Last weekend saw our Premier Elite & Championship side compete in the FA peoples cup semi-finals at Starcity.
It was tough group for the premiership side to complete in playing against Aylestone Park, Northampton Town & Walsall college. Things started off brightly with a couple of break always but suddenly got caught out of possession and went 1-0 down. We persisted and just before half time Scott Langford made it 1-1. This game was very tough second half and it did finish 3-1 to Aylestone Park. None the less we knew we could rival these teams and the game against Northampton Town showed we can compete and drawn 2-2. Final game was upon us, we knew we needed a good win margin in order to make it through to the semi-finals. We had a fantastic start and went 1-0 up, the persisting paid off with a quick fire hat trick from Scott Langford. Piers Webster followed suit adding to the scoresheet. Game finished 4-2 eventually to Solihull Moors. Now it was just a waiting game to see if we made it through.
Championship side had a fantastic start by winning their first game 6-1, with Liam Palser as captain he made sure that the team kept on form for the following game. This however want to be and drawing the second game put the pressure on slightly in order to maintain progress in the competition, we fought and fought during the third game but it wasn't to be and did lose the game. It was the final game against Aston Villa that we needed to 'give it everything' and was hopeful to come out as winners. Luke price responded by scoring for Moors, being quickly cancelled out by Aston Villa. 1-1 with 5 mins to go and 1-1 turned into 2-1 Villa then wrapping the game up at 3-1.
Both teams represented Solihull Moors fantastically well and that was well shown on the pitch when playing. Huge credit to all involved but unfortunately our cup run has come to an end with both teams being knocked out the group stages.
We turn our attention to our under 16's who are playing their league games this week on the 2nd and our Premier Elite on the 9th.
Youth & Juniors
A very good weekend of results this week for The Moors teams!
The Saturday Section kicked off with the U10s team progressing once again for the 3rd time in the Spring Cup. A very comfortable 9:0 victory at home to Kidderminster Lions saw them cruise through to the next round.
Similarly the U11s A team managed to narrowly defeat Coventry Sky Blues 0:1, to see them safely through to the final stages of the Spring Cup also.
The Sunday Section saw the club gain 2 new sets of champions!
The U11s Lions kept up their unbeaten run in the Spring Trophy Purple Group, with a 4:0 home win against CCC’s to clinch the Spring Trophy title with a game still left to play, where nearest rivals Boldmere St Michaels lost their match, leaving it impossible to catch the mighty Moors team. Moors goals came from Mikel Browne (3), & Elliot Bradley, – with Bradley also claiming the Star Player award.
The U13s Lions team, after being mentioned almost everyweek for the last few, finally clinched the Division 6 title, with a crushing 1:8 victory away to CCC’s, to not only win the league, but to gain successful back to back promotions! Goals from Pennant (2), Parker (2) Fleet, Robinson, Cashmore & an own goal, + Star Player awards going to Charlie Caffery & Diego Saleh, saw the lads across the finish line, & with 2 games still left to play & also STILL Unbeaten! – can they become the invincibles too?
We are getting bigger and bigger in our schools section even being approached by senior schools that would like us to go in and do some coaching with them.
We have employed some new staff and are looking forward to them getting started in the schools and continue the professional approach we deliver to all the schools we are assossicated with.
The Oaks School in South Birmingham are extremely pleased with the way the coaching is being delivered and are always tweeting about it. The team got the semi-final last week of the Year 4 & 5 tournament, narrowly missing out on the final.
St Patrick’s School are in the Semi-Finals of the Solihull Schools Tournament, being held next Thursday at Lode Heath School, having come 2nd in the small schools section last month.
We have arranged a couple of our U16’s Social Inclusion teams to play Manchester United on Tuesday 11th April during the Easter holidays at John henry Newman College. This was a huge success the last time these teams met in a tournament. The friendlies will show just how far our social inclusion sector has come as we continue to receive calls from professional clubs to bring their players to play us.
The Reserves competed in the BCFC Cup this week at Wast Hills, comfortably beating the Birmingham City U18s side 3-0.
The U19s played Hednesford Town at Boldmere St Michaels new 3G pitch Wednesday, but narrow were defeated 2-0.
The Academy Open Evening for the parents and students of the new first years and current academy students went really well. CTC academy showed all the students the facilities that would be available to them.
We are also having an Easter Trial on Thursday 13th April to take a look at new trialist and also give the other trialists an opportunity to make another impression. These new trials are taking place at CTC Academy Kingshurst, which is where they would be attending if they got in on the educational program.