A DOUBLE from Coventry Plumbing’s Connoll Farrell double dumped Earlswood Town out of the Birmingham Saturday Vase in the club’s second visit to Coventry in the space of a week.
The narrow 2-1 defeat was Earlswood’s second elimination from a cup competition in four days, following on from a 4-0 drubbing in mid-week by Coventry Alvis – which provided a bittersweet return to action after 60 days without a fixture.
It took all of ten minutes for Plumbing’s top scorer Farrell to force Town’s defence into leaking a goal, which he did in remarkable fashion when looping an inswinging corner directly into the net at the far post.
Earlswood fought back and appeared to haul themselves on level terms five minutes later, though the raising of the linesman’s flag cut short Matt Green’s celebrations.
But with the next chance that fell their way, the visitors made no mistake, with Jon Hamer applying a composed finish to level with his sixth goal of the season.
Tom Reynolds’ men were the side most likely to take the lead following the equaliser and continued to create chances up until half time, although it was Coventry who had the upper hand after play resumed.
Plumbing’s growing momentum eventually paid dividends as Farrell let fly a low drive from the edge of the penalty area and found the net with 20 minutes to play.
The visitors pushed on in search of a response, but were unable to prevent themselves from exiting at the second-round stage.
Earlswood host Lane Head in Midland Football League Division Two action on Saturday (2pm), which will prove only their seventh league fixture so far.