First Team Match Reports

Solihull Moors v AFC Telford United

2 - 0 Dec 20th 2022 at 19:45

Match Report

Solihull Moors v AFC Telford United
Solihull Moors v AFC Telford United

Super subs earn Moors' progression to the Fourth Round.


It was a first outing in two-and-a-half weeks for Solihull Moors who have been left frustrated by postponements of late, but they put that behind them with a comfortable 2-0 win over AFC Telford.

In a game that Neal Ardley's side dominated, it took two substitutes in Joe Sbarra and Ryan Barnett to seal a Fourth-Round spot.

Moors will now host Barnet in the Fourth Round on Saturday 14th January after their late win over Plymouth Parkway.

Team News

Ardley made a number of chances for FA Trophy action, including a debut for Elite Academy prospect Kian Ryley on the left-wing.

There was also a return for Callum Howe in the defence having missed the last couple of months through injury.

Justin Donawa, Callum Whelan, and Ethan Vaughan were other notable inclusions in Ardley's starting 11.

The Match

Moors began on the front foot with Josh Kelly causing the most danger in a central striking role. He was unlucky to see his effort well-blocked with three minutes on the clock after wriggling away from a couple of Telford men in the area.

Elsewhere, Ryley was causing all sorts of problems for the Telford back-line on debut. He was given too much space with 15 gone and forced a superb save out of Luke Pilling from the edge of the area to deny the youngster a dream start.

Moors were pushing hard against their lower-league opponents, Callum Maycock had a volley cleared from the line and Ryley dragged another effort just wide before the 20th minute.

It took until the 27th for Telford to have an effort of note, and with it, probably should have opened the scoring. Prince Ekpolo charged forward and found Nathan Blissett on the edge of the area, who let fly and rattled the bar with his strike.

Despite that, Ardley's side were the better team throughout the first half and had some heroic Telford defending to blame for not going into the interval with a deserved lead. More good work from Ryley set Whelan free in the area, who teased a fine ball across goal that Donawa couldn't finish due to the fully committed Telford defence.

Half-time: Solihull Moors 0-0 AFC Telford United

After the break it was Moors who were again firmly on top and aside from a few Telford pop-shots from range, were never troubled throughout.

Whelan almost scored an unlikely header with 50 minutes played, in the end Vaughan's looking cross had just too much it for the Moors midfielder in their first big chance of the half.

With the Telford defemce standing firm, Ardley looked to his bench on 65 minutes in search of a little bit of star quality to get over the line, he duly brought Sbarra and Barnett into the mix, and that proved to be vital.

Just minutes later, Sbarra latched onto a Kelly flick-on and raced through on goal; with Pilling closing the angle, Sbarra beautifully dinked his effort over the Telford 'keeper to open the scoring.

Soon after it was Barnett's turn to threaten the Telford goal. He got on the end of a low cross and after a touch to create an angle, drilled narrowly wide of the left-hand post.

Barnett wasn't to be denied, however, with 76 minutes on the clock he was on the receiving end of an intricate passing triangle and applied a calm finish into the roof of the net to all-but seal the tie.

There were a couple more late chances for Sbarra, the first he blasted into the side netting, and on the second the Moors man was denied by a last ditch challenge that left him a little worse for wear as he hobbled off with seconds to play.

Solihull Moors 2-0 AFC Telford United

Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Vaughan (Clarke), Howe, Kelleher, Coker, Storer (c), Maycock, Whelan, Ryley (Barnett 65), Donawa (Sbarra 65), Kelly

Subs not used: Moulden, Gudger, Dallas, Howell

Attendance: 486 (107 away)

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Interview

Neal Ardley's take on comfortable win in the FA Trophy.

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