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Harriers Lift Senior Cup: Harriers 0-0 Redditch United
July 23, 2016

Harriers Lift Senior Cup: Harriers 0-0 Redditch United

Harriers' youngsters held their nerve in a penalty shoot-out to beat Redditch and lift the Worcestershire Senior Cup.

Having battled through two rounds of the competition with a team of youngsters and trialists Harriers kept faith with the same squad, including eight current or former academy players in their 16.

Harriers almost got off to a flying start when a shot by a trialist, Trialist 'T', was parried by United keeper Bradley Catlow into the path of another trialist, Trialist 'S', who put the ball in the net but his effort was ruled out for offside.

In the first half Harriers dominated the game and really should have gone into the break with a lead; James Hancocks, marauding forward from left-back had two shots saved by Catlow while Trialist 'S' was forced to rush a shot under pressure from former Harrier Duane Courtney and smacked it against the crossbar.

Against the run of play Redditch almost opened the scoring in stoppage time when Clinton Morrison's pass sent Eli Bako into the penalty area but his shot hit the post and rebounded across the face of goal.

After the interval Redditch came into the game more and had the best of the chances.  Midway through the half, though, Harriers had the ball in the net again; Trialist 'T''s free-kick from 25 yards beat the wall but was turned in by an offside Trialist 'S'.

At the other end Reece Hewitt was left in acres of space only to head over the bar and then Hancocks' misjudged header went straight to Morrison who fired straight at Jono Brown.  In the closing moments Brown saved well to deny former Harrier Reece Hales.

The game went to penalties; Trialist 'T', Mani Dieseruvwe and Hancocks all scored for Harriers while Brown saved from former Harrier Jamie Spencer to give Harriers the lead after three penalties.  George Forsyth saw his kick saved but Brown followed up with another save, this time from Liam Spink to leave it to Jordan Murphy to score the winning penalty and secure the cup for Harriers for the second time in three seasons.

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