First Team Match Reports

Solihull Moors v Birmingham City

1 - 0 Jul 20th 2022 at 19:00

Match Report

Solihull Moors v Birmingham City
Solihull Moors v Birmingham City

Solihull Moors lifted The Arthur Cup as Callum Howe’s 10th minute header was enough to down Birmingham City at the ARMCO Arena.

Howe’s looping header from a corner found its way into the net and past Blues ‘keeper John Ruddy, as Moors were victorious on the silverware’s inaugural running.

The goal came shortly after the whole stadium united in a period of applause to remember Arthur Labinjo-Hughes in the sixth minute.

The community came together throughout the evening to raise funds for the NSPCC and Solihull Moors Foundation with several off-field activities taking place.

Team News

Manager Neal Ardley was still without the injured Kyle Storer, Reiss McNally, and Andrew Dallas.

Three trialists were involved in the squad, along with Jack Myatt, Finn Howell, Morgan Owen, and Leo Wood from the Elite Academy.

The Match

Moors goalkeeper Louie Moulden was a busy man throughout the night and had to be at his best to thwart the Blues.

He was first called into action when Maxime Colin made tracks down the right-hand side, before picking out Scott Hogan with a low cross who found Moulden in the way.

Moments later, the home side took the lead when a corner kick was headed back across goal by skipper Howe and the ball dropped over the top of Ruddy and into the net.

Another good opening presented itself when Ryan Barnett raced down the right wing and delivered a ball into the centre for Alex Reid, but the striker was unable to keep his effort down.

Blues lacked a killer pass in the final third while, at the other end, Jamey Osborne tested Ruddy with a powerful drive from outside the area that the goalkeeper stood firm to.

Half-time: Solihull Moors 1-0 Birmingham City

John Eustace’s side were close to levelling minutes into the second half when Hogan headed back off the post following a Colin cross.

Osborne and Howe both put their bodies on the line to make heroic blocks on the line as Blues pressed.

Moors almost doubled their lead in unusual style when Joe Sbarra’s cross almost inadvertently dropped in as it clipped off the top of the crossbar.

Przemyslaw Placheta threaded Juninho Bacuna in behind the Moors backline with a delightful ball, but there was no passing Moulden who was quickly out to spread himself and save.

Neat interchange between Trialist A and Reid saw the latter turn well and force substitute Blues goalkeeper Zach Jeacock into tipping the ball around the post.

And Reid came close as he got onto the end of a Sbarra cross before firing just wide of the mark – the move developed following a surging run from midfielder Callum Maycock.

Moulden saved with his boot to deny Troy Deeney and was at it again to prevent Hogan equalising minutes later. From the resulting corner, Marc Roberts cannoned a header off the base of the post as the Moors survived.

And there was one final piece of Moulden magic as he batted away Bacuna’s drive, as Moors held out to lift The Arthur Cup.

Full-time: Solihull Moors 1-0 Birmingham City

Solihull Moors: Moulden (GK), Clarke, Trialist A (Howell 72), Howe ©, Gudger (Kelleher 60), Sbarra (Trialist C 72), Maycock (Jones 72), Trialist B (Owen 72), Osborne, Barnett, Reid (Wood 72).

Subs not used: Myatt.

Image by Richard King

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