Blues stroll home in cup
14 September 2010
Gary Mills Lambs side took on a completely different look for the Birmingham Senior Cup tie against Birmingham City.
Three Academy players were named on the teamsheet with 16 year old Harry White making his first team debut, while 17 year olds Danny Hall and Troy Wallen took places on the bench after just three months into their two year course. Also named in the starting eleven was Stefan Oakes, Danny Elliot and Robert Hendry making their debuts.
City included goalkeeper Colin Doyle in the starting eleven, while three players who have featured in the Blues Carling Cup campaigns James O'Shea, Enric Valles and Nathan Redmond were also named amongst a mix of 1st year professionals and Academy players.
Blues kicked off the game with Tamworth attacking the Meadow Street End but the first action saw Connor rush out to deny Asante a chance. At the other end a Tait freekick was fumbled by Doyle with Wylde, wearing the number nine shirt, advancing.
in the 10th minute Connor did well to save a rasping drive from Asante and on 15 some skill from Valles allowed him to try a low angled drive from the right of the area but his aim was off and his shot skipped past the far upright.
A four pass move seemed to have set Sheridan up for an effort on goal on 16 but the flag halted play as he shaped to shoot.
Redmond brought a routine stop from Connor on 17 and he parried the same player's drive from the left on 27.
MacKenzie put the ball into Doyle's hands on 30 from the right of the box but Blues took the lead in the 32nd minute when Asante squeezed a low drive inside the left hand upright from 18 yards. (0-1, 32 mins)
A little nudge on Asante won Blues a freekick on the edge of the box on 43 which Redmond drove just over the bar and a fine ball from Ntwambe to O'Shea brought a fine stop from Connor shortly before the half time whistle blew.
Tamworth got the second period underway, kicking downhill and an Oakes freekick fell onto the head of Wylde, but the chance was cleared by a hefty Blue boot.
Kerr headed behind for a Lambs corner but when the ball ricocheted up and down for MacKenzie his shot disappeared into the night sky behind the Castle End.
Hendry won another flagkick by the tea hut and Blues looked to be breaking three on one until White intercepted well and stopped the move as quickly as it had started.
A great ball into the area from Oakes found the head of Wylde on 53 but it was just too long for him to direct on target however, Blues doubled their lead on 56 when Redmond curled a low shot inside the right hand upright beyond the reach of Connor. (0-2, 56 mins)
A foul on Wylde on the edge of the D set Oakes up with a left footed freekick but his shot went the same way as MacKenzie's earlier and into the trees behind the terracing.
Wilkson replaced Elliot just past the hour and Asante skipped into the area on 63 but shot wide of the near post however in the next move O'Shea drew Connor out of his area on the right, robbed the keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net from a tight angle. (0-3, 64 mins)
Tait put a header from a left sided corner into the ground and at Doyle on 68 before both teams mae double substitutions.
Sheridan was visibly struggling a minute later but all the Lambs subs had been used so undertook some treatment at the side of the pitch before coming back on and worked hard to get the ball forward for Thomas who won a freekick but the deadball from the right wing was flicked behind and out of play.
Blues added another goal on 74 from a flowing move saw Redmond find Asante unmarked in the area and he set up Valles to sidefoot home from a central position. (0-4, 74 mins)
Ozturk shot for goal on 79 and Connor parried it out for a corner which came to nothing and on 85 Asante almost got in the way of Connor's clearance from Lyttle's backpass but the keeper got it away just in time and it only took a deflection.
And so the final whistle blew on another season's run in the B'ham Senior Cup.
Connor^, Tait, White* (Thomas 68), Oakes, Lyttle, Mitchell, MacKenzie (Perry 68), Hendry^, Wylde, Sheridan, Elliot (Wilkinson 61)
Subs: Hall*, Wallen*
* = Academy Player, ^ = ‘Guest' Player
Birmingham City Team:
Doyle, Ozturk, Rowe, Newbury (Fleet 69), Kerr, Hutchinson, O'Shea, Valles, Asante, Ntambwe (Packwood 69), Redmond (Gombola 76)
Subs (3 only): all used
Man of the Match: Chosen by Polesworth Garage: Robert Hendry
Referee: M. Bingham