan, Mykel Beckley and Reece Leek, it was the Sphinx ace who secured the points for the visitors.
By Craig Hamilton
So Coleshill Town came into this game on the back of two bad results but still within touching distance of table toppers Alvechurch. A good performance and result where therefore imperative, unfortunately neither came.
After only 2 minutes a poor clearance by Paul Hathaway fell straight to Downes but his first time volley from 20 yards went straight back into the arms of the home keeper. Coleshill then had an attack as a nice one-two between Dean Rathbone and Curvin Ellis saw Rathbone fouled on the edge of the area but Ellis put the free kick over the bar. More Coleshilll pressure saw Sphinx keeper Dutton make two good saves the second with his feet.
But Sphinx started to play the better football and this payed off when Kiembi turned on the halfway line and ran at the Coleshill defence and as they backed off Kiembi played a ball wide to McGarrity on the right and he crossed the ball into the area for Harkin to score shooting across Paul Hathaway into the far corner 0-1.
Sphinx were now on top and had several chances to increase their lead but failed to capitalize and Coleshill started to get into the game and good play by Curvin Ellis released Reece Leek down the right but again Dutton saves the effort.
However it was Sphinx who scored as a quick free kick 30 yards out was played into Harkin free in the area and he coolly beats Paul Hathaway 0-2. The last action of the first half saw Andre Gonzales run through but he shot wide from 20 yards.
After a poor first half Coleshill had to improve and within five minutes of the restart they scored when a corner from the left was met with a fine volley from 12 yards by Craig Milligan, 1-2. But Sphinx are not deterred and good play down the middle to Downes saw him shoot wide. Then a Sphinx attack down the left and a cross to the far post found Harkin unmarked to score his hat-trick, just inside the post 1-3.
Coleshill then attack down their left as Dean Rathbone played in Josh Quaynor and his low cross was met by Danny Tymon but his shot was blocked and cleared to safety. Coleshill make two substitutes with Gio Dainty and Rob Evans replacing Curvin Ellis and Tom Fishwick and Gio Dainty was straight into the action when he played in Reece Leek down the right and his cross finds Mykel Beckley but again Dutton saves. The keeper then made another save from Mykel Beckley and Dean Rathbone put the rebound over the bar. Coleshill then got some reward as a ball out of defence was controlled by Mykel Beckley and he played it back to Dean Rathbone who played a defence splitting pass into the path of Mykel Beckley who side footed the ball past the advancing Dutton for 2-3 and game on.
Coleshill were now on top but couldn't break down the Sphinx defence and they are not helped when a long clearance found Harkin free on goal but a good save by Paul Hathaway kept them in the game. Gio Dainty then saw a volley go wide from a good Craig Milligan pass, Mykel Beckley was then put through on goal but missed just past the post. As Coleshill press for an equaliser Sphinx played another long ball from a free kick over the Coleshill defence to that man Harkin and this time he didn't miss to score his and Sphinx 4th goal 2-4.
With only a couple of minutes left it looked like game was over but a long pass found Reece Leek who managed to stab the ball under the advancing Dutton to score 3-4. Coleshill did all the pressing and a long throw by Tom Weale found Rob Evans in the 6 yard area but he headed straight at Dutton who easily saved. This was the last action of the game and so the game finished 4-3 to Sphinx.
Another bad day at the office and Coleshill need to up their game next week to stop Alvechurch winning the title at Pack Meadow.
A View From The Other Side
A Match Report Taken From Coventry Sphinx web site
http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/coventrys ... /1-2223588
Sphinx travelled to second placed Coleshill Town and returned with the three points after a thrilling game at Pack Meadow. Sphinx have hit good form in recent weeks and inflicted a first home league defeat on Coleshill since mid December. Harkin was the man of the moment again with all four Sphinx goals as Sphinx produced some scintillating football at times to come up with an impressive result.
The Sphinx form has coincided with a settled squad and they have overcome a period of suspensions brilliantly to provide some results and performances to be proud of. Just the one change for Stuart Dutton with Pierce Kiembi returning from injury to replace the unavailable Scott Lower. Reece Blackmore was also serving the last game of a suspension so a few tweaks were required to the way the team were set up.
The weather was wall to wall sunshine and the conditions were warm ahead of kick off. A sloppy start from Coleshill almost gifted Sphinx the lead as early as the 2nd minute. The Coleshill keeper hit a poor clearance and Woodward seized on it to drive a effort straight back at goal but the keeper collected the shot to save his blushes. Sphinx were looking to utilise the 3G pitch with their play but the first serious save came from Dutton in the Sphinx goal with a fine reaction keeping the scores level. Sphinx then produced a wonderful move from the back which delivered the opening goal. The move burst to life with a driving run through midfield from Kiembi and he then picked out the perfect pass for McGarrity on the right. McGarrity then looked up from his position wide of the box to pick out HARKIN on the edge of the box and his first touch took him past a defender with ease before he rifled his finish into the far corner from an acute angle. A delightful goal that would have graced a far higher level of football and topped off with a finish typical of a striker bursting with confidence. There are goals in this Coleshill side so Sphinx would need more to secure any kind of result and they went about looking for more now they had the lead. Downes threaded a great ball through the defence to send Kiembi away but he was thwarted by an alert Coleshill keeper. The next Sphinx opportunity soon came from a corner with Eggleton crossing the partially cleared ball back into the box and Woodward then firing back across goal again for Kiembi to head just over the bar. Coleshill responded by forcing Dutton to save with his feet as the game was developing into a really entertaining match. Sharp thinking from Woodward from a free kick put Harkin away but a rare miss-hit from him let off Coleshill just before the half hour mark. Coleshill never learned their lesson and minutes later the Woodward/Harkin combination released HARKIN through on goal and he made no mistake this time with a great finish across the keeper on 33 minutes. Sphinx were good value for their two goal lead and Lewis Hudson came close to adding a third just before half time when his free kick took a nick off the Coleshill wall and very nearly deceived the keeper as a result.
HALF TIME: COLESHILL TOWN 0 COVENTRY SPHINX 2
Sphinx were forced into a change at half time with the dangerous looking Pierce Kiembi being replaced by young striker Kyle Jaynes. A reshuffle was required in the team as a result of the substitution with Coleshill taking advantage of this by getting a goal back within 6 minutes of the restart. The Sphinx response was emphatic with the two goal cushion restored within 2 minutes. Harkin claimed his hat-trick goal and he had Kyle Jaynes to thank for the assist. A burst of powerful running down the left from Jaynes got him to the by-line and his lofted cross to HARKIN lurking at the far post gave Harkin the chance to secure his second hat-trick in two games with an accurate finish into the bottom corner. Coleshill then exerted a spell of pressure which ultimately led to them getting a goal back again with Beckley making it 2-3 in the 67th minute. Sphinx had played some really good football but now was the time to show us their character. They did just that with Coleshill pushing hard for the equaliser. Sphinx defended well and when Coleshill did get through they either couldn't beat Scott Dutton or produced wayward finishing. Sphinx remained a threat going forward and it was that man HARKIN again who got the fourth goal on 84 minutes which looked to have sewn up the match. Typical of the match, Coleshill wouldn't lay down and they reduced the deficit to just one goal again on 88 minutes to set up a tense finish but Sphinx had done enough to take a superb three points away from Pack Meadow. Once Sphinx had gone in front, Coleshill never got level again and whenever Coleshill threatened to get back in the game Harkin put another goal away in response. A thrilling game to watch and a performance to be proud of from the Sphinx lads today.
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