Sixth Form Boys’ Football
Under-19 National Cup
Smestow 1-2 University College Birmingham
Thursday 30 November 2016

A last gasp goal and a number of missed chances denied Smestow from going through to the next round of the ECFA National Cup.

The boys were outstanding for the whole 90 minutes, producing the best performance of a disappointing season. The first half was totally dominated by Smestow, and this dominance was rewarded when Kierron Fletcher beat the offside trap and calmly slotted the ball past the on-rushing goalkeeper.

Smestow created numerous clear scoring chances at the start of the second half but unfortunately could not get that crucial second goal which would have killed the match. With twenty minutes to go, a goalmouth scramble resulted in the ball finding the back of the Smestow net through a number of bodies. The game then became very stretched with Smestow again looking like the only team that were going to go on and win, with more chances created but not taken which they were to pay for in the last two minutes of the match.

A UCB striker somehow managed to make his way into the box and toe bunt the ball into the bottom corner, the lads’ luck of the whole game summed up in one shot. There was still time for one chance: Luis Abbs made a brilliant run forward, beating three men and one-on-one with the goalkeeper but dragged his shot wide from a tight angle.

The final whistle went and, undeservedly, the boys were out of the National Cup. A number of positives should be taken from the performance, with a lot of Year 11s playing for the Sixth Form next year.  The rest of the season looks promising for SWIS Football with the quality of these individuals.

Kierron Fletcher