Coventry United 1 –
Westfields 1 – Cox
Coventry United win 5-4 on penalties
WESTFIELDS BOW OUT OF VASE
Westfields fell at their first hurdle of the FA Vase when they were agonisingly beaten on penalties 5-4 away at Coventry United on Saturday in the 2nd Round proper.
Westfields had also been eliminated from the FA Cup this season by Coventry United and were looking to gain revenge but wasted several opportunities to have won the tie both in the 90 minutes and in the penalty shoot-out.
Westfields were without leading goal scorer Josh Hunt for the second Saturday in a row and again paid the penalty for missed goal scoring opportunities as they outplayed the home side at times but failed to convert in front of goal.
New signing Jamie Bird looked good and he and Dan Stoneman forced saves from the Coventry keeper, then Harrison Summers got onto the end of a Richard Greaves pass and rounded the keeper but his shot hit the post with the goal at his mercy.
Coventry too had their moments and Ian Havard saved well from point blank range then from a free kick an opportunity was missed at the far post.
After a goalless first half Westfields should have opened the scoring 3 minutes into the second half when Bird laid on a perfect pass to Greaves who was through on goal but the marksman hit his shot inches wide of the post.
After that Matt MacDonald, Jamie Bird and Greaves had chances before Dominic Perkins fired home after Havard had punched clear a free kick.
The game was set up for an exciting end when Westfields hit back and when the clock was ticking down on came Cawley Cox and the youngster equalised when the Coventry keeper failed to hold a Bird 25 yard screamer Cox was on hand to equalise and send the game to penalties.
In the shoot-out Westfields still had chances to have won it as Coventry missed the target on three occasions but the Coventry keeper redeemed his team mates by making 3 saves in sudden death and Coventry went on to win 5-4.
|November 20, 2021||3:00 pm||FA Vase||2021 / 2022||90'|