Kyle Hudlin’s second-half thunderbolt lit up the SportNation.bet stadium and secured a vital three points for Moors in the National League on Tuesday night.
It was an incredible strike that deserved more than just a ripple of applause from the few in attendance, a standing ovation would have been far more fitting for such a show stopper.
But no doubt the 20-year-old will take great satisfaction in knowing he played a starring role in securing a valuable win for his side.
After a low key-start to proceedings, the game suddenly burst into life with two goals in the space of three first-half minutes.
First to strike were the away side who caught the home side napping from a set-piece. The cross was met by Martin Woods, whose header was deflected past Ryan Boot.
Ball then made immediate amends for giving away the free-kick for Halifax’s opener, the midfielder smashing home a ferociously driven shot from just inside the area.
A closely fought first-half saw both teams trying to wrestle the initiative, conceding would have shocked Moors but Shan would have been pleased by his side’s reaction.
If Ball’s goal was good, then Hudlin’s strike was spectacular, the forward bringing the ball down and hitting an absolute screamer in off the angle from 25 yards out.
The same combination of Ball and Hudlin almost produced a third, but the former’s shot was kept out by a last-ditch block.
Then in almost the last play of the game, Halifax rescued a point. Neill Byrne’s header had Boot rooted to the spot but fortunately for Moors, it ricocheted off the post.
But in the end, it was Hudlin who had the final say, a sublime effort that instilled that winning feeling back into Jimmy Shan’s charges.
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Ahead of the game with the Shaymen, Moors manager Shan made three changes from the side that had narrowly lost to Bromley at the weekend.
Striker Hudlin was tasked with leading the line, the big centre forward coming in for the injured Adam Rooney up front.
Mitch Hancox was given a starting role with Darren Carter rested and Ball, who had been in rich goalscoring form returned to the side in place of Joe Sbarra.
Hudlin showed neat touches early on, drawing applause from the watching Moors players as he showed poise to twirl away from his marker.
Moors seemed in the mood to put on a show, next it was Stephen Gleeson looking to put his name in lights, attempting to catch Johnson off his line from over 40 yards.
Johnson was wise to it though and that speculative effort was the only shot on target in a very tight opening quarter of an hour.
Then out of nowhere, Halifax took the lead. Temporarily down to ten, due to a player injured, they caught Moors cold, Woods’ deflected effort, leaving Boot rooted to the spot.
Moors were not behind for long though, Hudlin caused the initial panic in the area, the ball dropped to Ball whose fierce shot flew past Johnson and into the net.
Shan’s men back on level terms, and going behind had clearly been a wakeup call as Moors started to grasp a hold of the game.
Ball was heavily involved in the next promising Moors attack, his ball found Jordan Cranston, but the wing-back’s wicked delivery was well dealt with by the visiting defence.
That was the last meaningful attack of a closely fought first half which despite the goal blitz midway through, had largely been a midfield battle. The game finely poised at the break.
HT: Solihull Moors 1-1 Halifax Town
The Shaymen came out much the brighter after the interval and Boot was forced into action immediately, flying across his goal to stop Luke Summerfield’s curling effort.
That attempt led to a succession of corners during a period where Moors’ defence were forced to stand strong, Summerfield seeing his rasping shot deflected wide.
It was a spell of pressure that Moors had to endure, Halifax substitute Gevard Nepomuceno drove to the byline, his cut back was dangerous but Moors centre-half Krystian Pearce was up to it.
Then a moment of sheer magic from Hudlin. He took the ball down, spun and from outside the box, rifled an unstoppable shot in off the angle and into the top corner.
Moors had turned the game on its head, their tails were up and they started to play the slick football endorsed by Shan.
Although Boot in the home goal was still called upon. Danny Williams had time to pick his spot but the Moors keeper dived to his right to keep his side’s lead intact.
Hudlin was clearly brimming with confidence, a smart turn had Moors on the front foot, Ball worked a shooting opportunity but a flying block saved the away side.
As the half wore on, Halifax did threaten but a combination of keeper and Tyrone Williams, in particular, helped keep the Shaymen at bay.
Although both were spectators when Jack Earing’s rasping long-range strike whistled past the far post with little under 10 minutes remaining.
Halifax came with late pressure but Moors showed resilience to keep any further goalmouth action to a minimum.
But deep into stoppage time, Halifax looked to have grabbed an equaliser. Neill Byrne’s header beat Boot but not the post as Moors survived a late scare.
It was a hard-fought victory that saw Moors climb to tenth in the table, just one point outside of the play-off places.
FT: Solihull Moors 2-1 Halifax Town