Thanks to John Millist of Monyhull for this match report.
A moment of history for the ‘hull as we not only appear in our first semi final but will now appear in our first ever final! Not bad for 6 years work. In a game we’d labelled ‘the battle of Bournville’ it was always going to be a tense and tight game, knowing full well both sides would be going at it 100%.
The first half was exactly that, both sides not wanting to make a mistake, the ‘hull looking dangerous coming forward and Selly Oak posing a threat from the wings. Inside the first 5 minutes Monyhull had two great chances to take the lead with Jake Parton and Oli Smith, our goal machines both going close. The game then settled down as both sides fought to get their noses in front. Our reshuffled back line did a sterling job on keeping on top of things with Ayers, Hardman, Rowlands and Chance all being kept busy. As the half progressed Selly Oak found themselves with a couple of chances that had to be cleared off the line. If they went in perhaps the game would have ended differently, that’s football I guess. The deadlock was broken when a fine passing move saw Armstrong-Sly play the ball through for Oli Smith to finish in the bottom left corner and give Monyhull the lead.
The second half continued in much the same way, the game being contested well in midfield. But Selly Oak had to push to find an equaliser and with the pace of the Monyhull attacking players that suited the green and whites well. Super sub Reiss Chance was then introduced and did what he always does, chases everything and causes a problem. It was his run and across down the right, that looped over a defender and keeper to the back post for the ever expectant Parton to stoop and finish with a lovely diving header. 2-0 and Monyhull were almost there!
Fair play to Selly Oak, who kept battling and made for a great semi final with a derby game edge. I expect to see them challenging for a spot in div 1 next season.
History made for Monyhull, a final to look forward to, and having already gained runners up it has been an incredible season, our best ever. It’s no more than the lads deserve.