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Report: Harriers clinch Senior Cup on penalties

Posted: Sat 23 Jul 2016
Author: @khfcofficial

A report from today's final...

HARRIERS won the Worcestershire Senior Cup on Saturday after a penalty shoot-out, following a 0-0 draw at Bromsgrove Sporting.

Though Harriers bossed the majority of the ball in the opening stages it was United who fashioned the early chances and sights of goal, Eli Bako and full-back Roberts both trying to test Jono Brown who needed to be on his mettle inside the first quarter-hour.

Harriers had their first concrete chance as we advanced past the midway point of the half, an advancing James Hancocks taking aim with a curling, beauty of an effort from just outside the area that goalkeeper Brad Clayton managed to push away.

Clayton denied Hancocks as he produced a similar effort from closer-range past the half-hour, before United clipped the post on the stroke of half time as the lively Bako again went close with a shot after being played in by veteran Clinton Morrison. 

Into the second half and past the hour, Brown had to again be on his mettle as Redditch sub and former Harrier, Reece Hales, was slotted neatly through on goal. The Harriers custodian forced the striker to make his choice early and duly blocked his shot well.

Redditch again went close with 74 on the clock and Reece Hewitt must've thought for all the money in the world he'd score when a free-kick found him unmarked in the box - only for him to go on and side-foot the finish over the bar.

Harriers did venture forth in the second half but it was perhaps more of a half chance at goal for Jordan Murphy as he latched on to a cross into the box, nodding a header up and over the bar. 

The game drifted towards penalties to the following end:

HARRRIERS scored (trialist)
REDDITCH scored (Hales)
HARRIERS scored (Dieseruvwe)
REDDITCH miss (Spencer, saved)
HARRIERS scored (Hancocks)
REDDITCH scored (McDonald) 
HARRIERS missed (Forsyth, saved)
REDDITH missed (Spink, saved)
HARRIERS scored (Murphy)