SILHILL FC’s under-21’s side will compete for the Birmingham County FA Saturday Amateur Cup title next month.
The club were twice winners of the predecessor Saturday Junior Cup and are currently in their 115th year of existence having operated an under 21’s side for just three seasons.
Sihill’s under-21’s play in the Midland Football League U21 South West division and aim to filter youth players through to the adult teams from as far down as their under-6 academy.
And the under-21’s team acts as a crucial bridge from under-16 football into adult football and reached the Saturday Amateur Cup final back in 2020 only for the pandemic to cut their first season short.
The pandemic also put pay to Silhill under-21’s second season where they sat second in the table after eight matches.
Silhill lost nine players at the start of the season and have endured a mixed league campaign to finish in fifth place some 20 points behind current leaders and final opponents Halesowen Town under-21’s.
However, the club have impressed in the cup beating St Andrews Netherton Boing 2-0 in the second round, Nuneaton Borough under-21’s 5-1 in round three and Sutton Coldfield Town under-21’s 3-0 in the quarter-finals.
Silhill then booked their place in the final with a dramatic 4-2 penalty shootout win against Kingshurst Pavilions Sports Club’s adult team after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
And that victory has set up a clash with Halesowen in the showpiece with Silhill one of just three teams to take points off their opponents in the league this season following a 4-4 draw in September last year.
Silhill’s final with Halesowen takes place on Saturday, May 7 with kick-off at 2pm at Birmingham County FA headquarters on Ray Hall Lane.