Birmingham County Junior Cup Final
Silhill 3 - 1 AFC Somers
ON Saturday in a packed Ray Hall Lane stadium, Silhill made it two victories out of three appearances in as many years in the Junior Cup Final.
It was a brilliant team performance by everyone in a Silhill shirt on an afternoon to remember - and of great credit to their experienced managerial partnership of Steve Powell and Andy Masters, assistant coach Billy Pears and their team captain and man-of-the-match Darren Lea.
Their opponents AFC Somers of Halesowen, scored a shock opener in the eighth minute through Jack Skellern.
Hope flickered for the Sils ten minutes before the interval when Steve Smith spotted a tiny gap in a heaving melee of players and fired the equaliser through it.
Yet tragedy was to strike Sils just three minutes later when their centre midfield Danny Morris was stretchered off with a fractured tibia (shinbone) following a 50-50 challenge.
Two minutes before half time, super sub Steve Powell supplied Curtis Karim, whose awesome rocket shot was saved by the netman’s feet yet leathered in by an unfortunate Darren Fox to give Silhill a vital 2-1 lead.
With 26 minutes remaining in the final, Curtis Karim won and scored a penalty to create a bit of breathing space which lasted up to the end.
Midland Football Alliance
Highgate United 0 - 1 Tipton Town
DESPITE a good performance against fifth placed Tipton, Highgate were unable to breach the second meanest defence in the league.
A game which looked to be heading for stalemate was settled when Dan Campbell scored following a moment of hesitancy in the home defence.
Birmingham AFA - Premier
Shirley Athletic 5 - 1 Cresconians
THREE second half unanswered goals gave Shirley a much needed three points, as they try to improve their faint title hopes.
Ben Ince got them off the mark, before, with the Cresconians keeper well out of position, Mike Mountford coolly lobbed into the net.
Cresonians pulled one back with 15 minutes of the first half remaining but Richard Learnihan put Shirley 3-1 up in the second half, before substitute Craig Wilson added a fourth. In the final five minutes, Scott Kite’s header was parried by the Cresconians keeper, only for Kite to follow up and score.
Birmingham AFA - Division 2
Silhill (2nds) 5 - 2 Sutton United (3rds)
IT WAS satisfying for fast-improving Silhill Reserves to rack up a rare 5-2 triumph on Saturday at home to the old enemy Sutton United.
Birmingham AFA - Division 3
Cresconians (2nds) 1 - 4 Silhill (3rds)
Shirley Athletic (2nds) 2 - 2 St Pauls