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22 Apr 2010 WSCF Kidderminster Harriers 2-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Worcestershire Senior Cup Final – Thursday, 22nd April 2010

Kidderminster Harriers 2 Halesowen Town 0

Halesowen were by no means disgraced as Blue Square Premier Kidderminster claimed the Worcestershire Senior Cup with two second half goals.

Leading marksman Stefan Moore missed the final with a hamstring injury and in a tentative start to the game Dean Bennett’s effort was deflected over the Halesowen bar. The visitors earned an early corner and Lee Fowler robbed Chris McPhee but just failed to find Scott Rickards with his subsequent pass. Visiting goalkeeper Nick Bussey then did well to deflect Lloyd Kerry’s 20-yard shot around the post in the 19th minute.

With the Harriers making the clearer chances, Marc Goodfellow’s cross flew across goal untouched after 24 minutes and a 36th minute header from McPhee was cleared off the line by Liam Daly. James Lawrie then skied the ball over the bar two minutes later. The Yeltz defence cleared a 41st minute corner following a poor back-pass from Sam Gaughran and shortly before the interval Bussey collected a Robbie Matthews header just under the bar.

At the start of the second period Goodfellow’s shot was blocked well by Daly. However, Kidderminster grabbed the lead in the 50th minute after the referee allowed play to continue from an Alex Cowley foul and Goodfellow crossed from the left-wing for LAWRIE to connect in front of goal.

The Yeltz played more fluently in the second period and substitute Lee Osborne’s shot was blocked to earn a corner after an hour. A minute later McPhee just beat Osborne to a long clearance from Bussey to head back to his own goalkeeper Dean Coleman.

But the Harriers made the trophy theirs in the 62nd minute when Brian SMIKLE cut in from the right to fire past Bussey from a wide angle and double the lead.

Halesowen stuck to their task and a 66th minute cross from Scott Rickards was turned away for a corner. Henry Eze pushed forward late on and his flying overhead kick fell just wide after 69 minutes. A fine flowing 72nd minute move involving Eze and Rickards then allowed Jimmy Turner to deliver a fine cross from the right with Osborne just failing to meet the ball.

The Yeltz played out the game with ten men after Lee Fowler left the field and Bussey saved at the foot of his post from Kerry in the 80th minute. Bussey then parried away Lee Baker’s 81st minute shot. Osborne blasted wide for Halesowen and Jay Denny headed an 86th minute free-kick from Rickards wide. Two minutes into injury time a shot from Kidderminster’s Kerry struck the outside of the Halesowen post and it was the Aggborough hosts who celebrated after being presented with the trophy shortly afterwards on the pitch.

Kidderminster Harriers: Coleman; Bignot, Sharpe, McPhee, Baker, Smikle (Knights 70), Bennett, Kerry, Goodfellow, Lawrie, Matthews. Unused Subs: Singh, Courtney, Riley, Prosser.

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Turner, Gaughran (Hood 70), Daly, Eze, Denny, Cowley (Morley 68), Rickards, Smith (Osborne HT), Fowler, Griffiths. Unused Subs: Bradley, Clarke.

Referee: M. Amphlett (Kidderminster)               

Attendance: 454

Booked: Griffiths (37), Eze (45), Cowley (50), Denny (90)

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