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Alvechurch 2 Albion U23s 3

22 March 2018

ALBION’s under-23s dramatically beat Alvechurch 3-2 in the last eight of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

The Baggies’ first real opportunity came after 11 minutes through Alex Bradley, but the midfielder’s free kick was smashed over the crossbar. 

Callum Morton and Bradley both shot wide after good passing moves midway through the first half, with Chris Withington also blazing an effort past the far post for Alvechurch.

Albion then took the lead just before the half hour mark when a fantastic run from Jonathan Leko set up an easy finish from close range for Nick Clayton-Phillips.

The hosts were level seconds before the break, though, thanks to Nathan Waite’s goal.

After half time Albion went back in front on 67 minutes when Leko turned from provider to goalscorer as his shot from outside the area went under Alvechurch goalkeeper Paul Evans. 

It looked like the home side had earned a draw when Waite got his second of the game just four minutes from the end.

But the Baggies had other ideas as Leko won a penalty with the match going into stoppage time, which Morton comfortably dispatched to send his side into the semi finals of the competition.

ALBION: Palmer, Meredith, Ferguson, Jameson, McCourt, Harmon, Harper (Brown 63), Bradley (Wilding 79), Leko, Morton, Clayton-Phillips.

Substitutes: House, Azaz, Soule.


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