Cup joy for rampant Reds

Redditch United 3, Kidderminster Harriers 2

Redditch booked their place in the semi-finals of the Worcestershire Senior Cup with a fine victory over their Conference visitors – booking a match with old foes Worcester City in the last four.

The Reds dominated the first half and took a deserved lead on 36 minutes when a quick free-kick from Ashley Sammons picked out the lively Omari Sterling-James who slotted home at the second attempt after his initial shot had been saved by keeper Nathan Vaughan.

There should have been a second moments later when Sterling-James turned a ball into the path of Jermaine Hylton but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

Harriers levelled on 43 minutes when Nathan Blissett latched on to a ball over the top before firing past keeper Sam Hornby.

But injury time saw the home side back in front, Harvey Headley turning the loose ball home after Edwin Ahenkorah’s effort had been deflected on to the post.

Hylton added his name to the scoresheet three minutes into the second half when his shot bobbled just inside the post from the edge of the area.

And Vaughan then saved well from Headley as the Redditch frontline looked to wrap things up.

But when teenager substitute Josh Riis headed a second for the visitors, injury time looked as though it could be on the cards.

Anthony Malbon was denied by a fine Hornby save midway through the half with the striker then dragging another effort past the post.

But with Nathan Jackson and Jim Mutton patrolling the United defence, the Reds held on for an excellent win.

Reds: Hornby 8, Caines 6 (Baines 46, 6), Ballinger 6, Headley 7, JACKSON 9, Mutton 8, Hylton 8, Sammons 7, Sterling-James 8, Youngs 6, Ahenkorah 6 (Weatherby 46, 7). Subs (not used): Bridgewater, Oshungbure, Catlow.


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