The last three All Birmingham Finals took place at Villa Park on Monday 12th May with all games being exciting and close
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U14 Trevor Gill Trophy Arthur Terry (Aston Erdington &
Saltley SFA) 2 v Bishop Walsh (Aston Erdington & Saltley SFA) 1
Arthur Terry U14 Trevor Gill Champions
Bishop Walsh U14 Finalists
This final saw local Sutton rivals Arthur Terry take on Bishop Walsh at Villa Park. Both sides started brightly giving their all never letting either side settle on the ball. Bishop Walsh took the lead in this game towards the end of the first half, with a superbly struck long range free kick by defender and man of the match Aidan Boyce. The score line stayed at 1-0 well into second half and not many would have backed a turnaround at this stage, as Arthur Terry’s attack and threats to level the match were continuously being stifled. However, Arthur Terry’s persistence eventually got the breakthrough they deserved when striker Josiah Francis’ finely taken shot from just inside the opponents penalty area found the back of the net to set up a thrilling final 10 minutes. With Walsh on the back foot and Terry on the ascendancy, the decisive goal came only a few minutes after the equaliser had been netted, via an unfortunate O.G that would have surely been slotted in anyway by Terry’s awaiting striker Sam Watts. The game was evenly contested from beginning to end and on the day it really could have gone either way.
U15 Aston Villa Trophy Archbishop Isley (Kings Norton & South Birmingham SFA) 4 v Grace Academy (Solihull SFA) 3
Archbishop Ilsley U15 Villa Cup Champions
Grace Academy U15 Villa Cup Finalists
Favourites Archbishop Isley started really well and were camped in Grace Academy's half, controlling possession and when the opening came Luke Perry took his chance to put Ilsley 1-0 up. This spurred Grace into action and they soon pulled a goal back through Brandon Jones. However on the stroke of half time, clever interchanging of passes from Ilsley's outstanding midfield duo cut the Grace's defence open and allowed Luke Perry to score his second. Ilsley continued to dominate at the start of the second half and Luke Perry had a hat trick to his name. Lewis Walters in the Grace goal then pulled off a brilliant double save to his team in the game. Grace's never say die approach earned them a goal when Brandon Jones found the back of the net after great control . Ilsley then stepped up their game and again slowly took control and hit a fourth goal again well finished by Luke Perry to put them 4-2 up.
On the big Villa ark pitch tiredness began to show in many players and in the last few minutes Grace scored a third goal again through Brandon Jones. The last few minutes saw Grace bombard the Ilsley goal in search of an equaliser. In the dying seconds an outstanding last ditch clearance from Mitchell Flores, saved the day for Isley and ensured they took the cup by the narrowest of margins 4 - 3
U16 City of Birmingham Cup CTC Kingshurst (Solihull SFA) 1 v Smiths Wood (Solihull SFA)1
CTC Kingshurst U16 Joint Bham Champions
Smiths Wood U16 Joint Bham Champions
The Under 16 Cup saw a match up between local rivals Smith's Wood and CTC, seperated by 1.5 miles in North Solihull. A nervous start saw both team giving the ball away easily as they adjusted to the excitement of playing at a Premiership stadium. Smith's Wood's nerves were settled when captain Brad Lindsey played Reece Hawkins through and he calmly finished past the CTC keeper to give Smith's Wood the lead. This gave Smith's Wood the momentum and they continued to press but could not get the vital second goal due to resilient defending from CTC. CTC started the second half more brightly and a strong spell lead to an equaliser by Tom Gamon, a headed goal from a corner. The game became more even and a midfield battle. Smith's Wood thought they had scored the winner when Zahid Ghafar slotted home but the assistant referee had flagged for offside as the ball was flicked on towards him. Another chance went begging when substitute Aiden Noor headed a cross from Harry Craven narrowly wide. As the final whistle went, no team was victorious, however good sportsmanship was observed for the sharing of the trophy. Special mention should be made of Brad Lindsey,and Reece Hawkins of Smith's Wood, and Gurdev Riyat and Christian McCardle in the heart of the CTC defence, all of whom had outstanding games