Witton Albion 0 Solihull Moors 2
By Luke Turner
Moors comfortably through fourth qualifying round tie...
Solihull Moors sealed their place in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup after a professional display against Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Witton Albion.
Goals in each half from Adi Yussuf and Liam Daly were enough for the Moors in a game in which they largely dominated at Wincham Park.
A long ball over the top saw home captain Rob Hopley get in behind the Moors defence and test ‘keeper Ryan Boot, who was unsighted but did well to hold the low effort.
The Moors then almost gifted Witton a chance on goal as Tyrone Williams’ back pass forced Boot to react smartly with a strong challenge against Will Jones to just about clear from any danger.
Tim Flowers’ side did well to take the sting out of their hosts and some patient build-up play resulted in Daly’s long ball finding its way to Yussuf, but the striker could only fire wide of the right-hand post.
Yussuf was on the end of another positive Moors move as he met Jordan Murphy’s forward pass, twisted onto his right and shot high and wide of Greg Hall’s goal.
But the Moors number nine had his moment at the third time of asking with six minutes to go until the break. The visitors worked the ball out to the right-hand side where Williams’ pinpoint cross found the unmarked Yussuf who headed home from 12 yards.
In one final attack of the half, Hopley cut back for Delial Brewster, but the Solihull defence did well to stand firm and thwart their opponents.
Half-time: Witton Albion 0-1 Solihull Moors
Yussuf was in the thick of the action as the second half began as he got in behind down the left wing but was unable to pick out a man in the middle with several attempts to cross all blocked, before he eventually fouled his man.
Some good pressure from Moors then very so nearly resulted in a second goal of the afternoon. Kyle Storer’s volley from the edge of the area was well saved by Hall, before he got back to his feet to save again from Maxwell moments later.
The away side continued their dominance in a 10-minute spell where Maxwell’s deep free kick met the head of Daly whose downward header was parried away from danger by Hall.
Witton weathered that storm and then proceeded to push forward themselves. Jones and Danny McKenna combined before the latter swung a leg from the edge of the area, but well wide.
Jermaine Hylton’s quick feet were causing all kinds of problems for the Albion defence as he tricked his way into the box past three men, before his path was blocked.
With just eight minutes left to play, Moors sealed their progression into the first round as Murphy’s corner to the edge of the box found Storer who then worked it out to Daly on the right. The defender found himself into an unnatural position, but took aim and saw his effort fly into the top corner with a strike out of the top drawer.
Full-time: Witton Albion 0-2 Solihull Moors
Moors: Boot (GK), Williams, Daly, Gudger (Flowers 62), Reckord, Storer ©, Maxwell, Thomas (Wright 67), Murphy, Hylton, Yussuf (O’Keeffe 86).
Subs not used: Carline, Osborne, Carter.
Man of the Match: Liam Daly
Report by Luke Turner
Images by Tom King