City hold firm against Halesowen
By NIGEL UPSON
Great first half sees City gain victory at Home to Halesowen
A superb first half display saw City take the points against a strong Halesowen squad.
City were quick out of the blocks and swift passing and forward running was the key. When Hassan Shah scored the opener after a great move it was deserved and when Joe Clarke added a second shortly aftewards, City were in control. Two lovely team goals and neat finishes.
Halesowen were slick in midfield and had chances that were snubbed out by GK Dayus, Griffin, Elmes, Bowater and Patey in City's defence. They were excellent all game.
City then turned the screw when Keasey and Allen combined with Shah and he fed Gabriel who finished well.
3.0 at HT and City on top.
Halesowen changed their formation and began to dominate the MF in the second half. They pulled one back via a penalty and deservedly so and when they hit the post moments later, City had to wake up and get back in the game.
Owusu went close for City as did Keasey and then City had breathing space when Shah cleverly converted a free kick for his second and City's fourth.
At 4.1 City made changes with Berry, Baker, Keane, Patrick- Rivers and Mills coming on to add energy and fresh legs. City then got some rhythm and both midfields battled it out, playing some decisive football but not quite being able to deliver the pass that resulted in a goal.
At the close City had earned their Victory against a very talented Halesowen team who never stopped running and looking to play. A good game of football by two good teams.