A difficult night at The Grove……
By Luke Thompson - 20/09/2017
Posted 3 years ago
Harriers U18s bowed out of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night – losing 2-1 against Halesowen Town in the First Qualifying Round.
In a close and scrappy start under flood lights at The Grove, The Yeltz took an early lead after a cross from the right was headed in by Dan Danks who found space at the back post on eight minutes.
Harriers had an effort cleared off the line in the eleventh minute as they pushed for an equaliser. Cory Wrench met a cross from a corner and headed towards goal, but two Halesowen players got back to the line to scramble the ball away.
Halesowen then doubled their lead after 31 minutes through Matt Nicholds. The full back spotted Mountjoy off his line and hit a speculative effort from the the left touchline. The Harriers keeper back peddled but the shot swerved and dipped just under the cross bar.
On 39 minutes, Harriers captain Conor Wilcox ran powerfully past multiple challenges before firing a low effort across the keeper, but he was able to get down to hold the shot well.
Harriers started the second half with an exrta spark of creativity, Kian Kang trying his luck after 47 minutes from range – his shot was powerful and just inches over the bar.
The attacking pressure paid off for Harriers after 51 minutes as Reis Taylor Randall pounced on a ball breaking loose in the penalty area after some great build up play – stroking the ball calmly into the bottom corner.
Lewis Collier almost levelled the match after 65 minutes following a defensive mix up. The Harriers striker was in the right place at the right time, but the finish from 10 yards was just wide.
Creative winger Tom Smith got on the end of a great through ball in the final minute of the game and chipped the ball over Halesowen stopper Gregory, but the ball dropped agonisingly over the bar.
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