First Team Match Reports

Solihull Moors v Eastleigh

3 - 0 Oct 22nd 2022 at 15:00

Starting Lineup

Solihull Moors

32Nick Hayes
2James Clarke
3Ben Coker
4Kyle Storer
6Alex Gudger
7Joe Sbarra Callum Whelan 65'
8Callum Maycock
11Ryan Barnett
10Josh Kelly 61' Andrew Dallas 70'
15Fiacre Kelleher
19Alex Reid 13' Joey Jones 79'

Substitutes

Solihull Moors

9Andrew Dallas 85' Josh Kelly 70'
16Ethan Vaughan
20Callum Whelan Joe Sbarra 65'
22Joey Jones Alex Reid 79'
27Connor Parsons

Starting Lineup

Eastleigh

1Joe McDonnell
2Brennan Camp
3Michael Kelly
5Aaron Martin
7Charlie Carter Nigel Atangana 77'
8Ousseynou Cisse
11Ryan Hill
12George Langston
14Tristan Abrahams
16John McKiernan Danny Whitehall 62'
21Oscar Rutherford Callum Ebanks 77'

Substitutes

Eastleigh

4Nigel Atangana Charlie Carter 77'
9Danny Whitehall John McKiernan 62'
13Ross Flitney
25Brendan Willson
29Callum Ebanks Oscar Rutherford 77'

Match Report

Solihull Moors v Eastleigh
Solihull Moors v Eastleigh

Neal Ardley's Moors produced a fine display in both defence and attack to comfortably beat Eastleigh 3-0.


Alex Reid once again grabbed a goal to set the Moors on their way, before second half penalties from Josh Kelly and Andrew Dallas secured all three points at the ARMCO Arena.

James Clarke received a second yellow late on for a late challenge to put a slight dampener on proceedings.

Despite that, Ardley was delighted with what he described post-match as, "the best defensive performance of the season."

Team News

Moors faced a selection dilemma ahead of the game with both Callum Howe and Jamey Osborne picking up knocks during the week.

Meanwhile, top scorer Andrew Dallas was deemed only fit enough for the bench after missing last Saturday’s win over Basford United. Kyle Storer captained the side, whilst Fiacre Kelleher partnered Alex Gudger at the back.

There was a familiar face in the Eastleigh goal with Joe McDonnell lining-up against the Moors for the first time since his play-off final appearance for us back in June.

The Match

The game started slowly with either side struggling to create chances. That until the 13 minute mark when Reid put Moors ahead.

Ryan Barnett streaked clear down the right before delivering a low cross to Joe Sbarra who struck first time, his shot cannoned off the post and straight into the path of Reid who tapped home from six yards.

That goal seemed to lift Moors who went close again moments later. This time Barnett drove through the middle and let fly from the edge of the area, but that effort whistled wide.

With 34 minutes gone, Eastleigh had their first genuine effort of the contest. Full-back Michael Kelly let fly from the corner of the area, but his shot rose too high and over the bar.

Whilst Moors were still on top, an important moment came just minutes later. Josh Kelly dispossessed Arron Martin on the halfway line and broke through in a three-on-one situation for Moors, his reverse pass found Reid whose shot was brilliantly saved by McDonnell.

Half-time: Solihull Moors 1-0 Eastleigh

After the break, it was Ryan Boot who was the first of the two keepers to be worked. Oscar Rutherford checked in from the left touchline to fire at goal, but his shot in the end, was a tame one.

It was approaching the hour mark when Moors decided to turn the screw. Barnett had another effort that was deflected over the bar, before Moors struck a telling blow.

After breaking down the left, Joe Sbarra was upended on the corner of the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. It was Kelly who stepped up to roll the ball into the bottom left corner and double Moors' advantage.

With the ball firmly in Moors court, we looked to play more on the counter-attack and it was proving effective. First, Maycock's driving run saw him arrive in space in the area, but his shot was again brilliantly saved by McDonnell who stood firm.

Then, Barnett used his electrifying pace down the right to get to the byline and deliver a cutback, substitute Callum Whelan was arriving on the scene but couldn't get enough on the shot.

Moors fans were, however, made to sweat late on when Clarke saw red in the 76th minute for a second bookable offence. He clipped Ryan Hill late, and the referee felt he had no choice but to give Clarke his marching orders.

Despite that, it was Moors who made sure of all three points by adding a third. Dallas had his shirt tugged at in the area and the referee again decided it would be a Moors penalty. With Kelly already off the pitch, Dallas stepped up and made sure of the victory.

Moors cruised home in the final stages to ensure we climbed up a place to fifth in the National League standings.

Full-time: Solihull Moors 3-0 Eastleigh

Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Clarke, Coker, Storer (c), Gudger, Sbarra (Whelan 65), Maycock, Barnett, Kelly (Dallas 71), Kelleher, Reid (Jones 79).

Subs not used: Parsons, Vaughan.

Attendance: 1636 (63 away)

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