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Walsall Senior Cup Final: Walsall 1-3 Rushall Olympic

9 May 2023

Development Squad

Walsall Senior Cup Final: Walsall 1-3 Rushall Olympic

9 May 2023

The Saddlers suffered defeat in the Walsall Senior Cup final despite a spirited performance against Rushall Olympic.

Like too many games this season, the Saddlers started slowly and on the back foot, with Rushall winning two corners in the first minute.  

The Picks continued strongly and scored the first of the night through their number 10, Andre Carvalho-Landell 12 minutes in. With the ball played into him on the edge of the box, he took a touch and buried the ball into the bottom left corner.  

Alex Cameron doubled his side's lead just seven minutes later. After Marvellous Onabirekhanlen’s heavy touch, he got the ball under control and found himself one-on-one with George Barrett in goal, before dispatching calmly underneath Barrett.  

On 21 minutes, Ronan Maher pulled one back for the Saddlers. Maher sprung onto the ball quickly after a Rushall defender slipped and took it around two Rushall defenders and the keeper, before slotting the ball past another two Rushall defenders blocking the goal.  

Cameron came close to his second of the night just seconds after Maher scored. With the ball played over the top on the restart, he was through on goal but was only able to strike the post.  

The remaining 25 minutes of the first-half Walsall were firmly on the front foot, with Ollie Jones having the best chance with a header from a Maher free-kick which was deflected just over and the Saddlers went into the break looking confident of an equaliser.  

Thoughts of equalising were cut short by Rushall captain Richard Batchelor who headed his side into the lead on 63 minutes.  

Walsall seemed to lose their spirit after conceding the third and couldn’t muster a good enough chance to put the ball in the back of the net.  

Rushall however kept pushing and Barrett in goal was vital in keeping Walsall in it, making several crucial stops in the latter stages as Rushall claimed the trophy. 

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