Coventry Alvis 3 Moors Academy 2
Moors cause their own downfall - by Ron Crane
Moors Academy fans will know only too well, the frailties of this young side. With barely fifteen minutes gone, the Moors left flank was exposed and the defence left for dead. The corner that resulted was not defended well and the ball rolled over the line, oh so slowly, from the boot of Evans.
Four minutes layer it was an attack on Moors left again that allowed Murphy to score from twenty yards. Two goals down and barely twenty minutes on the clock.
Nevertheless, Moors set about repairing the damage. There were pluses, numerous times they got to Alvis’ byline, but too often no cross was forthcoming, or they got into really good positions in front of goal, but then that extra touch allowed the home side to defend. It was not a good first half for the Moors, and having scored their goals, Alvis just packed their defence. I kid you not for much of the rest of the game their formation was 10 – 0 – 1. The young Moors could not break them down.
The second half began, but with a rejuvenated Moros side hunting Alvis down. It was at this point that the game turned nasty. We were to watch an ill-tempered, and ill-disciplined forty five minutes of football. The foul count against Alvis mounted. Every time a home player was tackled, he went down injured. There were more stops in the second half than on a bus route.
On five or six occasions (I lost count) there was a flare-up between players, with the home side the aggressor – mostly. None of these incidents resulted cards.
With eleven minutes left, McKanna hit a hopeful ball from the edge of the area, and it flew into Ben Maxwell’s top corner. It was all over, surely?
Moors had cause to appeal for, what many thought justly, a penalty in the first half, but there were three more appeals in the second half.
Eventually the referee awarded one. Nathan Binner scored. It was not over. Moors now swarmed the home area. The fouls became more frequent, the time wasting more intent, the flame-ups more serious. Something just had to give.
The Moors kept going, right through the ten minutes Mr Wright added. A lovely cross from the left one minute into added time, allowed Shuja to tap home. The final eight minutes were frantic with all that had gone before occurring again and again.
It all became too much for Jordan Clarke, and when he was “roughed-up” yet again, he lased out and kicked his opponent. The card was, of course red, and his aggressor saw yellow.
At the final whistle Alvis had their three points and Moors were left to lick their wounds. Sam Manoochehri said that his side needed to be braver and more clinical.
Moors: Maxwell: Mbuti (Jerome Clarke); Sephton (c); Binner; (83p); Kendrick: Thomas; Solomon (Martin); Bennett (Mahmood (90+1)); Jordan Clarke; Gill; McNally (c): Mbuti; Binner; Bennett; Parsons (Jerome Clarke); Gill (5); Solomon; Subs unused: Elie Ikwa & Bobbie Biddle
Next Match: Saturday 22nd September 2018 MAFC v Coton Green FC (League) at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Church Road, Boldmere. KO 3pm.