PREVIEW MINOR CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
A thrilling Birmingham County Football Association Finals season comes to a close on Sunday 26 May as Alvis Eagles Junior square off with Sutton Coldfield Town Juniors for the honour of lifting Birmingham County FA Minor Challenge Cup.
The game is to be played at the home of the Birmingham County FA, the Walter Goodman Stadium and is set to get underway at 11.00am.
The two teams come into the game looking to make a little bit of history. Neither has ever managed to lift the Minor Challenge Cup, so glory would be an extremely satisfying conclusion to their respective seasons.
Whilst it might be difficult to indeed predict who will be lifting their maiden crown come the end of the game, one aspect that could be for certain is that supporters will be treated to an entertaining spectacle – that is if both Sutton’s and Alvis Eagles’ respective runs to the Final is anything to go by.
The latter got their campaign off to the perfect start with an 8-0 thumping of Whitley Juniors Minor before notching a stunning 15-1 win over Kenilworth Town Junior U16 Juniors. The goals continued to flow for Paul Seedhouse’s troops as they netted four against St Nicolas U16 Colts before plundering 13 against Warwick Juniors U16 Juniors. Heading into the Quarter-Finals, the team then racked up another comprehensive win over Darlaston Town (1874) Youth U16 Lions. They were made to work a little harder before booking their Final place though as they drew 1-1 with Coventry Copsewood Junior U16 Red, before progressing via the penalty shootout.
Elsewhere, Sutton have not been shy of goals either – albeit not to the same extent. They opened their account with a 3-1 win over Hampton Hawks U16 in Round One before beating Crusaders U16 3-0 away from home. They earned their biggest win of the campaign against FC Premier U16 with a 10-0 hammering in Round Three. From then on, their run was slightly more difficult as they just squeezed past Old Wufrunians Juniors U16 South 2-1. Paul Brookes’ charges swept aside Halas Hawks Junior U16 in the Quarter-Finals before only just edging out an unfortunate Bournville U16 1-0 on home soil.
Considering how often both sides have found the back of the net, supporters at the Walter Goodman Stadium could well be in for a treat. However, the two sides have also demonstrated their defensive resolution, having only conceded two goals each on their route to the Final.
Whatever the outcome, the match is certainly one to look forward to.