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Zuniga Bags Two In Reserves Win

Peruvian striker Ysrael Zuniga welcomed his wife to England by scoring the reservesí winner within minutes of her arrival at Highfield Road last night.

Senora Frecia Zuniga flew in from Lima to join her husband in his English adventure and was whisked to the stadium just in time to see him slide the ball into the net.

It was not his first goal in England however. Unknown to Frecia at that time, he had already become the first Peruvian to score a goal at Highfield Road when he grabbed a 42nd minute equaliser against West Ham United.

The reserves won 2-1 after a compelling second half performance which did not allow West Ham a single shot on target.

The Hammers included the England international defender Neil Ruddock and half a dozen of the youth team that comprehensively beat Coventry in the FA Youth Cup Final last season.

But though the visitors took the lead in the 31st minute through Jimmy Bullard, following a piece of sloppy defending, they seldom troubled a Coventry defence well marshalled by Mo Konjic.

All eyes were on Zuniga, however, in his first match at Highfield Road and he did not disappoint.

He took a ninety minute buffeting from Ruddock, but earned his revenge in the best possible way by scoring both Coventry goals.

The first in the 42nd minute was from close range. Chukkie Eribenneís shot ricocheted off a defender to the Peruvianís feet, and though he was closely marked by two defenders a quick body movement opened up a gap and he fired low and hard into the net.

His second in the 78th minute was a typical poacherís goal. His darting run was spotted by Robert Betts who threaded through a pass and the little South American's cheeky dummy left the goalkeeper on the seat of his pants before tapping in the winner.

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