FOOTBALL: COVENTRY City earned their spot in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup after cruising to a 3-0 win against non-league Boreham Wood at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.
Goals from Marc McNulty, Duckens Nazon and Jordan Shipley sealed the win for the Sky Blues as City reached the competition’s third round for the first time in four years.
Nazon opened the scoring midway through the opening half before Marc McNulty doubled the Sky Blues’ lead 12 minutes later.
Jordan Shipley rounded off the scoring when he added City’s third minutes after the restart.
Despite being a league below, Boreham did enjoy the best of the opening chances.
Former City man Blair Turgott created a pair of chances for the visitors – both of which went begging as Lee Burge made two strong saves.
Mark Robins’ men responded to the early scare as Duckens Nazon did well down the left to find McNulty in the 18-yard box.
Though the Scotsman’s initial shot was saved, Wood keeper Grant Smith could only parry the ball to Nazon – who blasted City into the lead.
The Sky Blues failed to look back from there as McNulty later doubled Coventry’s lead when Smith’s decision to meet the ball outside the area proved to be a bad one – McNulty lofting the ball over the keeper’s head to double Coventry’s lead before the break.
It was soon three for Coventry as Jordan Shipley raced onto McNulty’s cross to score into an empty net and bag his second Sky Blues goal.
Shipley almost bagged a second moments later when a dipping free kick went just wide of goal.
Boreham Wood fans were in fine voice all afternoon and were almost treated to a goal with 15 minutes to go.
Andrade did well to work his way into an attacking area before attempting to find Shaun Jeffers, but Jordan Willis did well to block it and preserve the clean sheet.
Tom Bayliss entered the frame midway through the second along with Peter Vincenti, who came close to scoring his second cup goal of the season. His header was easily saved by Smith.
Max Biamou also came close to scoring when his close range effort went wide.
Coventry City XI: O’Brien (GK); Grimmer, Willis, McDonald, Haynes; Stevenson, Doyle (C); Nazon, McNulty, Shipley; Ponticelli.
Boreham Wood XI: G. Smith (GK), K. Smith, Ricketts (C), Wells, Stephens, Shakes, Champion, Murtagh, Andrade, Turgott, Holman
Attendance: 2,985 (595 away)