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25 Oct 2016 BSC1R Halesowen Town 1-0 Tamworth PDF Print E-mail
Birmingham Senior Cup 1st Round - Tuesday, 25th October 2016
Halesowen Town 1 Tamworth 0
New signing Matt Birley marked his debut by firing Halesowen into the 2nd Round of the Birmingham Senior Cup with the solitary late goal, writes David Johnson.
Halesowen made five changes from Saturday's starting XI, while Tamworth boss Andy Morrell decided on four changes from his previous line-up and it was the Lambs who went close after just two minutes when a volley from Jed Davies was kept out at the foot of the post by goalkeeper Dan Platt. Davies then struck an 8th minute free-kick just wide from almost 25 yards out.
Birley was soon in action on his impressive first Yeltz game and his 13th minute cross-shot was collected by visiting goalkeeper James Belshaw before Birley fired wide again two minutes later.
Although Ross Dyer's header 23rd minute header shaved the foot of the Yeltz post after 23 minutes, the striker had already been ruled offside.
Belshaw made a superb reflex save low down in the 32nd minute to deny George Cleet after Kaiman Anderson's initial shot was blocked, allowing Delaney to pick out Cleet on the left of the area. Just before the break a corner from Aaron Griffiths was well taken by Belshaw and Kyle Morrison headed over from a Kyle Haynes free-kick.
On a bad night for the Lambs, Steve Tomassen was replaced early in the second half after becoming their second injury of the evening. Shortly afterwards, a 52nd minute shot from Greg Mills was deflected straight into the arms of Platt.
Birley continued to pose problems against one of his former clubs and his low 55th minute drive from 20 yards was well held by Belshaw. Four minutes later Anderson cut in from the left to fire another effort at Belshaw. But the Lambs also went close when Joe Clarke hit a dangerous 62nd minute cross along the Halesowen goal and Steph Morley ended a mazy run with his fierce drive clipping the top of the crossbar in Tamworth's best chance of the evening.
Halesowen found the winning goal in the 77th minute when Kennedy Digie held up play allowing Danny Bragoli to roll the ball on for BIRLEY to fire home from the edge of the area, with Belshaw only touching the ball on its way into the net.
Tamworth tried to recover from the deficit but came up against a resilient Halesowen defence. An 80th minute shot from Andy Burns was beaten away by Platt and a cross from substitute Aaron Opoku was cleared by acting captain Morrison three minutes later. In injury time Mills then crossed for Jack Lane to plant a free header over the bar.

Halesowen Town: Daniel Platt; Kyle Haynes, Aaron Griffiths, Mathew Birley (c), Richard Sho-Silva, Kyle Morrison, Daniel Bragoli, Kennedy Digie, Kaiman Anderson, Ethan Delaney (Jason Goddard 73), George Cleet (James Hancocks 81). Subs Not Used: Jay Denny, Asa Charlton, Jack O'Day (GK).
Tamworth: James Belshaw (c); Andy Burns, Steph Morley, Steve Tomassen (Luke Jones 49), Louis Ezewele (Ellis Deeney 35), Jack Lane, Greg Mills, Joe Clarke, Jed Davies, Ross Dyer, Connor Taylor (Aaron Opoku 81).  Subs Not Used: John Dodds, Kai Davis.
Referee: Sarah Garratt
Attendance: 216
Booked: Davies (75), Mills (85), Deeney (87)
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