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Moors youngsters on target

GOALS in either half from Solihull Moors yougsters Marvin Johnson and Liam Doyle helped Birmingham County FA win the County Youth Cup final.

GOALS in either half from Solihull Moors yougsters Marvin Johnson and Liam Doyle helped Birmingham County FA win the County Youth Cup final.

Hot-shot Johnson opened the scoring against Kent at Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium but his strike was cancelled out just before half time.

Howeveer midfielder Doyle scored the winner in the 82nd minute to give Martin Sweeney’s side their third cup in the past ten years.

The manager heaped praise on the players admitting that they deserve all the credit they receive.

Birmingham got off to a flying start when Johnson smashed home past Kent keeper Deren Ibrahim after four minutes.

But it was 1-1 five minutes before half-time when Kent counter-attacked from a Birmingham corner and Sam Cliff clipped the ball over Moors keeper Ian Kimberley.

Birmingham, however, snatched the trophy with a rehearsed free-kick move eight minutes from time. Hednesford Town’s Jamie Osborne chipped in behind the defence and Doyle volleyed home.

There was further misery for Kent in the final minutes when Harry Harding was sent off for a lunge on Johnson.

Sweeney said: “We like to think that it means something to Birmingham. It will give everybody a lift, the League and the players and we’re lucky enough to have 10 of those players available next year.”

 

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