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Harriers stunned by Reds fight back
9:57pm Tuesday 5th February 2013 in News
Harriers 1, Redditch United 2
HARRIERS exited the Worcestershire Senior Cup at the hands of struggling Redditch United after they were stunned by two late goals at a rainy Aggborough on Tuesday night.
The home side had been leading through keeper Bradley Catlow's unfortunate own goal but late strikes for substitute Leavi Oshungbure and Callum Flanagan denied them a place in the final.
With Harriers boss Steve Burr on England C duty, assistant boss Gary Whild took the reins against his former club, who he helped keep in the Conference North.
Harriers fielded a strong side containing nine first team squad members and two academy products in Judd Ellis and defender Tyrone Williams.
It was United who would have been happier with the first half as the produced a solid defensive display and were keen hit the home side on the break.
Connor Deards had a chance to put the away team ahead early on but shot wide.
At the other end, Ryan Rowe drove forward and saw a low effort skim off target. But the hosts were denied a stone cold penalty on the 30 minute mark when defender Flanagan palmed Ricky Shakes' cross behind but referee Wayne Barrett signalled for a corner.
Redditch nearly took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Will Richards rose highest to a Josh Quaynor free-kick and directed his header just wide.
Harriers started the second half with more tempo but it needed a stroke of luck for the home team to take the lead in the 58th minute.
Keeper Catlow was caught out by the wet ball and allowed Shakes' up and under to squirm from his grasp and over the line.
Richards nearly replied for United with a bullet header which was the wrong side of the near post.
But Harriers controlled the second period, despite the raining increasing throughout. United substitute Jermain Hylton squandered a gilt-edged chance to force extra-time in the 82nd, firing wide of an open goal after keeper Nathan Vaughan had been already made a smart save.
But Redditch gained the upper hand in the final ten minutes and two goals changed the complexion of the match.
Substitute Oshungbure slammed home an 85th leveller before Flanagan bundled the ball over the line to confirm a fine win for Simon Redhead's improving Southern League Premier relegation battlers.
Harriers: Vaughan, Jackman (Johnson, 78), T Williams, M Williams, Vincent, Rowe, Gittings, Pilkington (Demetriou, 58), Ellis (Parsons-Smith, 53), Shakes, Blissett.
Subs not used: Lewis, Long.
Redditch: Catlow, Moran, Charlton, Dovey (Hylton, 66), Flanagan, Hands (Jenkins, 81), Deards, McDonald, Cresswell (Oshungbure, 74), Quaynor.
Referee: Wayne Barratt (Worcs)