Knowle 1 Moors Academy 4
By Luke Turner
Moors rule the roost over the Robins - by Bradley Rice
Moors Academy provided a real touch of class as they ran out 4-1 winners against Knowle on Saturday.
Away from home comforts, Moors had too much for Knowle who were unable to deal with Solihull’s superior verve and youthful exuberance.
Reiss McNally got things off to a flying start for Moors. With only five minutes gone, the right back burst into the box and produced a cultured finish past the keeper. 0-1.
Moors had their tails up but it was the home side who were next to notch. Against the run of play, Knowle evened the score.
Robins forward Bridges controlled the ball brilliantly on his chest before acrobatically dispatching the ball into the far corner of the net.
Moors keeper, Ben Maxwell, could only stand and admire a great piece of improvisation from Knowle’s front man. 1-1.
It was a goal that gave the home side belief and they started to grow into the game. It became a much more even contest and both sides had chances to edge in front.
First a clever corner routine worked an opening for McNally but the keeper got down low and denied him with a strong left hand.
Maxwell was then called into action. It was his poor clearance that led to the chance, but he atoned for his error by reacting quickly to tip a volley over the bar.
So 1-1 is how the teams went in at the break. Moors had played well, without getting out of second gear, you felt there was more to come.
The introduction of the returning Jordon Clarke, who’d been out injured, added an extra zip to the proceedings.
There was a renewed sharpness and zeal about Moors play. When the goal did come, it was something straight out the top draw.
Rubyn Gill’s first touch was sublime and his curling finish into the top corner, was nothing short of exquisite. 1-2.
From then on in, there was only going to be one winner, Moors were in the ascendancy. Gill was now brimming with confidence and soon grabbed his second of the game.
An Arman Khooshkoo slide rule pass found him and he once again showed great composure in front of goal, slotting it past the keeper with ease. 1-3.
Clarke then had two opportunities to nick a goal on his return but perhaps down to his recent lack of football, his finishes lacked conviction.
Although unable to get his name on the scoresheet, Clarke did claim an assist, laying one on a plate for Khooshkoo who gratefully accepted the gift. Tapping home to make it 1-4.
From a header, Knowle hit the bar late on but it would only have been a scant consolation.
The game belonged to Moors who on a blustery afternoon, had quite simply, blown their hosts away.