Coventry Sphinx Juniors won the Saturday Minor Cup Final with a thrilling 6-4 victory against AFC Solihull.
Sphinx scored three in each half through a brace from Mohammed Billy and goals from Zach Tellyn, Sean Burke, Noah Rose and David Obeng to secure the victory.
Solihull scored four of their own through Will Ludlow, Own Goal, Louis Angoy and Aaron Nurrish, but it was not enough despite a late attempt at a comeback.
The home side started on the backfoot but managed to go ahead. Ludlow floated a cross into the box, but it evaded everyone and bounced into the far corner.
Dan Burke’s Sphinx responded five minutes later. Rob Buchanan made a superb save but Tellyn was quick to react to the rebound. The winger’s effort beat the keeper and a recovering defender to level the game.
After a frantic opening, Solihull regained the lead, a third goal in the opening 15 minutes. A curling free kick was misjudged by Jude O’Connor, resulting in Jamie Draper turning the ball into his own net.
Midway through the opening 45 minutes, Sphinx equalised again. The ball fell to the feet of Sean Burke 20-yards-out. The midfielder gained his composure and fired an effort towards goal that deflected into the bottom corner.
In the latter stages of the first half, Sphinx took the lead for the first time in the game. Archie Ascroft drove in a corner onto the head of Captain Rose. The central defender towered over his marker to head beyond Buchanan.
The away side added their fourth shortly after half time. Billy rose highest following a corner and headed back across the keeper for his first of the match.
Sphinx made their lead a comfortable one five minutes later. Billy spotted Buchanan off his line and looped the ball into the back of the net despite the efforts of the Solihull defence.
In the closing stages of the game, Richard Nurrish’s side pulled a goal back. O’Connor made a superb save to deny Nurrish, but Angoy was quick to react to the rebound and head in.
Solihull then grabbed another goal to close the gap to one goal. Nurrish met a corner and planted a clean header beyond O’Connor.
Despite the home sides hint of a comeback, Sphinx secured the trophy when Obeng cooly rolled the ball into the far corner.
Coventry Sphinx Juniors secured the trophy after an impressive some impressive results en route to the Final, scoring 15 goals throughout the whole competition.
AFC Solihull: 1. Buchanan; 2. Traore, 3. Chipangura, 4. Chapman, 5. Ismail, 6. Ludlow, 7. Myatt, 8. Manson, 9. Ots, 10. Nurrish, 11. Angoy.
Subs: 12. Tyler, 14. Yafai, 15. Martin.
Coventry Sphinx Juniors: 1. O’Connor; 3. Welch, 4. Draper, 5. Rose ©, 6. Bahi, 7. Ascroft, 8. Billing, 9. Boyle, 10. Burke, 11. Billy, 12. Tellyn
Subs: 2. Convery, 16. Ward, 17. Obeng, 19. Wilson, 20. Luckman.