Park Hall & Tudor Grange Triumph In Villa Finals
The last two All Birmingham finals were held at Villa Park and both games proved to be very entertaining with all teams giving their all.
U14 Trevor Gill Trophy
Park Hall School (Solihull SFA) 7 v Langley School (Solihull SFA) 1
West Midlands Champions Langley met highly rated Park Hall in the Trevor Gill final with Park Hall looking for a hat trick of All Birmingham titles. Both teams started brightly and Langley's Jacob Mellon had 3 early chances, but unfortunately could not convert any of them. Park Hall found their feet in the game and started to make some promising link up play. Once they had opened the scoring through Kye Shewell they relaxed and began to dominate the game and romped into a 4 - 0 lead by half time with further goals from Reece Platt , Kaine Hayden and Mikkel Boone
Langley changed a few things around in terms of formation and personnel at half time but this did not change things. Jacob Mellon did grab a goal towards the end of the game, but this was nothing more than a consolation. Further goals by Lucas Powell, Kaine Hayden and Kye Shewell secured an emphatic 7-1 victory to secure the cup. The score could have been even more flattering if it had not been for Will Elvidge who was outstanding in goal for Langley
U15 Aston Villa Charity Cup
Arthur Terry (Aston Erdington & Saltley SFA) 1 v Tudor Grange (Solihull SFA) 2
If ever there was a game of two halves this was it. In the first half Arthur Terry totally dominated the game. Rajan Singh and Mitchell Oakley dominated the midfield area and frequently released Arthur Terry’s dangerous wide men, Adam Budz and Tom Hale. Despite dominating possession and territory, Terry rarely created a clear cut chance, although a couple of corners fizzed across the Tudor Grange box. It was from a corner when Arthur Terry took a deserved lead, captain Joe Maguire turning in from close range. Despite continued pressure, Tudor Grange defended resolutely and prevented any further score before half time.
The second half was totally different, Tudor Grange seized the initiative and were soon level. They managed to do what Arthur Terry had not, opening up the Arthur Terry defence and allowing their impressive striker Adam Bourn to calmly round the keeper Aiden Jeynes and slide the ball into the open net. Soon after, Adam Bourn created another good chance which Hayden Barrett, Arthur Terry’s substitute centre back, miraculously saved on the line. From the resulting corner, Alex Grimes rose to powerfully execute an unstoppable header at the back post allowing Tudor Grange to grab the lead.
Arthur Terry were tiring and while they desperately tried, they could not wrestle control from Tudor Grange. A few flashes from Solomon Nicodemou on Arthur Terry’s right created some concern, but Tudor Grange always defended with hard work and good organisation. The final minutes saw Connor Mapps make some key saves to retain the 2-1 lead and take the Villa Cup.