Coventry United 2 AFCW 4

AFC Wulfrunians produced a superb second half fightback to secure all three points after a come-from-behind 4-2 victory at Coventry United.


The game started well as Wulfs took a 6th minute lead following a massive scramble in the United penalty area. Jordan Harrison twice, Joe Daley and Mitch McDonald all had efforts blocked before Daley finally drove home from 8 yards out.


Coventry hit back and went close on the quarter hour mark when Lewis Rankin hit a fierce low drive that John Bateman did well to keep out before Tom Ray completed the clearance.


They went close again shortly after when a deep cross from the right was headed back across goal by Jamie Coleman and although David Moli managed to get a toe to the ball, he couldn’t quite divert it into the net.


Wulfs went close to adding to their lead in the 28th minute. Nicky Turton lofted a teasing ball into the middle which Brodie Williams met with a header that fell just the wrong side of the upright.


Coventry made the best of this let off by equalising just one minute later. Richard Palmer put in what looked like a goal saving challenge on Rankin, but the busy midfielder pounced on to the loose ball to fire home from just inside the area.


The home side could have gone ahead shortly after when Chris Cox led a quick break out and picked out Moli who in turn squared to Craig Reid but he blazed over as Bateman raced quickly off his line to put him under pressure.


Moli was then denied by Ray who threw himself in to block his effort after the big striker was well picked out by Rankin.


The former Liverpool, Wolves and England U17 striker wasn’t to be denied though as he fired Coventry ahead in the 41st minute. Moli showed great pace to meet a long ball down the left flank and cut inside before firing home a low, unstoppable shot from the edge of the area.


Coventry continued their good form at the start of the second half and Rankin went close to extending their lead but he dragged his shot across goal after more good work from Moli.


Rankin then twice went close with long range efforts and Wulfs were grateful once again to keeper Bateman who made an excellent save to deny Reid.


Wulfs showed their first bit of attacking intent of the second half just after the hour mark and it led to an equaliser. Turton produced a neat turn to take out two defenders before squaring to Harrison whose route to goal was adjudged to have been halted unfairly by the keeper and the young striker dusted himself down to score from the spot.


This goal revitalised Wulfs and they should have gone ahead shortly after when McDonald crossed to an unmarked Callum Parker but his header crashed back off the post and his follow up effort was saved at point blank range by Richard Morris.


As the game wore on it was Wulfs who looked the more likely to win and they took the lead with just 8 minutes remaining. McDonald released Harrison down the right and his deep cross was controlled and finished well by substitute Mitch Evans.


With the home side pushing forward in search of an equaliser, Wulfs hit them on the break in injury time to secure the victory. Turton broke clear down the right before squaring for the onrushing Evans to fire home from just inside the area.


FINAL SCORE: Coventry United 2 AFC Wulfrunians 4.