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17th May 17
Romulus U18 (0) 0 Solihull Moors U18 (2) 5
Young Moors win the Cup!

This cup final had been much anticipated by both sides. It is a prestigious competition, given added meaning by its dedication to Joel Richards. A large crowd gathered at Boldmere St Michael’s Trevor Brown Memorial ground on the edge of Sutton Coldfield.

From the first whistle it was obvious that we were watching two accomplished sides. Yet with only two minutes gone Moors produced a cross from the right by Tyrese Shade, met by a fierce shot by Parsons that could not be held by Ben Brant in the Romulus goal. He, and his defence, were helpless as they watched the ball roll, ever so slowly, across the goal line to open the scoring for the boys in yellow and blue. This set the crowd alight. For the rest of the game the Moors were treated to loud and supportive vocal support.

Romulus were not to be outdone and forced a corner almost immediately. Marshall Willock had to clear the ball from the goal line. Nathan Hansard produced a great tackle well in his own Area before Romulus won another corner. This one was punched clear by Ben Nitiri. The team in red were doing all the attacking and the Moors found it hard to get out of their own area, let alone half. Yet this young Moors side does not panic. They just defended deep and with resolve led by Skipper Taylor. As the half progressed Hansard had, and kept, the impressive Dexter Walters in his pocket. The Romulus starlet was given precious few chances thanks to some excellent defensive play by Hansard.

Romulus had another scare when Graham and Brant got into a terrible mix, but they recovered before Romario Martin could intervene. Then the number nine had a shot from twenty yards that was saved. Martin harried the ‘Keeper, Graham cleared the ball but it fell to Kyle Mullally who hammered home from twenty yards to double the Moors lead.

The second goal gave the Moors heart, and they set about trying to press home their advantage, egged on by deafening support from the terraces. It seemed the whole crowd was supporting Solihull.

Some desperate defending kept Romario and Tyrese Shade out, but only just. This is not to say that Romulus did not have changes, they did. Sinclair was wide from distance, but in the first forty-five minutes they manages only one shot on target. Such was the dominance of the Moors back four.

The second half was rather different. Instead of two well-matched sides, we had Moors going for the jugular. Shade was brought down on the edge of the Area with only the ‘Keeper to beat. The card was yellow much to the chagrin of the crowd.

Romario Martin was now in full flood. He was giving Messers Graham and Dudley a real nightmare. Aided by Parsons, Shade, and Mullally the Moors forwards were having a field-day. Firm at the back, with Bennett and Andrews in charge in the middle, this was almost the perfect performance. At the hour mark, Josh Parsons passed to Mullally who headed home. Then we had a fallow period. The Moors had done enough, and Romulus could not claw themselves back. With twelve minutes remaining Hansard was replaced by Clarke to a standing ovation. It was well deserved. But: it was not all over, there was still time for Mullally to grab his hat-trick and Romario to score the goal his play so richly deserved.

Although the score-line would indicate that this was a convincing victory, the truth is that Romulus are an accomplished side. They hit the post twice in the final minutes, and at times forced the Moors to defend deep and well. But this was a well deserved victory. The party afterwards was as enjoyable as had been the game!

Moors: Nitiri; Hansard (Clarke); Hirst; Wollock; Taylor©; Bennett; Shade (Nhundu); Andrews; Martin [83]; Mullally {23, 59, 85]; Parsons (Medford). Subs not used: Coyle & Hamer. 


Report from Ronald Crane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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