Last second goal sees Baggies win Cup
29 April 2014
In the final act of the 2013-14 season The Lambs made the short journey across Birmingham to The Hawthorns for the final of the Birmingham Senior Cup to face the home team’s U21 squad. 17 years ago, The Lambs recorded a 3-0 victory over The Baggies to reach the Final of the same competition but fell to Burton Albion in the final meaning the last win in the competition had come in 1969.
The Baggies got the game underway and after a spell of home pressure Woolery made a run down the left but his ball into the box was cut out.
On 5 a pin point cross from Atkinson was headed strongly by Birch but he couldn’t keep the rising effort down and cleared Belford’s bar by a few feet.
Batis-Cande nearly finished a fine ball into the box from Caprice from the right but his shot was denied by Rose in the WBA goal.
Rose was on hand again on 8 to prevent a close range finish from a left sided corner which Richards-Everton powered goalward. Another corner as forthcoming on 11 but it was headed away at the far post and The Lambs kept up the pressure.
Peniket made a great run on 14 and pushed the ball through to Thornton on the left who then beat his man and forced a Rose to protect his near post but Evans was prevented a clear follow up by an infringement. Roofe struck a low hopeful effort from the right channel on 22 but it failed to test Belford and the Lambs keeper was happy to see the ball out past his right hand post.
A quick break for The Lambs on the half hour allowed Woolery to run at the home defence down the left but his final ball lacked power and Albion were able to clear. A rare attack from WBA saw Atkinson cross from the right for O’Neil to try and latch onto on 35, but he was unable to get a touch as it skipped out a few yards past the far post. Caprice’s ball into the box from the right on 37 caused problems for The Baggies back four but they cleared the danger and when Thornton fired in from the left wing Rose gathered easily. It took a fantastic reflex save from Belford to deny O'Neil's header from 6 yards out after a teasing cross from Ward on 40, proving that the young WBA side could produce the goods at a moment’s notice. Meanwhile, a low Peniket effort on 41 and a high cross from Evans found Reindorf on 43 but neither tested Rose too much.
Another great save from Belford denied the homes side opening scoring as one minute added time was shown at the end of the first half and the keeper punched the danger away before the whistle blew.
Tamworth restarted proceedings having made one change during the break and from a strong Peniket run down the left Thornton received the ball and lifted it into the box but Rose was untroubled despite the ball heading past his near post.
A long ball flicked into the path of Woolery on 50 and his cut back was cut out by the Baggies defence for a right sided corner.
Despite the pressure from the flag kick the home side surged to the other end and a right sided cross was headed wide of Belford’s far post by Jones on 53.
Thornton released Woolery with a ball over the top of the Albion defence on 57 and he managed to get a cross in from the touch line but Rose gathered it and a slip at the back allowed West Brom to advance at Belford in the next move but The Lambs defence cut it out.
A slip by Baker on the halfway line allowed WBA to advance at goal and Belford was beaten from 18 yards with low shot by Nabi on 58 (0-1).
The Lambs nearly equalised from restart as Thornton chipped for Woolery and his header went just wide of the far post.
It looked like Nabi may have got his second on 64 but he curled the ball just wide of the right hand upright.
Woolery and moreso Thornton forged a way through to force a right sided corner on 66 which fell to Richards-Everton but he scooped the shot over the bar from 6 yards out. Belford took the ball well from a determined Albion attack on 68 and the Tamworth defence worked as a unit to prevent a meaningful attack.
Peniket struck over the bar on the angle from 18 and The Lambs made their second change of the game. Sub Byfield dragged a couple of WBA defenders away for Peniket to strike from distance on 75.
Woolery sprinted to rob the Baggies defence of the ball on the Lambs left wing on 67 and he advanced at goal and curled a shot towards the far post but Rose tipped it out for the first of three corners before a foul on the keeper halted The Lambs pressure.
And Woolery deservedly equalised for The Lambs on 80 with a low finish from the centre of the area after a low ball in from the left. (1-1)
Another Lambs attack saw Baker and Thornton weave the ball down the right wing on 83 and Caprice forced a corner on 84. Yet another corner came on 87 and Thornton plantedit onto the head of Richards-Everton but his header was taken by Rose. Thornton’s floated cross to Peniket was met well by the striker but Rose smothered his low header on 89 and so the match moved into added time.
A shot from Thornton deflected for another corner and it was headed behind for another when Thornton’s ball went past the far post so Evans fired the flag kick in from the other side and this time it was headed away. And just when it looked like extra time would be required, Francis finished a last second move down right with shot into the far bottom left of goal with what was probably last kick of the game to give the home side the win.
Belford, Evans, Reindorf (Byfield 71), Richards-Everton, Kerry, Thornton, Caprice, Peniket, Woolery, Batis-Cande (Baker HT), Keane
Subs: Townsend, Richards, Wren
West Bromwich Albion Team:
Rose, Atkinson, Garmston (Gayle 67), O'Neil, Daniels, Howkins, Roofe, Birch, Jones, Nabi, Ward (Francis 73)
Subs: Palmer, Jones, Pace
Referee: Mr. G. Taylor