Knowle 3 Stretton Eagles 1
KNOWLE advanced into the semi-finals of the Birmingham Vase with a 3-1 home win against last year’s finalists Stretton Eagles.
It was the visitors who started the brightest, having the majority of the early possession without really penetrating. This changed on 20 minutes when a quick Stretton throw-in caught the home side napping, resulting in an unmarked forward scoring at the far post. Knowle rallied with midfielders Matty Shakespeare and Stefan Abonandi controlling the centre of the pitch.
After 30 minutes Knowle drew level. Joe Smith cut in from the right and drilled the ball beautifully past the keeper after some good hold-up play from Jonathan Jackson-Berarey.
Knowle took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Tom Hyland smashed the ball into the net on the half-volley.
Knowle continued to dominate in the second half and were duly rewarded with a third and Smith’s second on 70 minutes.
It was a picture goal as the lively wing man connected with a bullet header after a fine run and cross from Jimmy Anderson. The Robins were able to see out the remainder of the game even though Stretton piled more bodies forward, but Knowle stood firm to claim their place in the semi-finals.