Harry Shaw Cup – Broad Heath 1 – 1 Stivichall (1-2 on penalties).

On Monday 4th November Broad Heath traveled to Stivichall primary school to play in the first round of the Harry Shaw Cup. The team were up for the competition, and looking forward to playing their first game of the season.

The game started off brightly, with Broad Heath playing in a very organised way. Falikou had an effort bounce off the foot of the post, whist Anis also had a show saved by their goal keeper. After a period of pronged pressure, Broad Heath were hit on the counter attack, conceding a goal after a break down the right hand side. The team were not deflated however, and carried on pressing the Stivichall goal, with Umarr shooting just past the post. The first half ended Stivichall 1 – 0 Broad Heath.

Broad Heath carried on their good play in the first half, and within 4 minutes, Umarr got on the end of a fantastic pass from Mubarag to level for Broad Heath. The game became very tense, with Broad Heath having a lot of ball and winning a lot of duels, but with Stivichall looking very dangerous on the counter attack. Even through there were more chances for both teams, the game went to penalties, with the score tied at 1-1.

The penalties were a tight affair. The first 4 penalties were all saved, with Muad and the Stivichall goal keeper both on form. Umar gave Broad heath the advantage with the 5th penalty, but Stivichall leveled with the next to send the game into sudden death. Muad made 3 excellent saves in sudden death, as Broad Heath hit the crossbar and the post twice! The game was so tight that it came down to the goalkeepers taking the penalty. Sadly, where Broad Heath fired wide, the Stivichall keeper scored to give his team the win.

The game was played in a tremendous spirit by both teams, and it was a great game to watch. Thanks go to Stivichall for hosting the fixture and we wish them the best of luck in the next round. It is the end of the road for Broad Heath in regards to the Harry Shaw cup, but all is not lost. Broad Heath will now go into the Ben Whelan Trophy, where they sand every chance of success.

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