Wednesday 29th April 2015 @ Braemar Road
Erdington and Saltley 6 – 0 Sutton Coldfield
Team: Harvey, Shuan, Tyrese, Brandon, Sam, Hayden, Shilo, Kruize, Jermaine, Marc and Troy
Goals: Shilo x 2, Kruize x 2, Jermaine and Marc
At short notice, the boys pulled on their boots and took on Braemar neighbours Sutton Coldfield, with a place in the final of the Birmingham Schools FA Cup up for grabs.
The first half saw The Ton playing up hill and with the wind howling in our faces. However, despite the difficult conditions we still threatened the Sutton goal, most notably via Troy who was a constant thorn in the backside of the Sutton defence. Despite causing them problems throughout the first 15 minutes, the Marsh Hill wizard didn’t get the goals that his play deserved. Instead the first goal came through old timer Shilo who raced clear to score, only moments after picking himself up following a tough challenge or two. The St. Matthew’s pupil also played a part in the second goal of the game. Latching on to a Marc forward pass, he charged down on goal, only to be fouled. Despite falling to the ground, he managed to poke the ball forward to Kruize who finished for the third time in two games.
The half time team talk was based around the need for the team to maintain their great attitude and work rate. With Ty marshaling the defence, superbly supported by Brandon and Shaun, the attacking players could pour forward safe in the knowledge that The Ton goal was in safe hands! I’m not sure on the order of the second half goals, although I know Shilo and Kruize added a second each, whilst Marc bagged his second goal against Sutton in two games. However a special mention must go to Jermaine who was a total menace down the left hand side of the pitch and deservedly picked up a goal of his own, after some industrious work down the wing. A goal made and finished by the Lea Forest winger. Class! Several more chances came and went, with the crossbar rattled and a number of sweet crosses agonisingly missed. At the other end of the pitch, a clean sheet was earned to top off a great evening.
We now progress to Bodymoor Heath for the second season in a row.
This great season is fast drawing to a close, but there’s still a chapter or two left in these talented authors!
Man of the Match – Jermaine. Like a young Stanley Matthews!
Up The Ton!