Academy: Reds romp to Cup win

Academy starlets shine in comprehensive Aggborough victory…

The FA Youth Cup

REISS TAYLOR-RANDLE struck a first half hat-trick to help fire Harriers to a comprehensive 7-0 FA Youth Cup win at Aggborough on Tuesday.

The Academy side were ruthless under the lights and put their opponents to the sword to set up a First Qualifying Round meeting with Romulus. Taylor-Randle’s treble was supplemented by further goals from Jaiden White, Harvey Cartwright (2) and Casey Collins.

The hosts had to be patient in the first period but were always in control of the game as they probed for openings, Taylor-Randle looking particularly sharp and opportunistic.

Just nine minutes in, Taylor-Randle forced a fine save from the Dudley keeper after being played in by the energetic Kang, while the former turned provider for White five minutes later, the ball being tipped over the bar in another neat save.

Two further chances presented themselves to the Harriers talisman before the 20-minute mark but stopper Irvine remained in good form – eventually powerless to prevent him opening the scoring, turning home a Fenlon cross midway through the first half.

Harriers, and in particular Taylor-Randle, then sensed blood and within a total of four minutes, the front man had racked up his hat-trick, pouncing expertly to captialise on chances as the visitors found him too much to handle – he even had time to rattle the bar in between his second and third goals, all coming before the half-hour.

The visitors had two chances to pull a goal back before the interval but spurned both through Rhodes, before Irvine again had to be at his best to thwart Harriers as he saved from Fenlon.

After the restart Harriers were again biding their time before netting – the hour mark bringing the fourth goal as Kang’s delivery was tucked away by White.

The home side remained in firm control in front of a strong crowd, containing Academy and first team players as well supporters, but while Cartwright and Wright went close as the half wore on, it wasn’t until the final ten minutes that the score was given an even more emphatic look.

Cartwright’s finish nine minutes from time made it 5-0, before doubling his own tally at the end of normal time with a fine finish for six, a Collins strike completing the rout.

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