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LEROY Robinson scored one and set up two as Shirley beat holders Silhill to lift the Birmingham Junior Cup.

LEROY Robinson scored one and set up two as Shirley beat holders Silhill to lift the Birmingham Junior Cup.

Nothing could separate the two sides in normal time who were competing in the first ever all-Solihull final since the famous old trophy was first awarded to Victoria in 1888.

Shirley took the lead after 13 minutes when Robinson crossed for captain Barry Morley to head home.

Silhill’s striker David Johnson had shot narrowly off target in the 24th minute and in the second 45 headed fractionally wide.

However, in first half injury time Sils’ centre half Jamie May rocketed in a well merited leveller, assisted by Matthew Foster’s surging leftside run and cross.

Andy Masters kept out Phil Rowe’s goalbound effort after the break and there was no way through until extra time.

Just before the end of the first period Robinson was again the provider as he crossed for Paddy Fanning to restore Shirley’s lead.

As Silhill piled forward gaps began to appear and Robinson took full advantage with just three minutes to go racing clear and wrapping up the win.

 

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