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Coventrians 2 Moors Academy 4
*Academy make hard work of victory - by Ronald Crane*
PUBLISHED: 30th Apr 17
Moors Academy made heavy weather of this victory. True, the playing surface was not what one would desire, bumpy and with grass rather too long; but the opposition had little for which to play, save pride. Moors got off to a bad start. As early as the second minute Willock made a terrible mistake to let Wigmore in. He beat Nitiri with ease to open the scoring for the home side. They were jubilant, a sign that this Young Moors side have become a scalp to be desired.

It was obvious that The Moors found the pitch difficult and to add to their woes, the home side pounced on every mistake. Then The Moors had a moment of luck. Montal Okoro was brought down in the Area and Josh Parsons made no mistake from twelve yards. This was the break the visitors needed, and from then on it was a different game. Three minutes later Marshall Willock headed home a Parsons Corner to take the lead. It was a real “old fashioned” Centre Half’s goal, powering the ball into the net from close in.

Yet Coventrians were not to crumple. With The Moors well on top the home side had chances, the best fell to Wigmore who slipped his marker to shoot, but was inches over. The Coventrians had two Corners in quick succession, the second of which was cleared off the goal-line. The home side were still looking for that Moors mistake on which to pounce. Bennett was the unfortunate player. His mistake nearly cost a goal, but Chester’s shot was well saved by ben Nitiri.

Another Penalty followed when Ryan Andrews was brought down in spectacular fashion, for Parsons to get his second from the twelve Year spot. As where neared the break, Moors pressed ahead with attack, A corner, then a Free Kick some twenty five yards out and just left of centre. Andrews and Willock combined, yet somehow the ‘Keeper kept the ball out and we changed ends with the Moors three to one in front.

Coventrians re-grouped for the second half, and Moors found the first minutes of the half uncomfortable. Things began to look bleak for the visitors as Coventrians held their visitors in defence, before Wigmore scored with ease when pouncing on yet another defensive error by The Moors.

Then came what ought to have been the decisive moment of the match, For some reason, best known to himself, with the ball about as far away as possible, he kicked Mikkel Hirst to the ground. Not so much a tackle, as an attack. Referee Metcalf had little option but to send the home number nine from the pitch. It was the second nasty incident for just prior to half time, Cuppelditch had been rather over-zealous on Jerome Clarke. On that occasion the Referee had seen fit to issue just a Yellow Card. With Coventrians down to ten men, surely the Moors would cut loose now?

Not a bit of it. Somehow the Young Moors seemed reluctant to take full advantage of their hosts. Sensing this Coventrians held their own until Kyle Mullally skipped into the Area to slip the ball under the advancing ‘Keeper to make it four to the visitors. He had received a very good pass from Jerome Clarke and the two were justifiably joyous.

Still the home side would not give in, and the Moors were unable to break them down, even though, because of injury to Hill when they had used all three substitutes, Coventrians had to play the final five minutes with nine men. The points go to The Moors, but credit to Coventrians.

On May Bank Holiday Monday, Moors Academy travel to Barwell to face NKF Burbage in their final MFL Division Three match of the season. Undefeated all season, and Champions, Burbage will be a tough nut to crack, but if they want that second spot, The Moors will have to crack it. Anything less than a win, and no points for Montpellier is the only way the Moors can secure second spot and promotion.

Moors: Nitiri; McNally; Hirst; Willock; Taylor ©; Bennett (Kouakiu); Clarke; Andrews; Okoro; Mullally(Medford); Parsons(Ojjih).


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