Darren Eggleton leaves it late as injury-time winner earns Coventry Sphinx a win at Stourport Swifts - The Coventry Observer

10th Aug, 2022

Darren Eggleton leaves it late as injury-time winner earns Coventry Sphinx a win at Stourport Swifts

FOOTBALL: COVENTRY SPHINX came from behind to beat Stourport Swifts in dramatic fashion in the Midland Premier League on Saturday.

Reece Shilvock thought he had rescued a point for the home side after scoring a late goal to make it 2-2 after Sphinx had gone ahead thanks to goals from Ryan Harkin and Dominik Alleyne.

But Darren Eggleton popped up with the winner three minutes into injury-time to earn Sphinx their fifth win of the season.

Chances were few and far between in the opening period with the first notable effort coming on the half-hour mark when Brad Jones saw his powerful drive pushed over the bar.

Jordan Fesel shot over the bar before the home side went in front against the run of play on 31 minutes when Aaron Lloyd his the bar with a header but he fired the rebound past Scott Dutton in the Sphinx goal.

Stuart Dutton introduced Harkin and Alleyne at half-time and it proved to be an inspired double substitution.

Just eight minutes into the second half the chances had a desired effect when the two played combined before Harkin’s shot was saved but he reacted quickest to score the rebound.

Sphinx had their tails up now and within six minutes of the leveller they went in front with Alleyne switching from provider to scorer as he headed home at the far post.

The visitors were showing no signs of sitting on their lead but Stourport were a constant threat and Dutton came up with a smart low save to keep his side in the match.

The game was end-to-end as it entered the final 15 minutes with Towers seeing a header well saved and in stoppage time a free kick into the box was placed into the top corner of the net by Reece Shilvock

It was a hammer blow for Sphinx but there was still time for Sphinx to deliver a long ball into the box which dropped to Alleyen who crashed a shot against the bar and Eggleton seized on the rebound to snatch a dramatic Sphinx win.

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