Shepshed Dynamo (1)
Shepshed Dynamo FC v Coventry United FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 3rd February 2018
Venue: The Dovecote Stadium
Attendance: Approx 100
Well hello one and all. It’s been a while since we last played a game and today we finally get a chance to blow away the cobwebs with a league encounter with Shepshed Dynamo FC.
Shepshed are currently sitting in 9th position in the league three places and 3pts in front of United before today. On paper it looks like an even match so should be yet another tough fixture and hopefully an exciting game.
United manager Terry Anderson in the last few weeks has seen players moving on and a few coming in so it will be interesting to see the starting line up in the quest to try and get united back on track and climbing back up the league table.
The referee gets the game under way and to be fair I’m surprised it’s got the go ahead at all with the state of the pitch. It looks really boggy in places but the game is on.
United venture forward early in the 5th minute when Robert Prinzel tried his look with a long range effort that drops just wide of the post. Stringing passes together is going to be very tricky on this pitch and mistakes are surely going to be made I’m sure.
United have started the more assured in these conditions and go close from a Tom James corner in the 8th minute when Robert prinzel’s header flies high and wide of the target. All the players are finding it hard to stay on their feet let alone play football and it takes until the 12th minute for Dynamo to force their first corner that thankfully is easily dealt with.
The first booking of the game is awarded to United’s Brad Jones in the 20th minute after pulling the shirt of Dynamo’s Amarvir Sandhu so he has to be careful now for the rest of the game in the difficult conditions. Brad Jones is soon in the thick of it again when a powerful run takes him into the area where he is looked to have been hauled down for what surely was a United penalty but the referee saw it differently and waved play on to the annoyance of the whole United contingent in the 22nd minute.
Both teams to be fair are trying to make a game of it and they should be applauded for that but the pitch is really cutting up as the game goes on. United create another chance from a Brad Jones free kick in the 33rd minute but the Dynamo keeper Denham Hinds punches his effort to safety. The first half is now drawing to a close as the Dynamo No8 Pierce Kiembi gets himself a yellow card for felling United’s Tom James in the 44th minute. Soon after the referee blows up for half time with the deadlock still unbroken.
DYNAMO 0 UNITED 0
The second half gets under way and United have made a change during the break by taking off Brad Jones and sending on Niall Rowe. Dynamo fly out of the traps and nearly take the lead in the 46th minute when they power forward and see the No7 Tom Hill hit the post with his stab towards the goal amongst a goal mouth scramble.
United start to press themselves and Robert Prinzel brings out a good save out of the Dynamo keeper Denham Hinds after some good approach play in the 53rd minute. Then Dynamo respond immediately when the No3 Liam Read crashes his header off the cross bar from a free kick in the 54th minute. This game is very even and highly competitive with both teams finding it hard to break the other down. The deadlock though is finally broken in the 55th minute when United’s Lewis Rankin does really well to work his way forward down the right. He rides a couple of chances before sending in a delightful cross into the area where United’s Shaquille McDonald connected sublimely to execute a fantastic side scissor kick volley that powered past the keeper for the opening goal.
DYNAMO 0 UNITED 1
That was a fantastic goal by anyone’s book and showed the quality we have in both Lewis Rankin and Shaquille McDonald. The game resumes and soon after it’s United’s Lewis Rankin who gets a yellow card for a tackle from behind in the 58th minute. The next minute sees Dynamo’s No7 Tom Hill also go into the book for hacking down Gift Mussa in the 59th minute.
United are starting to have the lion’s share of the possession and another chance is not long in coming when they win a corner in the 62nd minute. Rankin’s cross is met by the head of Robert Prinzel that brought a good save out of the keeper Denham Hinds.
United decide to make another change in the 65th minute when they take off the injured Tom James and send on Tommy Glasscoe.
Dynamo thought that they had equalised in the 72nd minute when the No7 Tom Hill scored with a delightful free kick but the referee ruled it out for a push on the United keeper Richard Morris.
The referee brandishes another yellow card to this time Dynamo’s No3 Liam Read for his challenge on Gift Mussa in the 77th minute before United make their final change of the afternoon in the 80th minute when taking off Lewis Rankin and sending on Kevin Thornton. Dynamo also make a change at the same time by taking off the No8 Pierce Kiembi and sending on the No17 Rheiss McLean.
The game is now into the last 5 minutes and United are certainly still looking to kill the game off with some penetrative approach play. They are rewarded for their efforts in the 86th minute when Shaquille McDonald latches on to a long up field punt by Ben Vallance. McDonald proceeded to run into the area before side stepping his marker and sending a lovely crisp shot past the Dynamo keeper Denham Hinds for a great killer second goal for himself and his team.
DYNAMO 0 UNITED 2
The game resumes but it’s not too long after before the referee blows up for full time and United finally get a full 3pts for the first time in a while to the delight of the travelling Red and Green Army.
DYNAMO 0 UNITED 2
In summing up this game I would have to say that this was a GOOD OLD FASHIONED SLOG OF A GAME. The condition of the pitch was not going to be conducive to good flowing football, but both teams did well to make this a very tense game right to the end. This was a game with very few chances really for either side especially in the first half that saw them go in at the break with the score still 0-0.
The second half saw both teams go looking for the opener and Dynamo were very unlucky from the re-start when they hit the post in the 46th minute. United though in my opinion looked like the team more likely to score and indeed they did in spectacular fashion with a fantastically taken goal by Shaquille McDonald in the 55th minute. The killer goal though came in the 86th minute with an equally spectacular solo effort by the impressive McDonald to grab himself a brace and his team the very welcome 3pts.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Dynamo No7 Tom Hill who was involved in almost everything they had to offer and was unlucky to see his wonder goal ruled out for a foul on Richard Morris.
For United this was a gutsy performance that saw every man dig in and fight for every ball and fully deserved their victory. Lewis Rankin did well on the sticky pitch and claimed a great assist for the opener, Shaquille McDonald scored a tremendous double to take his tally to 4 goals in three games and looks the real deal showing pure quality on the ball. Ben Vallance also had another terrific game and defended manfully throughout and also got an assist and narrowly misses out on the man of the match award that goes to Gift Mussa. Gift relished his chance to wear the armband and led by example with another no nonsense performance that has become the norm for him and fully deserves my award. Gift covered every blade of grass and ran through every mud puddle to guide his team to victory so very well played Gift Mussa.
Match Stats United Dynamo
On target (4) (1)
Off target (2) (3)
Corners (6) (2)
Free kicks (17) (18)
Yellow cards (1) (3)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (5) (3)