Harriers crowned U21s play off winners!

Harriers pick up end of season silverware!…

Harriers U23s were sealed a superb first season in competitive league action with victory in the Total Motion Midland Football League U21s play off final.

Harriers qualified for the final following the completion of their season in the U21s West competition of the Midland Football League, which resulted in a first placed finish.

The opponents would be Bedworth United, who finished top of the U21s East competition, with the match taking place on 11th May at Lye Meadow, Alvechurch.

Harriers flew out of the blocks and opened the scoring after just ten minutes from the penalty spot – Ethan Freemantle being fouled in the area before stepping up and sending the keeper the wrong way.

Ten minutes later, Harriers had the ball in the net again via an Andy Haynes cross which evaded everyone, and bouncing past the keeper – the linesman, however, had his flag up for offside.

Seconds later, Shane Lowth had a chance to finish following a quick free kick which set the striker free, but the keeper pulled out a fine-diving save to deny him.

The rest of the first half would see both sides struggle to create any further real chances, and this would continue into second half before Bedworth were reduced to ten men on 68 minutes following a tackle on Freemantle.

As the game began to become increasingly heated, Bedworth were reduced to nine following a collision with Darragh Lowth.

Harriers found the net through S. Lowth after 81 minutes, finishing low from close range after being played through by Knori Scott, but again, the linesman had his flag up.

Bedworth almost grabbed an equaliser on 86 minutes as a lofted free kick was headed up and over Kyle De Garis, and just inches over the bar, but Harriers would hold on to claim the silverware!

Following the game, U23s coach Scott Mason was visibly delighted with the result, saying: “I’m absolutely buzzing for the lads – they’ve won the U21s West league and they’ve given it everything.

“Since the league season finished I’ve been telling them to finish the season on a high – there is no point winning our league if we don’t go on and win this play off final.

“Every single player, even the ones who weren’t involved today, have played a part this season.

“The lads are only getting better and the pathway from the Academy, up to the U23s and through to the first team -it’s there, and I’m proud of every single one of them”.

WATCH: The celebrations, as well as the full post match thoughts of Mason and defender Harry Higginson on our YouTube channel.

This article is about: Academy, Youth


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