Sporting Khalsa vs Boldmere St Michaels

Walsall Senior Cup Semi-Final

2 (3)

Sporting Khalsa

Loss

  • Dave Meese - 1 goal(s)
  • Jay Holdcroft - 1 goal(s)
2 (5)

Boldmere St Michaels

Win

2nd April 2019 | 7:45 pm
Aspray Arena

Recap

Dave Meese – excellent goal to get Khalsa back into it.

Khalsa missed out on the final of the Walsall Senior Cup, crashing out on penalties after fighting back from 2-0 down and almost grabbing a late winner.

But for a last gasp stop by Warren Fenney from substitute Josh Thomas in the dying moments of the game, Khalsa might have completed an unlikely comeback.

Fenney was also the hero at the other end of the match, superbly saving a penalty from Sean Williams on three minutes after Mykel Beckley had been brought down in the box.

The save sparked Boldmere into early action, Owen Parry had couple of chances in quick succession, first shooting on the turn after a great break down the left and then firing a bit of a tame effort that caused keeper Sam Arnold all sorts of problems in the wet weather.

The rain then caused the game to dislocate slightly with a long spell without much in the way of notable action.

But the deadlock was broken on the half hour when Jack Skinner fired the Mikes ahead after confusion between Alex Melbourne and Tes Robinson in the Khalsa defensive ranks. And it could have been double that on 38 minutes when a Reece Mitchell rocket from range almost squirmed in after Arnold couldn’t quite get a full hand on the rasping effort.

Just before the break, ex-Khalsa striker Rikardo Reid fired wide from a decent position.

Within three minutes of the restart, Boldmere were down to ten men when Harry Craven was sent off for a second bookable offence after bringing down Beckley on the break.

Khalsa were unable to really gain much advantage from their numerical superiority, 63rd minute header by Robinson from a Mensah Kinch corner which was cleared off the line by Mitchell being the exception.

Boldmere doubled their lead on 68 minutes, Joe Lyng heading home brilliantly from a corner giving Khalsa a huge mountain to climb.

Three minutes later the mountain flattened a touch, a brilliant Dave Meese volley following great work by Williams and Kinch bringing it back to 2-1.

And four minutes later Khalsa were level, substitute Jay Holdcroft nabbing his 16th of the season from a Thomas cross from the left.

From there, Khalsa threw the kitchen sink at Boldmere who were always a threat on the break. Lyng produced a great stop to block Holdcroft on 77 minutes before, at the other end, the ever dangerous Ben Shipway-Usher broke and crossed only to elude everyone who was queuing up to convert.

With six minutes to go Shipway-Usher might have won it for Boldmere, Arnold producing a nifty double save to deny him. And with seconds left, Thomas’s effort from a Williams surge down the left saw Fenney’s final stop in normal time keep the deadlock and take the game straight to penalties.

Sadly, Williams’ penalty miss in normal time was repeated in the shoot-out and, a perfect set of spot-kicks by Boldmere, meant the tie and a final against Sutton Coldfield was theres.

Sporting Khalsa: SamĀ Arnold, Carlo Franco, Alex Melbourne, Leon Miles, Tes Robinson (captain), Alex Perry (Jay Holdcroft), Mensah Kinch (Josh Thomas), Kieron Whittaker (Liam Armstrong), Mykel Beckley, Dave Meese, Sean Williams. Subs not used: Danny Dubidat, Shawn Boothe.

First team results 2018-19