Moors Academy 5 Coventry Alvis 0
By Luke Turner
Bradley Rice reports on a five star victory...
Moors Academy were a class above their opponents as they ran out 5-0 winners at home to Coventry Alvis on Saturday afternoon.
The Moors youngsters ran rings around a much more experienced outfit and in truth, five could have been 10, had the home side been more clinical.
With only five minutes on the clock, Moors skipper Ethan Sephton spurred the game into life. The full-back bombed down the left, beat his man, before cutting the ball back to the oncoming Dylon Bennett who finished with aplomb. 1-0 Moors.
Moors kicked on from there, and really should have been out of sight.
Sephton almost added a goal to his assist, but the keeper got down well at his near post.
Centre half Ben Kendrick then headed wide before Arman Kooshkoo’s cross narrowly evaded Rubyn Gill waiting in the area.
When the second goal did come, it was somewhat fortuitous. The strong wind caught hold of a Keziah Martin corner and the ball drifted over the Alvis keeper and into the net. A stroke of luck, but no more than Moors deserved. 2-0.
It was one-way traffic, Moors were quicker to everything and a threat from all over the park. Their next chance fell to the marauding Reiss McNally.
The right-back played a neat one two to find himself bearing down on the keeper, but he was unable to find the finish.
Further chances went begging for Gill and Bennett but, both were off target. As the half time whistle blew, incredibly Alvis were only trailing by two.
Moors were almost left to rue their sloppiness in front of goal, as after the break, Alvis began to grab a foothold.
As the rain lashed down, the game became a scrappy affair. Alvis started to make their physical presence known and the Moors backline were forced to survive a spell of pressure.
It was enough of a warning, for Moors Manager Sam Manoochehri to take action. He brought on the returning Mikkel Hirst and striker, Shuja Mahmood. It was an inspired substitution as the two made an instant impact.
Hirst flew down the left, his first cross was cleared but his second found Mahmood. The substitute’s downward header hit the bar but crucially, crept over the line. 3-0 and the home side could breathe a little easier.
The goal knocked the fight out of the visitors and Moors regained control. The home side adding gloss to the performance in the final ten minutes.
First Rubyn Gill chose placement over power, producing a cool and composed side footed finish from outside the box.
Then, Mahmood got his second of the game. Clean through on goal, he made no mistake, placing it into the far corner of the net. 5-0.
A comfortable win, and an emphatic score-line, although there is still room to improve. Moors really should have put the game to bed before half-time.
Their sloppiness wasn’t punished here but tougher tests await and other teams may not be so forgiving.