December 4, 2012
Final score - after penalties
Spot-kick joy for Sky Blues
Coventry clinched a place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Area semi-finals with a 4-1 win on penalties against Sheffield United after the match finished 1-1 in normal time.
In a tightly-fought contest at the Ricoh Arena, it took a Harry Maguire own goal in the 57th minute to break the deadlock, but United drew level in the 80th minute through David McAllister.
An even first half saw Richard Cresswell shoot over the crossbar for the visitors in the first minute, while Coventry goalkeeper Joe Murphy did well to repel Michael Doyle's long-range volley.
The home side broke the deadlock just before the hour mark when midfielder Steve Jennings ran beyond the Sheffield United defence and was found by James Bailey.
Jennings' cross was aimed at David McGoldrick but was turned into the net by centre-back Maguire.
United drew level with 10 minutes to go when Doyle's shot was parried by Murphy and McAllister reacted first.
Maguire's night got even worse when it came to penalties as he saw his spot-kick saved by Murphy and then Ryan Flynn blasted over, allowing John Fleck to send Coventry through.
|Coventry City||Sheffield United|
|1 Joe Murphy||25 George Long|
|24 Richard Wood||6 Matthew Hill|
|25 William Edjenguele||30 Marcus Williams|
|21 Cyrus Christie||2 Darryl Westlake|
|39 Blair Adams||5 Harry Maguire|
|11 Gary McSheffrey||8 Michael Doyle|
|12 Steven Jennings||7 Ryan Flynn|
|8 Carl Baker||16 David McAllister|
|32 Franck Moussa||26 Callum McFadzean|
|38 James Bailey||17 Richard Cresswell|
|31 David McGoldrick||19 John Cofie|
|13 Chris Dunn||Danny Coyne 35|
|2 Jordon Clarke||Diago De Girolamo 36|
|10 John Fleck||Daniel Philliskirk 22|
|16 Adam Barton||Jordan Chapell 21|
|19 Roy O'Donovan||Joe Ironside 24|
|John Fleck for Franck Moussa (76)||Jordan Chapell for Callum McFadzean (66)|
|Joe Ironside for Richard Cresswell (71)|
|Diago De Girolamo for John Cofie (72)|
|· Squads: Coventry City | Sheffield United|