Dominant Cogenhoe too good for Kirby.
Easy win as McBride, O'Connor and Dove all find the target in the first half.
Saturday 7th November 2018
FUTURE LIONS UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-PREMIER DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED (3) 3 v KIRBY MUXLOE (0) 0
Jake Stone made three changes to his starting line-up with Jack O’Connor reclaiming his place at the back after being cup-tied in midweek in place of the unfortunate Jamie Inwood, Zach Cunningham coming in for his debut in goal for Stuart Lutter (on a coaching course) and Charlie Hynam starting at left wing-back with Liam Tuck was also unavailable. Ryan Ansell returned on the bench as he struggles to shake off an injury.
Cogenhoe had the wind and rain at their backs as the kicked towards the village and were soon on top against a Kirby Muxloe team sporting their all yellow change kit. There was a big shout for hand-ball as Luke Stone played in a dangerous free-kick but the Cooks had to settle for a corner. Hynam took it and Ryan Dove rose to get his head onto the ball, but referee Ashley Baldock-Smith ruled that the Cooks skipper had fouled as he did so. O’Connor got his chest to an awkward ball midway in his own half and he reacted brilliantly to stretch in front of two yellow shirts to get the second touch and clear the danger.
Cogenhoe took the lead on eight minutes with a real beauty from Séan McBride from the edge of the box. Josh Melling had found Matt Long down the right and he sent over a cross that Adam Parry did well to get his head to, but it fell for McBride and he hit a cracking first time shot that beat Joe Home all ends up and went in off the underside of the bar, just inside the post to the keeper’s right.
Max Lowe played a free-kick into the Cooks box and it bounced dangerously before Dan Stevenson swept up at the expense of a corner, the first of a couple in quick succession that Lowe played in but they couldn’t trouble Cunningham as Cogenhoe defended well. O’Connor switched play with a lovely ball to George Barnell and he made a run deep into the visitor’s half before trying a shot from twenty-five yards out that hit a defender and ended up safely in the goalkeeper’s arms. Lovely passing from McBride and Dore sent Hynam clear on the left only for the Cook’s number three to be brought down by Kane Brown who became the first player to spoken to by the referee this afternoon. Hynam got up to play the free-kick into the box and Dove got his head to it under pressure from Jamie Cooper, but he couldn’t keep it on target.
It was mainly Cogenhoe, but Muxloe tried to break when they could and Joe Morrall was looking dangerous before Barnell made a well-time challenge to stop him getting clear on the left side. Long was having another great game down the right and he worked some space before sending over a good cross that Home clawed away from goal with Dove ready to nod home behind him and Stone was beaten to the ball as it ran loose in the box. Long set up Melling for a cross but it was cut out for a corner. Hynam played it over but it came off the top of Dove’s head and went wide of the far post.
Another good run down the right flank by Long saw him beat his man and send over a good cross, but Andre Williams beat Montel Dore in the air to head away. Stone did well to keep the ball in and Long took over, cutting inside from the right at pace and drilling in a low shot from just inside the box that was blocked by a defender. A Melling cross found Hynam just beyond the far post and his first touch was good but he had to settle for a corner as he was closed down quickly. Hynam took the corner himself and curled it to just beyond the far post where Jack O’Connor timed his jump to perfection and buried a powerful textbook header past Home to double the Cooks lead on the half-hour mark.
The first yellow card came shortly after the goal as Matt Long was brought down cynically by Tyler Love after he had beaten the Kirby man. Stone played the free-kick into the box and although it was headed straight back to him so he lobbed it back across towards the far post where Home claimed it above his head as O’Connor homed in on the ball. Another Stone free-kick, this time from a more central position, was headed bravely back across the box by Stevenson but Kirby managed to clear their lines this time.
The third goal followed on 36 minutes though and it was that man Ryan Dove with his fifteenth of the season. It came from another superb run and cross from Matt Long and Dove arrived unchallenged to bury his header from just outside the six-yard box and it was no more than Dove, or indeed Cogenhoe deserved as they continued to dominate proceedings.
In a rare moment down the clubhouse end, Cunningham came off his line quickly to slide to the edge of his box and clear the ball with Dan Barber giving chase, then a great ball from Parry gave Williams a run but O’Connor made a superb tackle to kill the move on the edge of the box. Lowe played in the corner and for the first-time n the match we had to defend deep in a good old-fashioned goalmouth scramble, but after several seconds of pressure the move ended with Morrall firing over from close range.
Dove got his head to a Dore cross but it went straight at Home, then O’Connor got his head to another Hynam corner but again couldn’t beat the keeper. The half ended with Love going for goal from distance, but it was several yards over the bar as it sailed into the car park.
Half-time; Cogenhoe United 3 Kirby Muxloe 0.
Charlie Hynam had the half’s first shot on target, a twenty-five-yard free-kick that the keeper palmed behind for a corner that Hynam again took, but O’Connor was adjudged to have fouled Cooper as he jumped on the edge of the six-yard box. Another Hynam free-kick saw Dove penalised as he jumped with the keeper while Brown went into the book for what was probably the sheer numbers of fouls rather than just this particular one. Dove headed a Hynam corner just over and then we saw the game’s first substitutions three minutes beyond the hour as Matt Long (limping after some rough treatment this half) and George Barnell made way for Tom Iaciofano and Alex Lowery respectively, while Kirby replaced Lowe with Jamie Merryman.
A good lobbed pass from Stone to Melling ended up with another corner, then good passing between McBride, Iaciofano and Dore saw the latter get the better of the full-back before sending over a dangerous low ball that was just begging to be buried but went across the box untouched. An Iaciofano cross saw Dove launch himself for an attempted diving header in the centre of the box before we saw the last change as Jamie Inwood was given the last thirteen minutes in place of the impressive Charlie Hynam.
A lovely touch from Melling out on the right saw him bomb down the flank looking for a return ball, but Dore chose to come and inside and make a thirty-yard run before going for goal from just outside the box, but his low effort was narrowly the wrong side of the near post. Stone went for goal form twenty-five yards, but it was twenty-five yards too high as well, then Iaciofano battled hard to get the better of his man in the box and cut across him to send the ball to the far post, but Dore’s volley was blocked inside the six-yard box. Iaciofano was proving a handfull and he won the ball before sending over a low cross that Joe Neal cut-out at the near post for another corner. Stone’s delivery was superb but although Lowery met it well at the far post, his powerful header flew the wrong side of the post. As they did in the first, Kirby had the final shot of the game as Williams sent his shot both high and wide and beyond the fence into the darkness and this summed up the visitor’s afternoon in many ways.
A very dominant and well-oiled performance from Cogenhoe United today and three thoroughly deserved points with the only criticism being we should have scored more than the three we did. The whole team deserves praise again making it difficult to pick out a man-of-the-match today, but my vote goes to Charlie Hynam who despite only recently getting back playing after an awful illness, slotted into a totally unfamiliar position and was unflustered all game. He also took some great set-pieces and could have had a number of assists today had we taken our chances too. Matt Long was again superb and hopefully he was taken off more as a precaution than because of the injury, as was Ryan Dove who got his goal today and got into the right position so many times during the game. Jack O’Connor pushed Charlie close again and is a natural footballer who clearly loves playing the game, while Zach Cunningham had a quiet debut in goal, but has a 100% clean-sheet record for the first team and did what he had to do on the few occasions the ball got that far forward. Séan McBride also deserves a mention today with a great performance topped off with his first goal of the season and he and Luke Stone always seem to play so well together in the centre of the park.
We have a midweek off at first team level this week and return to action with a trip to Desborough Town next Saturday as we have the chance to complete our first double of the season.
Cogenhoe United; 1. Zach Cunningham 2. George Barnell (sub 14. Alex Lowery 63) 3. Charlie Hynam (sub 12. Jamie Inwood 77) 4. Séan McBride 5. Jack O’Connor 6. Dan Stevenson 7. Josh Melling 8. Luke Stone 9. Matt Long (sub 15. Tom Iaciofano 63) 10. Ryan Dove © 11. Montel Dore. Sub not used; 16. Ryan Ansell.
Kirby Muxloe; 1. Joe Home 2. Adam Clark 3. Max Lowe (sub 14. Jamie Merryman 64) 4. Jamie Cooper 5. Kane Brown 6. Joe Neal 7. Adam Parry © 8. Tyler Love 9. Dan Barber 10. Andre Williams 11. Joe Morrall. Sub not used; 12. Adam Barker.
Referee; Ashley Baldock-Smith.