The Sky Blues come from a goal behind to book their place in the FA Cup Second Round...
Two goals from Marvin Sordell either side of half time canceled out Dean Winnard’s opener as the Sky Blues progress to the second round of the FA Cup.
Within four minutes, the visitors thought they had the lead. Kevin Ellison capitalised on a loose ball in the middle of the park and as he ran towards goal he fed Lee Molyneux, his powerful left footed shot couldn’t be handled first time by Lee Burge, who had to dive back and save the ball off his own line. The assistant on the near side had his flag up to the brief delight of the away support but it was for offside.
However, five minutes later the Shrimps did have the lead. Molyneux won a free kick on the far side of the 18-yard box. Unfortunately for the Sky Blues it was déjà vu, the free kick was driven across and Morecambe’s skipper, Winnard, tapped home from four yards as he did in the first meeting just over a week ago.
City reacted well to going behind. Gael Bigirimana was involved twice in a good ten minute spell. The midfielder produced a clever backheel to lay the ball in the path of Kyel Reid, the winger connected well from 20 yards but Shrimps keeper Barry Roche was there to save. A few minutes later Bigirimana went for goal himself from range and drew another fine save from Roche who tipped around the corner.
The Sky Blues continued to press, Jodi Jones was next to try his luck as the 19-year old created his own space, cutting in from the right and he had Roche scrambling but his effort flew just over.
The pressure was finally rewarded just before half time, a Morecambe corner was punched clear by Burge to Kyel Reid. The forward chipped the ball over the oncoming defenders and found himself running into acres of space. 30 yards out in a three on two situation Reid made the right decision and cut the ball inside to Marvin Sordell.
The striker got the ball onto his favoured right foot and fired home from the edge of the box to cap a brilliant counter attack.
The Sky Blues had time to create one more chance before the break and nearly took the lead as Sordell twisted and turned inside the area before finding Jones, who fired low a shot inches wide from seven yards.
Coventry started the second half the same way they finished the first, on the front foot. A lovely early period of possessional play from the hosts ended with a Reid shot dragged wide, but was a good sign of intent.
The Sky Blues were beginning to find their stride as Burge started another Coventry attack. He threw the ball over halfway to Sordell, a little give and go with Vladimir Gadzhev was fed back into the path of Sordell, and the striker took a touch and slotted the ball home for his second of the night.
The game settled down into a pattern of long spells of possession for Coventry, while the away side tried to find a way back into the game. They were kept at arms length by a home side that looked the more likely to get the next goal. A fourth goal wasn’t to come and after an early scare the Sky Blues recovered well to progress to the second round.
Attendance: 2,175 (126)
Coventry City: Burge (GK), Sterry, Willis (C) (Rose 45'), Turnbull, Harries, Haynes, Bigirimana, Gadzhev (Stevenson 74'), Jones (G.Thomas 90'), Reid, Sordell.
Subs: Charles-Cook (GK), Wright, Lameiras Tudgay.
Morecambe: Roche (GK), Edwards, Winnard (C), Molyneux, Ellison, Wildig (McGowan 55'), Whitmore, Fleming (Murphy 69'), Jennings, Stockton, Rose.
Subs: Nizic (GK), Mullin, Conlan, Turner, Dunn.