Birmingham Junior Cup - Semi Final
Blackwood Saturday 1 - 3 Silhill
AFTER just five minutes Chris Karim had a goal cruelly disallowed from Justin Perry’s assist, but the striker got his revenge on 21 minutes after scoring a great goal from the edge of the area.
Only six minutes later, Blackwood’s first real attack resulted in the equaliser. A corner from the Sils’ left reached Blackwood centre back Wayne Hall, who somehow forced Justin Perry into an own goal into the roof of the net. As the second half kicked off, Tommy Smith intercepted a pass and supplied Steve Smith, who just failed to connect and score a certain goal. 27 minutes from the end, a pinpoint right side cross by Andy McDonagh was half-cleared by an instinctive home head, but Jamie Rathbone was ideally placed to volley in the 2-1 and restore Sils’ lead.
Four minutes before the final whistle, Silhill’s all-action striker Smith was fouled by a desperate Blackwood defender. Karim took the free kick and majestically curled it into the top corner of the net.
Finalists for the third year in succession, Silhill will play rivals AFC Somers in the Junior Cup Final on March 27.
Birmingham and District AFA - Bill Hill Cup R3
Silhill (2nds) 1- 5 Handsworth GSOB (2nds)
A FIRST half hat-trick from Handsworth’s experienced centre forward Willy Mathews crushed Silhill’s hopes of retaining the Bill Hill Cup. A division higher than Silhill 2nds, Handsworth GSOB started off strong favourites. Despite this, it was Sils’ left midfielder Peter Andrews who broke through and scored a 40 yard stunner. But Matthews put away the next three goals, before Chris Etheridge prodded the fourth and Andy Etheridge the fifth, to see a handsome win for the away side.
Birmingham and District AFA -
Village 1 - 0 Shirley Athletic
VILLAGE took the lead after 15 minutes, when the unmarked forward finished calmly. The final ten minutes of the first half looked better for Shirley, and with a Steve Ruck cross met by Scott Kite’s downward header, only a superb save by the Village keeper denied Shirley drawing level. The disappointing result saw Village leapfrog Shirley into top spot of the Premier Division.