Earlswood Town 0 Moors Academy 2
By Luke Turner
Moors Academy edge into Round Two - by Ronald Crane
There are many exciting things about being involved with Moors Academy FC, but one of them is that every season, we start at “Ground Zero”. Each year our senior players move on and a new bunch of youngsters arrive. Some of them come from professional clubs, others from part-time ones; but they are all keen. The level of technical skill has shot up in recent years, and our job is to introduce these lads to the man’s game of football. Working with highly skilful coaches is stimulating in itself but seeing them at work “at the coal face” as it were, has its own satisfaction.
A slow start to the season, is therefore to be expected. This year’s Moors Academy first team, looked good at home, but struggled away. Now a first win on grass and away, have been achieved. Yet the overall standard of football was not as good as it ought to be.
The Pavilions is a lovely little ground with a charming club house. Earlswood Town are a friendly bunch, and visitors are always made welcome. The competitive nature of the game is reserved for the pitch.
Josh Parsons was still injured, The Clarke twins suspended and Bobbie Biddle on the bench, where he was joined by Rodney Kouakou. Rubyn Gill and Shuja Mahmood returned and Kieran Boucher got a start in goal.
The pattern of the game was established early on, with the Moors making progress down their flanks and Town relying on the long ball through the middle or angled to the corner flags.
A beautiful Moors move ended with the ball in the net only for it to be chalked out for an offside decision.
Town had joy down their left side but squandered a number of chances to test Boucher with inaccurate shooting. Nevertheless, the visitors had the best of the first half.
Having been second best for the first 45 minutes, Town began the second half with renewed vigour. Stokes found himself one on one with Boucher, only for the ‘keeper to make a wonderful save. A minute later Mahmood was in a similar position, but the shot was weak and easily saved. As we approached the hour mark, Kamol Campbell made progress on the right and produced a pin-perfect cross for Rubyn Gill to score.
The Moors continued to dominate, but it was nineteen minutes from the end before they doubled their lead. The Moors were awarded a free kick some nineteen yards out and just right of centre. Campbell made no mistake and hit the net.
Although this was a good win, The Moors can play much better. We shall see what happens on Saturday 6th October when they return to The Pavilions for a quarter final match in the President’s Cup. KO 3pm.
Moors: Boucherl: Mbuti; Sephton (c) (Owen Bennett); Binner; Kendrick: Thomas; Campbell (71); Bennett Dylon; Mahmood (Mason); Gill (59); Martin (Solomon. Subs unused: Kouakou & Biddle
Next Match: Saturday 6th October 2018 Earlswood Town v MAFC Quarter Final President’s Cup at The Pavilions, Malthouse Lane, Earlswood, Solihull, B94 5DX. KO 3pm.
Next Home Match: Tuesday 9th October 2018: MAFC v Earlswood Town FC (really!) at The Trevor Brown memorial Ground, Church Road, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield, B73 5RY. KO 7:30pm