First Team Match Reports

Solihull Moors v Oldham Athletic

2 - 1 Dec 3rd 2022 at 12:30

Starting Lineup

Solihull Moors

32Nick Hayes
2James Clarke
3Ben Coker
4Kyle Storer
6Alex Gudger
7Joe Sbarra 46' Callum Whelan 85'
9Andrew Dallas 49' Bartosz Cybulski 90'
4Jamey Osborne
11Ryan Barnett
10Josh Kelly Justin Donawa 77'
22Joey Jones

Substitutes

Solihull Moors

16Ethan Vaughan
17Justin Donawa Josh Kelly 77'
19Bartosz Cybulski Andrew Dallas 90'
20Callum Whelan Joe Sbarra 85'
27Connor Parsons

Match Report

Solihull Moors v Oldham Athletic
Solihull Moors v Oldham Athletic

Solihull Moors are back to winning ways after a 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic.


It was a first game in two weeks for the Moors who were looking for their first win in eight in all competitions.

They began brightly but couldn't break down a resilient Latics defence in the first half, however, a quick-fire double through Joe Sbarra and Andrew Dallas shortly after the break put the hosts into a comfortable lead.

Despite a late John Rooney goal, it was Moors who held on to clinch all three points.

Team News

Neal Ardley wasn't in attendance on Saturday afternoon, with James Quinn taking charge of the side.

There was a 200th Solihull Moors appearance for stalwart Ryan Boot in goal, whilst Polish striker Bartosz Cybulski was named on the bench looking for his debut having signed on loan from Derby on Friday.

Oldham's ranks including a few familiar faces with Alex Reid making his debut for the club just two weeks after lining up for Moors at Chesterfield. Former Moors defender, Lois Maynard was also in the squad and was named on the bench by David Unsworth.

The Match

The early stages at the ARMCO Arena were non-eventful, with a shot apiece the only threatening moments in the opening 20.

It took until the 28th minute for Moors to go close again, Ben Coker's free-kick was met by Josh Kelly whose glancing header flew just wide of the mark.

It wasn't for a lack of trying for Moors who dominated the ball inside the opening half an hour, another effort fired wide when James Clarke let fly on the volley from 25 yards and wasn't too far away in the 32nd minute.

For the remainder of the half, it was Oldham who looked the more promising. Reid went close when he arrowed a left-footed strike towards goal that forced Boot into a solid save at his near post before Ben Tollitt struck an effort off the upright just minutes later from inside the area.

Half-time: Solihull Moors 0-0 Oldham Athletic

Whatever Quinn had said to his troops at half-time appeared to work as Moors were lightning fast out the blocks, so much so that Sbarra was wheeling away in celebration inside 60 seconds.

Kelly capitalised on a mistake in the Oldham defence to slip a beautiful ball through to Dallas, he looked as though he was destined to pull the trigger but instead laid it on a platter to Sbarra who was waiting at the far post to drill home for one-nil.

And just minutes later it was that same trio at it again! Good work from Kelly found Sbarra, who this time turned provider by executing an exquisite back-heel into the path of Dallas and he did the rest rolling his finish past Magnus Norman to double Moors' lead.

Quinn's side continued to push and look to further add to their lead; Dallas had a tough opportunity with a header that ended up wide, and Sbarra was denied another by a combination of Norman and the post.

In his post-match interview, Quinn admitted that his side could have been 'four or five' up in the second half, and it was Ryan Barnett who had the next effort. He produced a couple of step-overs before arrowing his effort towards the top corner, but for the palms of Norman again.

The Latics began to find their feet with a little under 20 minutes left to play and began having a few moments of their own. Hallam Hope was slipped through on the right with 73 minutes on the clock, but he was met by Boot who came rushing out to close the danger and prevent the striker from getting a proper shot off.

On the 89th minute, Oldham did get their equaliser. Rooney's corner wasn't dealt with by the Moors defence and went all the way through into the top corner to get the home supporters nerves jangling.

With five minutes added time, Moors looked to defend their lead and they just about managed it despite a late scare. From another set-piece, Mark Kitching met the Rooney cross, but could only head over with the final act of the game.

Full-time: Solihull Moors 2-1 Oldham Athletic

Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Clarke, Jones, Gudger, Coker, Storer (c), Osborne, Sbarra (Whelan 85), Barnett, Dallas (Cybulski 90), Kelly (Donawa 77).

Subs not used: Vaughan, Parsons

Attendance: 2005 (634 away)

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