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PREVIEW: Under-21s face Stourbridge in Birmingham Senior Cup Final

John Dempster's side travel to Walsall...

11 May 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Under-21s face Stourbridge in Birmingham Senior Cup Final

John Dempster's side travel to Walsall...

11 May 2023

The Sky Blues Under-21s will face Stourbridge in the Birmingham Senior Cup Final tonight (7:45pm KO) as they look to lift silverware for a second successive season.

Route to the Final:

The Sky Blues entered the competition in the Second Round, when they were handed an away tie against Tawmorth at the Lamb Ground.

City fell behind, but Ryan Howley equalised just before half-time and the Fabio Tavares hit a brace, before Tom Costello struck in injury time.

In the Third Round, City ran rampant at Coleshill Town, coming from behind to hit the Non-League outfit for six. Will Bapaga claimed the plaudits, firing in a second half hat-trick, alongside goals from Marco Rus, Justin Obikwu and Ricardo Dinanga.

City then had a more difficult task in the next round, as they needed penalties to get past Coventry Sphinx. Tom Costello had put City in front, but they were pegged back midway through the second half.

The game went all the way to penalties and it would be Tristen Batanwi who would hit the decisive penalty, after Callum Martin missed.

Then, the Sky Blues entertained Alvechurch in the semi-final at the Coventry Building Society Arena and they raced into a 3-0 lead. Batanwi, Obikwu and Danny Cashman found the back of the net, before Alvechurch put a spirited fight, scoring twice late on.

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Results:

Tamworth 3-4 Sky Blues
Coleshill Town 1-6 Sky Blues
Coventry Sphinx 1-1 Sky Blues
Sky Blues 3-2 Alvechurch

Leading scorers:

Will Bapaga - 3
Fabio Tavares - 2
Tom Costello - 2
Justin Obikwu - 2
Tristen Batanwi - 1
Ricardo Dinanga - 1
Ryan Howley - 1
Danny Cashman - 1

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Opponents:

Stourbridge come into the competition after overseeing West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderes, Lye Town and AFC Wulfrunians to get to the final.

In their league campaign in the Southern Premier League Division Central, Stourbridge finished 10th, missing out a place in the top six.

Today's opponents have history with the Sky Blues as they were beaten finalists when City were 1-0 winners in the competitions back in 1911.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are priced as follows - Adults £10 and concessions (over 60's and U18's) £5.

Before trying to book tickets, please register on the Walsall FC Online Ticket Office at https://www.eticketing.co.uk/walsallfc/Authentication/Login if you have not previously purchased tickets from Walsall or alternatively, go directly to https://www.eticketing.co.uk/walsallfc/EDP/Event/Index/2405?position=4 and click on the circle with the head and torso inside in the top right, which will also take you into the registration section.

In the event of any specific queries, please email tickets@walsallfc.co.uk or ring 01922 651414/651416.


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