Academy reach Cup Final

Report and reaction from a tense 2-1 win for Harriers…

Harvey Cartwright in action against Milton Keynes.

Harriers Academy netted themselves a place in an ECFA Cup Final at Walsall with a nail-biting 2-1 extra-time win over Milton Keynes on Monday.

The Reds were ahead early through Reiss Taylor-Randle who, on 18 minutes, chased a lost cause and nipped in to take the ball beyond the goalkeeper before firing it into the net.

It remained a tense afternoon against strong opposition, however – Harriers facing the holders of the competition at COSE.

Past the hour, Taylor-Randle and Dutton were both denied what looked to be certain goals thanks to a splendid performance by the shot-stopper who was keen to make amends for any part he’d played in the earlier strike.

Five minutes from the end, the visitors equalised with a powerful drive into the far corner of the net to set up extra time. It was a 20-minute period that the hosts started perfectly, Kian Kang’s pull-back tucked away by Cian Fenlon to spark wild celebrations.

Kang himself almost made it 3-1 seconds later, only to see his effort cleared off the line. Harriers finished strongly to ensure they’ll head to the Bescot Stadium for a final next month.

Reflecting on the strong finish to the tie, match-winner Fenlon told the Academy YouTube channel: “We went into extra time and I think we outplayed them then; the only way [it] was going to end was with us winning the game.

“I was happy to get the winning goal. We kept going, and that’s the most important thing.”

It was yet another fantastic victory for our Academy set-up that continues to go from strength to strength.

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