Report: Blues Under-18s 2-2 Aston Villa Under-18s
Blues Under-18s drew the Second City derby in the Premier League South on Saturday.
Two Birmingham City equalisers in the second-half meant the points were shared at Wast Hills Training Ground after the visitors got the better of the first to take a lead into the break.
A fast-paced encounter saw Martyn Olorenshaw's side withstand early pressure, before creating a chance for themselves when Rico Patterson hit the crossbar.
The opener, however, went to the visitors when Kadan Young - one on one with Blues’ goalkeeper - slotted low past Brad Mayo to give them a 32nd-minute lead.
The second 45 started better for the home side though, as Niall Rushton’s cross-shot hit the woodwork, although just moments later the visitors had a chance at the other end when Omari Kellyman’s shot struck the outside of the post.
Mayo was then quick to react to goalscorer Young’s close-range effort, tipping the strike over his bar before a moment of brilliance helped Blues back into the game. Patterson played the ball to Captain Harry Manton who struck a thunderous effort towards the top left of the goal, with the ball going down from the bar and being deflected in by Josh Lane in the opposition’s goal.
After 71 minutes, the away side took back the lead when Findlay Munroe converted a penalty, but Blues would not give up and were rewarded for their tenacity in the final stages of the game. Despite the away side having bodies back to defend the closing stages, Niall Rushton’s shot found its way in through a cluster of defenders to pull the team level.
A frantic finish to the game almost saw a winner for the visitors, but a chipped effort was headed away by defender Chris Ogor as it ended honours even.
The result ensured the Under-18s sign off from their first season in Category 1 football with a well-fought point against their city rivals and sit just one place behind them in the standings, ranking 13th in the table.
Blues: Mayo, Ogor, Manton, Carsley, Willis, Patterson, Rushton, Home, Khela, Williams, Wakefield.
Substitutes not used: Brooks, Dodd, Oduka.
Booking: Home 30, Manton 72, Willis 90.
Referee: Liam Corbett.