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20 Mar 2007 WSCSF Stourbridge 1-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Worcestershire Senior Cup Semi-Final – Tuesday, 20th March 2007
Stourbridge 1 Halesowen Town 1
Halesowen were all square at 1-1 after extra-time but ended up beaten 4-3 after sudden-death penalties as the first competitive game between the two near-neighbours in over ten years saw Stourbridge reach the Worcestershire Senior Cup Final. Junior Brown struck at home goalkeeper Lewis Solly in the first minute but the Yeltz were caught cold when their defence failed to clear in the 2nd minute and Leon BROADHURST struck a low drive into the net from the edge of the area to give Stourbridge the lead.
Despite Stourbridge’s eagerness, Halesowen gradually improved to enjoy the better of the remainder of the first period with Alex Cowley working down the right to shoot wide after 6 minutes. Gary Knight headed a Lee Williams corner over the bar on 10 minutes and Paul Devlin struck over the bar four minutes later. Davion Hamilton then put the ball just over the bar from a 21st minute right-wing cross.
The Yeltz levelled when Devlin’s right wing cross was cleared but Jason POWELL pressurised and robbed a defender before lobbing over Solly from 20 yards. A minute before the interval some neat play saw Brown lay the ball off for Devlin but Solly made a good blocking save.
But it was the Glassboys who then looked the better side when three Halesowen substitutions after the break left the visitors looking short on experience and quality. Nathan Bennett flashed the ball across goal on 50 minutes and Andy Wells squirted wide three minutes later. A cross from Jamie Rogers was then tipped over the bar by visiting goalkeeper Chris Jay on the hour. For Halesowen, substitute Graham Hyde’s free-kick led to Aaron Daniels shooting over from 20 yards in the 70th minute. In the final minutes of normal time substitute Aaron Farrell headed down for Devlin to volley wide on 83 minutes and Farrell’s 87th minute shot on the turn was collected by Solly. Stourbridge almost snatched a winner right at the end of normal time but Jay made a great save after Knight’s short back-header fell to prolific substitute Mark Bellingham.
Jay then kept the scores level at 1-1 with a series of fine saves during the extra-time period. Bellingham pulled the ball back from the left for Ryan Mahon on 93 minutes but Jay raced back across goal to make an exceptional stop. A minute later Jay was well behind a Bellingham shot and in the 115th minute Jay tipped the substitute James Dyson’s effort around the post after Powell lost out in midfield.
Stourbridge began the following penalty shoot-out with Bellingham scoring before Hyde’s first kick for Halesowen was saved. Mark Jones and Hamilton converted their kicks but both Dyson and Rob Warner saw their kicks saved before Rogers and Powell stepped up to score to leave the tally at 3-2 to Stourbridge after the fourth penalty. Paul Moore blasted Stourbridge’s fifth penalty high over the bar leaving Devlin to level at 3-3 after the normal five penalties. In sudden-death, Tim Nicholls converted and Stourbridge progressed through to a cup final clash with Evesham United when Solly saved Farrell’s weak effort.
Penalty shoot-out:
Bellingham – scored - 1-0
Hyde – saved by Solly – 1-0
Jones – scored – 2-0
Hamilton – scored – 2-1
Dyson – saved by Jay – 2-1
Warner – saved by Solly – 2-1
Rogers – scored – 3-1
Powell – scored – 3-2
Moore – over the bar – 3-2
Devlin – scored – 3-3
Nicholls – scored 4-3
Farrell – saved by Solly 4-3

Stourbridge: Solly; Slater, Brookes ©, Jones, Broadhurst (Nicholls 43), Bennett, Moore, Rock (Dyson 105), Wells (Bellingham 71), Mahon, Rogers. Unused Subs: Collins, Ford.
Halesowen Town: Jay; Warner, Haywood (Daniels 48), Williams © (Hyde 66), Knight, Hillman, Cowley, Powell, Devlin, Brown (Farrell 56), Hamilton. Unused Subs: Forsdick, Dormand.
Referee: W. Barratt (Bromsgrove)
Attendance: 388

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