Ebbsfleet United 0 Solihull Moors 1
By Matt Roberts
Moors up to second in the league...
Solihull Moors moved back up to second in the Vanarama National League after Adi Yussuf’s goal was enough to defeat Ebbsfleet United at Kuflink Stadium.
Both sides ended the game with nine men each in a crazy second half which got completely out of control and resulted in four red cards.
The Moors had a scare early on when Ryan Boot when down clutching his hamstring, but fortunately got back to his feet after some treatment.
Cody McDonald was first to test Boot as a cross came in and he went for an acrobatic effort that was comfortably held by the Moors’ number one.
The visitors came ever so close to taking the lead when Kyle Storer’s cross was met by an unmarked Jermaine Hylton, but Nathan Ashmore was there to make an incredible save – Alex Gudger’s follow-up was subsequently blocked as well.
Jamey Osborne then tried his luck as he drifted past several Fleet defenders, cut inside and drilled low into the body of Ashmore.
Chris Bush had the best chance of the first half for the hosts as he met a corner in the middle, but could only direct his header wide of the mark.
Half-time: Ebbsfleet United 0-0 Solihull Moors
Not for the first time, Ashmore made a sensational save to prevent Moors from taking the lead and it was once again Hylton’s effort.
Danny Wright played in the Solihull attacker who closed in on goal and hit a deflected effort that looked to be heading over Ashmore, but the ‘keeper clawed it back off the line.
However, Tim Flowers’ men did break the deadlock after 51 minutes when Darren Carter’s in-swinging corner was met by the head of Yussuf who made no mistake from a few yards out.
Ebbsfleet so nearly levelled when a bit of pinball in the box ended up with a save from Boot and a block on the line, before the final shot was fired over.
Then came an opening for Hylton who capitalised on a slip by Lawrie Wilson, before jinking his way through and unleashing an effort from the edge of the penalty area that flew over the top of the bar.
Corey Whitely raced down the right-hand side and cut back for Jack Payne who got a shot away, but there was Moors skipper Kyle Storer to make a solid block.
Wright then went on a mazy run and found a way in on goal, only to find Ashmore in the way again who made a great save with an outstretched palm.
The Solihull striker then looked the seal the three points as Hylton nicked the ball off a defender and squared it for Wright, but his shot deflected over the bar and out for a corner.
As Tyrone Williams went down to receive treatment, a mass brawl broke out between the two sides and, eventually, Bagasan Graham and Luke Maxwell were both sent off.
Dean Rance then went down under a challenge from Liam Daly in the penalty area and was judged to have dived, as he picked up his second yellow card and was then sent off himself.
Wright was the final player to receive his marching orders for an off-the-ball incident in the final stage, as Moors held on to claim a crucial victory.
Full time: Ebbsfleet United 0-1 Solihull Moors
Moors: Boot, Williams, Reckord, Storer ©, Daly, Gudger, Osborne, Carter (Maxwell 67), Yussuf (Hawkridge 70), Hylton (Blissett 86), Wright.
Subs not used: Carline, Vaughan.
Man of the Match: Liam Daly
Report by Luke Turner
Photos by Richard King