Solihull Moors Ladies 2 Long Eaton United Ladies 3
By Luke Turner
Signs of improvement for Moors Ladies despite defeat - by Leanne Prescott
Solihull narrowly lost out to Long Eaton United on Sunday afternoon, battling hard to fight back from a first-half goal before losing 3-2.
The Moors started the game well, spraying the ball across the pitch well as they looked to carve open some form of opening. However, Long Eaton were equal to everything the home side threw at them, showing great nous and determination to prevent Solihull from bursting through on goal.
In fact, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock with a first-half penalty that goalkeeper Kelly Woolley couldn’t stop. Unlucky to go into the interval a goal down, Solihull turned the screw in the second-half, showing real grit to get themselves back into the contest.
Emily Scott equalised eighteen minutes after the break with a brilliant solo effort from a free-kick. Smashing it in past the goalkeeper, the game was set alive for a ferocious last ten minutes.
Long Eaton retook the lead on eighty minutes after interplay in the middle of the park put them through against Woolley, who was beaten at the near post to make it 2-1 to the away side. A third goal for Eaton on the 87th minute saw their striker convert from close range into an empty net.
A late penalty for Moors gave them a lifeline at the end when brilliant work from Quigley upfront gave Scott the chance to double her tally. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time for further drama but the girls showed plenty of improvement ahead of a busy week of fixtures.