In the U12 final an entertaining game saw Park Hall U12s (Solihull SFA) beat Bishop Walsh Catholic School (Aston Erdington & Saltley SFA ) to win the U12 Travel Trophy 2 - 0, the first of the five All Birmingham Cup to be played this season.
The game was played in difficult conditions and, Park Hall, using the slippery conditions to their advantage, took an early lead through Callum Brown. Testing the Bishop Walsh keeper early on saw a shot sting the hands of Jack Higgs which he was unable to hold onto. Unfortunately for him ,Callum Brown scored on the rebound.
Bishop Walsh absorbed more pressure from Park Hall who grew in confidence as the game went on. However, Bishop Walsh had two huge chances to equalise from set pieces as Joe Johnston whipped in two dangerous free kicks to find scrambling legs at the far post. Unfortunately no one was able to get on the end of either.
Park Hall U12s
The second half saw more Bishop Walsh pressure and further attacking substitutions meant that Park Hall were put on the back foot. As Bishop Walsh threw everyone forward with minutes to spare, Park Hall hit back on a fast counter attack to score their second with last ditch tackle rebounding into the Walsh net making the final score 2-0 with Park Hall taking the trophy.
Smiths Wood U13s
Light Hall U13s
The Federation U13 Trophy was played at Hollyfields Sports & Social Club. Last years defeated finalists Light Hall met Smiths Wood School and both teams gave their all, befitting an all Birmingham final. Although Light Hall lifted the trophy with a comprehensive 6-0 victory , credit should go to Smiths Wood for their performance. Light Hall powered into the lead with a Tom Williams first half hat trick . Any hope of a comeback were dashed when Hassan Shah added a fourth early on in the second half. Smiths Wood continued to work hard to try and get something from the game, but as they tired, Sam Webb added a fifth, before '' man of the match'' captain Jack Wilson found the back of the net after a well worked move to seal a 6-0 victory and take the cup.
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The U14, U15 and U16 finals will be staged at Villa Park on Monday 12th May
U14 Trevor Gill Trophy 2:00 k.o Arthur Terry (Aston Erdington & Saltley SFA) v Bishop Walsh (Aston Erdington & Saltley SFA)
U15 Aston Villa Trophy 4:15 k.o. Archbishop Isley (Kings Norton & South Birmingham SFA v Grace Academy (Solihull SFA)
U16 City of Birmingham Cup k.o 6:30 CTC Kingshurst (Solihull SFA) v Smiths Wood (Solihull SFA)