Tudor Grange Claim U14 Trevor Gill Trophy & Lode Heath Are Villa Cup Champions
The last two All Birmingham Finals took place at Villa Park on Tuesday 26th May with both games being exciting and close affairs.
U14 Trevor Gill Trophy: Plantsbrook (Aston Erdington & Saltley SFA) 3 v 4 Tudor Grange (Solihull SFA)
In a game that could have gone either way, it was Plantsbrook who started more strongly and looked particular dangerous on set plays but it did not take Tudor Grange too long to get into their rhythm when they deservedly took the lead. Following a set piece by Joe Summers from which Adam Bourn pounced on a ball that was not cleared to give Tudor Grange the lead. The goal spurred Tudor Grange on and took control of the game with their players now settled into the occasion. A change in tactics enabled Rajan Nijjar to play a through ball to Joe Summers who slotted it to Adam Bourn who calmly finished. Despite the confidence gained by Tudor Grange from the second goal, Plantsbrook continued to appear dangerous when going forwards and had a couple of good opportunities from a number of set plays which narrowly went over the bar. However in the closing minutes before the half-time whistle Tudor Grange broke again with Adam Bourn completing his first half hat-trick when he reacted the quickest..
With the second half underway Tudor Grange were immediately put on the back foot as Plantsbrook came out quickly, applying pressure , gaining a corner within the first minute, and creating a number of opportunities as in in the first half .Plantsbrook got their reward when Josh scored from an excellent set play. Overcoming the early set back in the first half, it was clear that Plantsbrook had come out with a plan that was now paying off with a number of opportunities being blocked by some excellent defending by Alex Grimes and Mark Canning. Tudor Grange continued to defend and were forced to absorb the pressure being applied, but then managed to counter Plantsbrook attacking intent, when George Dawson broke with the ball. As the referee waved advantage, George then played an excellent pass for Joe Summers who slotted the ball past the keeper. Plantsbrook continued to apply pressure on Tudor Grange and Villa Park witnessed a special goal from man of the match Callum King who volleyed the ball passed Connor Mapp from 25yards out. The game started to open up with a spell of dominance from both sides, Tudor Grange missed two excellent opportunities, both from dangerous balls played across the box, meanwhile Plantsbrook composed themselves and Kyle Bates hit a third goal goal past Tudor Grange to make the last 5 minutes a nail biting experience for both sides. Tudor Grange defended well and despite a fantastic effort by Plantsbrook, Tudor Grange held our to become Trevor Gill Champions
U15 Aston Villa Cup: Lode Heath (Solihull SFA) 3 v 2 Lordswood Boys (Kings Norton & South Birmingham SFA)
In an eagerly contested game, Lode Heath started brightly with Alex Jones rattling the crossbar after only two minutes. Lode Heath continued to press and attacked with verve and purpose. It was Lordswood, however, who took the lead with a counter attack,which saw akeem Rose slide the ball past the onrushing Elliot Pearson in the Lode Heath goal.The goal did nothing to quash the Lode Heath spirit. They continued to work hard and were rewarded for their endeavours when left winger Josh Parsons arrowed a shot into the far corner from the edge of the penalty area.
After the restart, the two teams continued in the same vein and the game continued to be very close. Lode Heath looked more solid at the back and effectively repelled the counter attacks that Lordswood mounted.Ciaran Hope worked tirelessly up front and was rewarded for his efforts when he was felled just outside the area. Up stepped Josh Parsons, now playing at left back, to delightfully curl a free kick from 20 yards into the far corner.Lordswood showed great character to get back into the game when their left winger cut a pass back to Akeem Rose, who turned and fired past Elliot Pearson for his second goal of the game.
There was to be a final twist in what had been a fantastically contested encounter. With only five minutes remaining, Lode Heath began to exert more pressure on the tiring Lordswood defence and it was after a flowing attack that the ball broke again to Josh Parsons who struck a beautiful half volley from 25 yards into the far corner. The goal capped off a man of the match display for the wing back. There was almost more drama as Lordswood attacked in the final few minutes but had a shot superbly saved by Elliot Pearson and Lode Heath held out to lift the Villa Cup trophy.