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Best performance still ends in a heavy defeat

Midland Football Alliance Coventry Sphinx 4 – 0 Highgate United

Midland Football Alliance Coventry Sphinx 4 – 0 Highgate United

FRUSTRATED Highgate manager, Marcus McDonald, was left scratching his head, after seeing his side play their best football of the season, but still finish on the end of a heavy defeat.

Still unable to field a settled team, with injuries leaving Neil Kitching, Michael Glynn and Tyrone Douglas unavailable, McDonald included Hednesford Town loanees Aaron Gibson and Adam Overton in his starting line up. Jake Brown hit an early chance into the side netting off Tom Reynold’s corner kick, but an even better opportunity to take the lead was squandered in the 12th minute when Gordon Swain failed from the spot after Overton had been hauled down. Gate continued to push for the opening goal, but were landed a sucker punch when Tom Muldoon looked well off side, crossing in for Adam Kinder to give his side a half time lead.

Immediately after the break Tom Giddings struck the woodwork with a cross from wide left, but despite continuing to play the better football, the visitors’ deficit was doubled 10 minutes later when Aaron Donaldson scored from close range.

Highgate again went close, Reynolds shooting just wide and Richard Deeming hitting the post, before Kelvin Phillips scored two late goals to see his side comfortably take all three points.

AFA Senior Cup – 3rd Round

Old Wulfs 3 – 1 Shirley Athletic

SHIRLEY took the lead on 23 minutes when the ever-threatening Steve Ruck fired in a low cross to the Old Wulfs near post, which ended up being turned into the home side’s own net.

Old Wulfs levelled mid-way through the second half when a deflected through ball caused keeper Darren Brown to deliberate, allowing the Old Wulfs striker a gift of goal.

Shirley were rarely troubling the Old Wulfs final third and were punished after they failed to clear from a throw in. As Shirley pressed for an equaliser they were caught on the counter attack for Old Wulfs third goal.

Silhill 5 – 1 Shere Punjab

A HAT-TRICK for the second week running by man-of-the-match Curtis Karim spelled defeat for an outclassed Shere Punjab on Saturday. Steve Smith opened the scoring on 38 minutes, after receiving a through ball from Karim. Karim then became the recipient of a good pass four minutes later, before finishing well. The same player got his second goal seconds before half time after playing a one-two with Karim. Six minutes into the second 45, Kavanagh hammered in for 4-0. Shere Punjab scored a consolation on 71 before Karim completed the rout.

Birmingham AFA Division 2

Silhill (2nd X1) 1 – 2 Desi

SILHILL speed king Justin Perry was chopped down midway through the first half as his team thoroughly dominated the fixture – Dane Morgan superbly putting the free kick into the top corner.

Just before the break however, visiting forward Simon Faure found space to tap in a fortuitous leveller after the ball was hoofed over the defence. The 2-1 decider came about in the last 15 minutes, when Danny Morris unwittingly put the ball into his own net, his clearance lobbing his own ‘keeper.

 

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