St Andrews FC 0-2 Coventry United FC

Midland Football League Premier Division

Coventry United came out on top in an enthralling end to end game against Leicester neighbours St Andrews FC. The game may have gone slightly differently should lady luck have been smiling more favourably on St Andrews after a sliding interception from Lewis Hudson almost resulted in an own goal, the ball instead hitting one upright before bouncing onto the other and clear when the game was delicately poised at 0-0.

United were creating chances of their own with Josh O’Grady having a dipping shot tipped over early on and Mikel Beckley hitting the post from a close range header after a marauding run and cross from full-back Pierre Moudime. Half an hour in Coventry broke the deadlock. O’Grady received the ball just inside the St Andrews half and picked out a slide rule through ball to the waiting Ben Mackey who made no mistake with a clinical finish. United have looked a far more balanced unit recently coinciding with Mackey’s introduction into the first team and an impressive haul of 5 goals in 5 games.

After gaining the lead United put their hosts under sustained pressure often resulting in a misplaced final ball or spurned half chance. Mackey shot wide from an O’Grady square ball and Beckley laid a through ball to Hudson following a mazy run only for St Andrews goalkeeper Shane Antcliffe to save well from the resulting shot.

As the second half got underway Beckley and O’Grady were tormenting regularly from both flanks and it would be only a matter of time before the red and greens doubled their lead and settled the game with 10 minutes left. Another penetrating run from Hudson saw the ball eventually fall to O’Grady who set himself just inside the 18 yard box before firing neatly into the far corner.

Overall a solid away win against a tough and in form St Andrews side. United have looked much improved in their last 3 league matches and given the amount of signings made over the Summer, and in recent weeks, it would seem that the team have finally found their rhythm. Beckley had his most accomplished performance yet and gave the opposition left back a torrid time throughout the match, O’Grady looks back to his best form from last season, whilst young 17 year old full back Lewis Hudson looks a tremendous prospect on this display.

Shots on target (9) (2)
Shots off target (6) (6)
Corners (3) (4)
Free kicks (11) (24)
Yellow cards (2) (4)
Red cards (0) (0)

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