Ellis Simms hat-trick ends Maidstone’s FA Cup dream

Ellis Simms scored a hat-trick in the first half to lead Coventry to victory over Maidstone, ending their FA Cup run. Despite Maidstone's impressive journey to the last 16, the difference in quality between the teams became evident. Maidstone's manager, George Elokobi, has praised their achievement, becoming only the second sixth-tier side to reach the last 16.

Ellis Simms Hat Trick Ends Maidstone's Fa Cup Dream

Ellis Simms played the role of a party pooper as his stunning first-half hat-trick led Coventry to victory over Maidstone, ending the National League South side’s remarkable FA Cup run. Despite Maidstone’s impressive journey to the last 16, including victories over Barrow, Stevenage, and Ipswich, the gulf in quality between the teams became evident against Championship promotion contenders Coventry.

Simms, a £6 million summer signing from Everton, capitalized on assists from Kasey Palmer to secure his hat-trick within the first 14 minutes, leaving Maidstone with a mountain to climb. Although Fabio Tavares added two late goals for Coventry, Maidstone’s adventure was effectively over by halftime. Maidstone’s manager, George Elokobi, has earned praise for the team’s remarkable achievement, becoming only the second sixth-tier side to reach the last 16.

Despite the defeat, Maidstone earned £450,000 from their cup run, earmarked for stadium improvements. Facing a formidable Coventry side boasting a £14 million strike force, Maidstone displayed resilience but ultimately fell short. Despite their exit from the FA Cup, Maidstone’s spirit and determination exemplify the enduring magic of the competition.

Here is the highlight video of Coventry City vs. Maidstone United, which ended with a 5-0 victory for Coventry City.

Ellis Simms

Ellis Simms

Forwarder, Midfielder

EnglandEngland

Age: 23

191 cm

kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 43 -1 Missed
Minutes 2450 57.0 Avg
Goals 13 0.3 Avg
Assist 1 0.0 Avg
Attempt 35 0.8 Avg
Passes 387 9.063.2% AvgSucc
Yellow 3 0.1 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 4 times for 252 minutes for FA Cup.

Ellis Simms scored 3 goals for Coventry City. He procured one assist. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 9th in FA Cup. In the last match Coventry City won 5-0 against Maidstone United. The next match in FA Cup will be against West Bromwich Albion.

Coventry City performance and stats

Coventry City

Manager: Mark Robins
Rank 8th
Win 17
Draw 12
Loss 13
Goals 66-52
Diff 14

In the last 4 games, it has won 3 times and drawn once. In its last match, Coventry City won 5-0 against Maidstone United.​​

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