4th Jul, 2022

Substitute Ryan Harkin bags winner as Sphinx come from behind to beat Loughborough University

FOOTBALL: RYAN Harkin came off the bench to score what proved to be the winner as COVENTRY SPHINX came from behind to beat Loughborough University 2-1 in the Midland Premier Division.

Sphinx enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening 45 minutes but they were unable to convert their chances.

The hosts thought they had taken the lead when Brad Jones fired home at the far post but his celebrations were halted because of an offside infringement.

Loughborough looked sharp up front as they looked to make use of the channels but they too were not testing Scott Dutton on a consistent basis.

After the break Sphinx stepped up their search for the opener with Pidgeon wasting a chance on goal with 54 minutes on the clock.

Loughborough stunned Sphinx by taking the lead on 63 minutes when Ben Ward Cochrane converted a cross from the left.

While other Sphinx teams in the past may have slipped into their shell, the current side responded well and equalised on their next attack.

Reece Blackmore was the man who popped up in the box to head the home side level with 20 minutes remaining.

Manager Stuart Dutton wasted little time in throwing on striker Harkin as he sensed the match was there to be won.

Towers burst through the visiting defence before seeing his powerful shot superbly saved by Connor O’Keefe before Harkin scored the winning goal on 76 minutes.

The young striker had only been on the field for a couple of minutes before firing home an accurate finish at the far post to secure a fourth win in six matches.

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