20th Feb, 2018

United overcome first half scare to pass first FA Vase test

FOOTBALL: A TRIO of second half goals helped Coventry United advance to the second qualifying round of the FA Vase.

Despite conceding first against Tipton at the Butts Park Arena, United fought back to claim another win in what is quickly becoming United’s most successful season on pitch.

In front of a crowd of 282, United were up against it in the opening half after Tipton – who play two divisions below Terry Anderson’s men – made a strong start.

Home forward Aaron Opoku created United’s first meaningful chance on 14 minutes when his strike from outside the penalty area was comfortably held by the Tipton keeper.

A near goal from close range provided the encouragement Tipton needed to open the scoreline when United keeper Behan miscontrolled a back pass – which fell straight to the feet of Tipton’s forward who put the visiting side ahead.

The Black Country outfit held out for the rest of the half, leaving United with work to do in the concluding 45 minutes.

It took Terry Anderson’s men just ten minutes after the second half got underway to level the scores when Chris Cox’s cross evaded everyone’s head before Opoku got the slightest of touches at the back post to claim United’s first goal.

The fortuitous goal sparked United into the game – and eight minutes later they were ahead when Josh O’Grady scored from inside the 18-yard box.

A tiring Tipton only conceded the game to United with four minutes to go when O’Grady bagged his second goal of the game to seal victory.

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