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Birmingham Brummies v Edinburgh Monarchs

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Championship KO Cup, Quarter-Final, 2nd Leg 2021

Perry Barr StadiumAldridge Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2ET

40 - 50
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Date Tapes Up Competition Season Additional Info
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:30 pm Championship KO Cup, Quarter-Final, 2nd Leg 2021 Edinburgh win 104-76 on aggregate

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EDINBURGH set up a KO Cup semi-final clash with rivals Glasgow after a comfortable aggregate victory over Birmingham in the last-eight stage.

The Monarchs travelled to Perry Barr with an 18-point lead and proceeded to win 50-40 on the night with Josh Pickering scoring a brilliant 15-point maximum, whilst Sam Masters collected the full 12 from four rides.

Chris Harris (9+2) and reserve Jack Thomas (8+3) were best for the Brummies, who now await news over whether new ownership can be secured to enable them to race on into 2022.

Edinburgh manager John Campbell said: “It was a great performance – even if we didn’t gate first, we rode harder into the first corner and that was where it was won.

“Having two riders score maximums makes it so much easier and they were superb.

“I felt the track was 100 times better than when we were down in the league two weeks ago, and that made it better for us and worse for them.”

Birmingham boss Laurence Rogers said: “It was a disappointing night for us, but congratulations to Edinburgh, they were hotter than us from the gate.

“We really missed Paco (Castagna), his character in the pits is also worth points, and I felt sorry for Dillon (Ruml) who got some hard rides but no points.

“Overall, I want to say our seven riders have been brilliant. They’ve been a joy to work with and team manage, and I’d like to thank them for their efforts.”

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