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REPORT: Coventry City 5-0 Maidstone United

City progress into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup...

26 February 2024

Match Reports

REPORT: Coventry City 5-0 Maidstone United

City progress into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup...

26 February 2024

Ellis Simms scored a hat-trick as the Sky Blues booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Simms struck three times in the first half to help City see past Maidstone United in the fifth round of the competition.

There was also time for Fabio Tavares to score twice, as he wrapped up the win.

First chance of the night fell to the Sky Blues and to Haji Wright, as the ball broke to him inside of the area and he struck the ball on the turn and forced Lucas Covolan into a smart stop.

The ‘keeper could do nothing to prevent Ellis Simms firing City in front, as he latched onto a through ball from Kasey Palmer and slotted the ball under the Stones number one.

The striker had his second and Kasey had his second assist a few minutes later as this time he found the bottom corner with a first-time strike on his left foot.

City were looking to put the game out of sight and a counter-attack enabled Palmer to pick out the run of Wright but his shot was deflected behind for a corner.

A corner then provided City with their next opportunity, and it fell kindly for Fabio Tavares on the volley, but his shot whistled past the post.

Simms completed his hat-trick just after the half-hour mark, latching onto a Covolan save from a Palmer strike and firing the ball into the back of the net for his and City’s third.

A shot from distance by Victor Torp was the next strike from the Sky Blues, but this time the Maidstone shot-stopper produced the stop.

Seconds before the break, Liam Kelly had a go from range, but again, the Stones ‘keeper made the save.

HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 5-0 Maidstone United

Callum O’Hare was introduced at the break for Haji Wright and he was straight involved in the action, unleashing a strike that the ‘keeper saved well.

The visitors had their best chance of the game and it fell to Lamar Reynolds, but he could only manage to find the side netting.

After creating three goals himself, Palmer was on the hunt for a goal and he could’ve had it, had it not been for a save from Covolan down to his left.

Josh Eccles was next to try his luck, striking an effort on target, but it was held onto by Lucas Covolan.

The game was wrapped up less than five mintues from time, as Fabio Tavares scored twice with five minutes remaining and in injury time.

FULL-TIME: Sky Blues 5-0 Maidstone United

Goals: Ellis Simms 9’, 14’, 35’, Fabio Tavares 87' 90'

Attendance: 26,857

Sky Blues Xl: Ben Wilson (GK); Joel Latibeaudiere, Bobby Thomas, Liam Kitching, Jake Bidwell (Dasilva 77’); Liam Kelly (C), Victor Torp (Eccles 66’), Kasey Palmer (van Ewijk 66’); Haji Wright (O’Hare 46’), Ellis Simms (Godden 66’), Fabio Tavares.

Subs: Luke Bell (GK), Luis Binks, Jay Dasilva, Callum O’Hare, Matty Godden, Milan van Ewijk, Josh Eccles, Dermi Lusala, Kai Andrews.

Maidstone United Xl: Lucas Covolan (GK), Reiss Greenidge, George Fowler, Raphe Brown (Ezennolim 69’), Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong, Sam Corne (C), Lamar Reynolds, Manny Duku, Harry Kyprianou (Hoyte 69’), Sam Bone, Liam Sole (Gurung 69’).

Subs: Harry Earle (GK), Gavin Hoyte, Chi Ezennolim, Riley Court, Sam Smith, Bivesh Gurung, Perri Iandolo.

 


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