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MATCH REPORT: BREWERS 1-2 BIRMINGHAM CITY

16 July 2022

BIRMINGHAM City claimed the Bass Charity Vase for the first time since 1928 after beating Burton Albion 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium.

They were presented with the historic trophy at the end of the game by Bass Vase President Dave Mellor.

The Man of the Match award sponsored by Trent Trophies was presented to Ryan Woods.

After the 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink continued to shuffle the pack as the squad built up fitness ahead of the new season.

Sam Hughes captained the Brewers in the absence of John Brayford and the team contained two trialists in the starting line-up.

New signing Quevin Castro made the bench, but Calum Butcher and Victor Adeboyejo did not feature.

After four minutes the Brewers won a free kick which was taken by Davis Keillor-Dunn, who found the head of Hughes who had space but couldn’t get any real power on the attempt.

A minute later Troy Deeney curled a right foot shot just over Ben Garratt’s goal after a free-flowing Birmingham move.

Scott Hogan had time and space after nine minutes but skewed his shot wide of the upright.

After 18 minutes a low curling shot by Keillor-Dunn seemed to take Neil Etheridge by surprise, but the Birmingham keeper grabbed it at the second attempt.

The Brewers best move of the first half saw Hughes play a ball down the line for Jonny Smith to pull back. Ahadme got a header on goal which Etheridge could only parry. Keillor-Dunn prodded the rebound into the net but was flagged offside.

Smith tested Etheridge on 22 minutes with a shot from 25 yards as the Brewers looked the more likely team to break the deadlock at that point.

Deeney looked poised to score after 27 minutes but was caught off balance in the six-yard box and fluffed the shot.

After 37 minutes Juninho Bacuna’s crisp volley was on target but was deflected wide for a corner but Birmingham capitalised when the ball was swung in from indecision in the Brewers defence which allowed GEORGE HALL to open the scoring.

It should have been two five minutes later when Deeney rose at the far post to plant a firm header on goal only for Garratt to claw it away at the last second.

HALF-TIME: 0-1

The Brewers made three changes at the break with Castro coming on for Smith, Terry Taylor replacing Trialist A and Viljami Sinisalo taking over in goal from Garratt

Taylor made decent contact with a header from a 50-minute corner but couldn’t direct it on goal.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson needed treatment on 55 minutes and was replaced by Charlie Lakin.

Louis Moult was introduced on 64 minutes for Ahadme.

William Kokolo came on for Keillor-Dunn and Ciaran Gilligan replaced Trialist B on 66 minutes.

A Hughes block denied Jordan James on 70 minutes after Hogan pulled the ball back for the shot.

Birmingham made 10 substitutions after 73 minutes.

The Brewers equalised on 74 minutes from a corner with HAMER heading home while Birmingham were still adjusting to all the changes.

A minute later Castro rounded the keeper but was driven wide and could only knock the ball wide.

Hughes cleared off the line after Odin Bailey’s shot seemed destined for the net.

On 84 minutes Albion won a free kick on the edge of the box and Lakin curled it over the wall but also well over the bar.

On 87 minutes SAM COSGROVE sealed victory for the Blues with a stunning low drive into the bottom corner of the net.

ATTENDANCE: 2,588

MAN OF THE MATCH (sponsored by Trent Trophies): Ryan Woods

BREWERS: Garratt; Borthwick-Jackson; Oshilaja; Hughes; Ahadme; Keillor-Dunn; Smith; Trialist A; Trialist B; Blake-Tracy; Hamer. Subs Sinisalo (for Garratt 45) ; Lakin (for Borthwick-Jackson 55); Kokolo (for Keillor-Dunn 66); Taylor (for Trialist A); Gilligan (for Trialist B 66); Radcliffe; Moult (for Ahadme 64); Castro (for Smith 45)


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