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8th May 17
Moors Triumph in Midland Junior Premier League Cup
Young Moors Win Cup with Ease

 Southam United Under 18 (0) 0 Solihull Moors Under 18 (2) 3

Getting to a Cup Final is always exciting. It is doubly exciting when it is the first Cup Final for your Football Academy in its first season. All the Academy players and staff joined the playing squad on the Team Coach. By the time we arrived at Rugby Town Junior’s excellent ground in Kilsby Lane there was a sense of quiet confidence.

Ten o’clock on a Saturday morning is an early time for football, especially when the team has to travel to Rugby from Birmingham. It had meant an early start for all present. To add to the problems, the weather was not only changeable, but very cold. Coats, gloves and scarves were the order of the day. It certainly did not deter the Moors Under Eighteen squad who were obviously raring to go.

The large crowd were treated to a rather one-sided, but entertaining game. From the first to the last whistle, these Young Moors were well on top. Right from the off, Moors mounted their first attack. It would be the first of many. Bour made progress on the left and pulled back a centre, unfortunately it was just behind Bere and United were able to clear. But it was a warning for the boys from Southam.

Bour won a Moors corner, from which Moors managed a double header, saved by the ‘Keeper. Then Batchelor was wide from distance. It was all Moors, with United managing rare attacks. Yet when they did, their number nine proved himself to be quite a nuisance.

A fierce shot from Rodney Kouakou was pushed over for another corner, Medford robbed the defender and was only thwarted by a last ditch tackle.

United did split the Moors defence to set up a great chance, only for the off-side flag to ruin things for them. Another shot from Kouakou was blocked and the impressive Medford won yet another corner for Moors.

There was a moment of controversy when United defender deliberately handballed to prevent Bour bearing down on goal. The card was yellow, much to the annoyance of the Moors support. Mention of the Moors support is apt. The noisy support for the lads from the Auto Tech Group Stadium, was loud, but never descended to disrespect for United.

These young Moors continued to win a succession of corners and on at least three occasions Kouakou cut into the United Area, only to be frustrated by a save tackle or poor shot. Just after the half hour though he found the net. He danced through the area and rode a couple of tackles to beat the ‘Keeper from six yards. It was no more than he, and the Moors deserved. The celebrations were exuberant and loud.

United tried to respond and forced three successive corners, from the final one Forrest made a very good save. But the Moors were not finished and Bere was wide from way out before Medford was brought down for a Penalty. Captain Batchelor made no mistake and everyone went for a cup of tea with Solihull Moors under Eighteens two to the good.

Both Managers made sure all the players in the squad who were fit, made an appearance, and Blessing Nhundu put in his appearance for the second half. He ran the United defence and at times, the mid field too, ragged. Although two goals behind, United did not keel over, but did their best to claw a goal back. Blessing’s speed was now a real factor in the game, and after Stevens had shot over from twelve yards, the next attack was brought to an abrupt end when Blessing received a shocking tackle. It earned the perpetrator a deserved yellow card. Blessing was laying on chance after chance for his forwards, but somehow they all came, and then went.

Eventually in the seventieth minute a Batchelor free kick was turned home by the impressive Medford to make it three. From this moment it was all over bar the shouting – of which there was plenty! Yet still United would not lie down. They kept trying to get that one goal that might just make all the difference. But it did not come for the Moors defence, marshalled by the Man of the Match Kyle Batchelor, held firm.

At the end, it was three nil to the Moors, and well deserved it was too. The celebrations were joyful to say the least, and the coach journey home very enjoyable.

The Moors Academy staff were all very proud of their charges. To win a cup in the very first year of the Academy is quite an achievement. Well done to all involved with Moors Academy.

Moors Squad: Jack Forrest; Ben Graham; Cirarn Lawless; Niall Laylor; Kyle Batchelor ©; Scott Mancell; James Medford; Will Taylor; James Bour; Jake Bere; Rodney Kouakou; Jordan Stevens; Michael Bridges; Blessing Nhundu; Ryan Coley and Ales Hamer.

 

Report from Ronald Crane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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