Holders knocked out of Birmingham Senior Cup on penalties
CALLUM McManaman completed 62 minutes as Albion surrendered their grip on the Birmingham Senior Cup – losing 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Nuneaton Town in the semi-final.
The January signing was making his first appearance since the FA Cup defeat to Villa in March and looked lively throughout, before being replaced by England Under-16 international Jonathan Leko.
Fellow first-team members Cristian Gamboa and Jason Davidson both lasted the entirety of the tie, Sebastien Pocognoli was taken off eight minutes into extra-time and Andre Wisdom played 90 minutes.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Adil Nabi finished calmly from inside the penalty area, after controlling an exceptional diagonal pass from Mani O’Sullivan.
McManaman came close to doubling Baggies’ advantage ten minutes before the break, but his shot from the edge of the area was diverted behind for a corner by Nuneaton ‘keeper Max Crocombe.
The Vanarama Conference outfit forced extra-time with just 14 minutes left on the clock when Robert Ogleby fired past Alex Palmer from 20-yards-out.
Both teams had chances to win the game in the additional 30 minutes, Josh Rees smashed against the post with a long-range effort for the hosts and Samir Nabi saw his drive from inside the penalty area pushed behind by Crocombe.
Cristian Gamboa and Tyler Roberts both missed from the spot for Albion before Jaanai Gordon confidently dispatched his kick past Palmer to knock the holders out.
Albion: Palmer, Wisdom (Atkinson 90 ET’), Davidson, Pocognoli (S.Nabi 98’), Gamboa, Garmston, McManaman (Leko 62’), O'Sullivan, Birch, Roberts, A.Nabi.
Unused subs: Ross, Cleet.