18th Jul, 2019

AFC Solihull's under-16's book place in final

Ben Tyler 22nd Mar, 2019

AFC SOLIHULL’S under-16’s side reached the Birmingham County FA Minor Cup final after downing Dudley Town last Saturday.

They raced into a first-half lead through Alastair Manson, who put away after being teed up by Jake Myatt.

Dudley hit back just after half-time, but they could do nothing to stop Solihull regaining the lead five minutes later.

Aaron Nurrish put the ball on a plate for Alvar Martin to lash home a half-volley into the net.

Richard Nurrish’s side had to dig in to see out the victory, but he was evidently left delighted by his side’s efforts.

“It’s a huge achievement to get to such a prestigious final. As a coach I feel very fortunate to work with a great group of lads who keep going from strength to strength.”

AFC Solihull can now look ahead to a bout with Coventry Sphinx under-16’s at the Birmingham FA headquarters on Ray Hall Lane on May 18.

It continues the youth side’s promising development, with three players already signing first-team forms at the age of 16, and with a prestigious final on the way, offers more names in the current set-up an opportunity to impress the first-team management.

The first-team meanwhile were outdone by Coventry Plumbing FC, removing them from the summit of the MFL Division 3 table – albeit with games in hand on leaders Inkberrow.

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