On the hottest day of the year, neighbours Alderbrook and Tudor Grange Under 12s played out a tightly fought contest in the final of the all Birmingham Individual Schools cup, which ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time meaning that the cup was shared.
This was a fair outcome for a high quality and intensely fought game between the two neighbouring schools, featuring some exceptional individual performances on either side.
Tudor Grange started the brighter and had long spells of possession in the opponents’ half. However, it was Alderbrook who took the lead after 15 minutes with Josh Ratcliffe coolly slotting home from 10 yards.
Ten minutes into the second half however, Tudor Grange upped the pressure and found the breakthrough when Cameron Ford nipped in to finish tidily past the onrushing keeper.
This momentum brought a sustained period of pressure, but Alderbrook battled to stay on level terms.
Both teams had chances to finish the game in normal time but the match went to extra time.
Alderbrook found another gear and created two excellent chances to win the game, one of which rolled goalwards as Tyreece Clarke-Jones beat the keeper but saw his finish cleared off the line. Next it was Tudor Grange’s turn to come close by hitting the post after a goalmouth scramble. Eventually, it really was the case that neither side deserved to lose and potential heartbreak for one team was avoided by the teams sharing the cup. Both sets of players deserve an awful lot of credit for their committed performances as do the match officials.