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Blues Through to Senior Cup Final
Birmingham City won through to a second successive Birmingham Senior Cup Final after beating Nuneaton Town 1-0 at the A1 Gas Force Stadium. Corey O’Keeffe scored the only goal of the game having robbed Boro left back Ciaran Keane of possession just outside the Boro area before slotting past keeper Zeus de la Paz.
Development Squad Coach Richard Beale will have been happy with a resolute display which while lacking in prettiness was tenacious and hard-working. Blues rarely worked the Curaçaoan international de la Paz in the Nuneaton goal, with the only shot on target from Blues coming after a succession of Blues players had harried possession deep in the Nuneaton half rather than a flash of creativity.
It was a team display more than one of individual brilliance although Luke Maxwell shone after being brought on in the second half. The youngster, who is currently on a youth loan back to his former club Kidderminster showed a good range of passing which bodes well for a future pushing for the first team.
Josh Martin also showed why he was so highly rated with an excellent block tackle in the area after Jake Weaver’s slip had threatened to allow Nuneaton to take the lead. Nuneaton could have created many more chances had they not been so wasteful with crosses with many breaks down their right ending with a shanked ball put fifteen rows behind the goal.
I was hoping to see more of David Popa after he had signed his first contract last week but he struggled with the physical nature of the game at times and the 18-year-old Romanian striker showed that he has still a long way to go before he will be ready for the first team.
Having lost 4-1 to Crewe on Monday it was a very young side put out by Blues and it was always going to be a tough ask against a team that counted former Forest striker Marlon Harewood in its ranks. However, despite the obvious difference in size and age Blues more than held their own for long periods and it was their greater tenacity that was to win it for them.
The Blues Development Squad will now face Solihull Moors or Stratford Town in the final.
Blues: Jake Weaver, Corey O’Keeffe, Dom Bernard, Noe Baba, Josh Martin, Steve Seddon, Kyle McFarlane, Charlie Cooper, David Popa (Alex Jones 63), Wes McDonald (Luke Maxwell 59), George O’Neill (Wes Harding 72)
Unused Subs: Emmanuel Mbende, Connal Trueman
Tags: Alex Jones, Birmingham Senior Cup, Charlie Cooper, Corey O'Keeffe, David Popa, Dom Bernard, George O'Neill, Jake Weaver, Josh Martin, Kyle McFarlane, Luke Maxwell, Noe Baba, Steve Seddon, Wes Harding, Wes McDonald