FOOTBALL - Robins through to second cup final after shootout victory - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Robins through to second cup final after shootout victory

Solihull Editorial 22nd Mar, 2023   0

KNOWLE triumphed on penalties to advance to the Birmingham County FA Saturday Vase final following a goalless draw with divisional rivals AFC Coventry Rangers.

The Robins had already booked their place in the Les James Challenge Cup final via spot kicks at the start of the month and repeated the trick against Rangers to secure a second final appearance.

George Seeley scored the winning penalty as Knowle won the shootout 4-3 at Mitchell Avenue and will play either Coventrians or Sutton United in the final.

The pitch was difficult to play on for both teams with defences on top throughout as the game’s best chance fell to Jack Mullen who was unable to move the ball out of his feet when in a promising position.

And Coventry missed their first penalty before Joe Sinton, Kartel O’Neill-Martin and Reece Staley all scored whilst Craig Johnson saved a Rangers penalty to put Knowle firmly in the ascendancy.

Home goalkeeper Jack Hartopp was booked after he twice kicked the ball away from the spot before he then saved Mullen’s effort.

However, Seeley made no mistake with the final penalty as he thumped the ball home to send the Robins into the final.

Knowle are next in action at home to Birmingham United on Saturday, March 25 with kick-off at 3pm at the Draintech Community Ground.

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