Kacy Milan Butterfield and his Walsall teammates reached the final of the Walsall Senior Cup with a thrilling 4 - 3 victory at Wolverhampton Casuals.
Maz Kouhyar had the game’s first chance on six minutes when his rasping left-footed drive deflected just over the bar.
Walsall should have taken the lead ten minutes later but the unmarked Mitch Candlin side-footed straight at home keeper Vitor Pinheiro from Kouhyar’s low cross.
Candlin, stretching, then headed a whipped Will Shorrock centre wide before Kevin Nickle lashed a half-volley over at the other end.
Wolverhampton opened the scoring nine minutes before the break when Shaquille Lee headed a right-wing cross onto his own foot, with the ball bouncing fortuitously beyond Brandon Ganley.
But Walsall equalised in first-half injury time, Liam Kinsella with a well-struck 20-yard effort which was too powerful for Pinheiro to keep out.
And Walsall - targeting a league and cup double – edged in front nine minute after the break, Candlin reacting quickest to tap home after Kouhyar’s low drive was parried by Pinheiro.
Shorrock then curled over and Butterfield dragged wide as the visitors looked to increase their advantage, with Candlin also having a goal disallowed for offside.
But the hosts were gifted an equaliser on 72 minutes when Nickle profited on a defensive mix-up between Kory Roberts and Ganley to fire into an empty net.
Undeterred, Walsall quickly restored their lead, Jordon Sangha drilling an unerring low shot into the bottom corner after substitute Tobias Hayles-Docherty’s fierce drive had rattled the post.
And Walsall gave themselves breathing space 12 minutes from time as Hayles-Docherty’s cross-shot was turned in by poacher Candlin from virtually on the line.
Pinheiro then made a smart stop to push away Sangha’s crisp right-footer and Roberts glanced a towering header wide from Kinsella’s corner.
Wolverhampton pulled one back in added time, when a header from a corner bounced in off the underside of the bar – but Walsall held on.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Bascome Watches Bristol City Go Down
Osagi Bascome was an unused substitute as his Ten-man Bristol City Under-23 teammates suffered a resounding 5-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United.
City lost Charlie Harris to a suspected broken leg early in the second half, when they were already 2-0 down, and Joe McNulty was red-carded late on to add further misery.
Jordan Hallam was the star of the show for the home team, scoring four goals in the rout, with Tyler Smith grabbing the other goal.
Coach Alex Ball said, "It was a bad day at the office for us. Harris suffered a serious injury on the hour and has been taken to hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery.
"Our defending on the day was disappointing and Joe McNulty received his marching orders for two bookings late on, summing up the day really."
Monday, March 27, 2017
Trott Not In England Squad Again
Nathan Trott once again was not included in the England Under 19 team that secured top spot in their European Championship qualifying group with a 5-1 victory over Belarus at St George's Park.
England Under 19 ‘s were already assured qualification for next summer's European Championships in Georgia after their 3-0 win over Spain on Friday, but sealed top spot with an emphatic win this afternoon.
Arsenal youngster Chris Willock sent a message to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger with a late double, while prospects from Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur also found the back of the net.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Bermuda Kappa Classic 2017 Final Results
The 2017 edition of the Kappa Classic came to an end with seven Finals taking place, with BAA, Dandy Town Hornets and ABC FBS all picking up two Trophies, while the Devonshire Colts captured their first Kappa Classic Trophy.
Kappa 2017 Chairman Ray Jones hailed the Tournament a huge success and is already looking forward to more improvements for 2018 and the future.
On the final day of competition a total of 93 goals were scored.