Albion exit Birmingham Senior Cup on penalties

A photo of Albion academy product Akeel Higgins in action at The Hawthorns

A young Albion side were knocked out of the Birmingham Senior Cup on Wednesday night following a penalty shootout defeat to Darlaston Town at the Paycare Stadium.

Aaron Bishop and Alexander Foreshaw scored to give the hosts a two-goal advantage at the break, but there was plenty of character on show from Richard Beale's men on the night - which showed at the start of the second 45. 

Substitute Akeel Higgins netted a response one minute into the half and within the space of 16 minutes, the young Baggies found themselves 4-2 up courtesy of a brace from Souleyman Mandey and an Eseosa Sule strike. 

However, their non-league counterparts fought back, firstly when Charlie Manners scored from a scramble on 71 minutes, and then James Rowland scored a spot-kick in the 90th minute to level matters at 4-4 and send the game to a shootout. 

Unfortunately, Albion's young pros went on to lose 5-4 on penalties as they exited the Birmingham Senior Cup in the second round of the competition.

Albion: Hollingshead; Nelson, Phillips (Deeming 71), Harper-Bailey, Shaw (Whitwell 32); Mfuamba, Richards, Mandey (Sumnall 71); Heard, Sule, Cleary (Higgins 43)

Subst not used: Brady (GK).

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