FOOTBALL: SCOTT Kite inspired Shirley to a 5-a-side tournament win as pre-season started early for the AFA District Premier League side.
Hot-shot Kite was the goal machine in the group stages as Shirley cruised through unbeaten.
Ferndale were the opponents for the quarter-finals and Kite put Shirley ahead early on.
After a quick equaliser and extra-time the game was decided on penalties and former Solihull Borough left-back Steven Ruck bagged the winner.
Goals from Kite and Ruck steered Shirley through to the final against Pilkington XXX Youth which proved to be a much tougher affair.
After falling behind in the opening stages, midfielder Ben Ince equalised before half-time.
And as the tie headed for extra-time, Ruck broke Pilkington's hearts with a late winner to give Shirley the win.
Shirley Athletic will officially start pre-season training at 1.30pm on July 12 at The Glades, Lugtrout Lane. Anyone interested should call 07908 728859. ..SUPL: