Solihull Moors Women made history at the weekend by progressing through to the second round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup for the first time ever, with a comfortable victory over Sedgley & Gornal United.
Tom Blaymires' side were out of sight by half time, as they led 4-0 courtesy of an Annie Highway penalty, and further goals by Eva Rogers and a double from Cheryl Edwards.
After the interval Lydnsey Ross-Baker added further gloss to the scoreline as Blaymires' side progressed to the next round to face Coventry Sphinx away on Sunday 27 November.
Manager Tom Blaymires made several changes in order to rotate his squad with some important league fixture on the horizon.
The starting XI was as follows: Harley Savage (GK), Charlotte Taylor, Shannon McFadden, Heidi Sloan, Demi Walker, Zoe Creaney (c), Annie Highway, Eva Rogers, Cheyanne Jarvis, Lyndsey Ross-Baker, Cheryl Edwards.
The opening quarter of an hour began at a slow pace with much of the play in the middle of the park with neither team making any clear cut chances.
However, Moors quickly sprung to life when Annie Highway found herself in acres of space and unleashed a shot from the edge of the area only to see it fly over the bar.
The same player was in the heart of the action again a few moments later when she was brought down in the area. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Highway stepped up to slam home and give the away side the lead.
Moors were forced into an early change when Cheyanne Jarvis had to leave the field through injury, teenager Katie Jamieson took her place and immediately made her mark on the game. With half an hour gone, she found Highway on the edge of the box who held the ball up nicely before finding Eva Rogers to lash the ball home from the six-yard line.
With Moors already two goals to the good, they appeared ruthless as they pushed to get the game sewn up by half time. Heavy Moors pressure forced a mix up in the home side's defence and Cheryl Edwards was there to pounce and open her account.
Just four minutes later, her brace was complete when she did well to arrive on the scene and convert a Ross-Baker cross to put the visitors 4-0 up.
Half-time: Sedgley & Gornal United 0-4 Solihull Moors Women
Shortly after the break, Blaymires was forced into another change when Becky Knight replaced Cheryl Edwards, despite that though, the game carried on in the same vein as before with the Moors pressing and Gornal unable to trouble Harley Savage in the visitors goal.
Knight and Ross-Baker on the other hand were calling the home shot-stopper into action on a more frequent basis and it was indeed the latter who rounded off the victory for Moors with ten minutes to play. She went marauding down the right flank and delivered a cross-cum-shot which looped over the keeper into the top corner of the net.
And that's how it finished, another comfortable win for Blaymires' side as they made history by reaching the next round where they will face an away trip to Coventry Sphinx.
Full-time: Sedgley & Gornal United 0-5 Solihull Moors Women
Solihull Moors: Harley Savage (GK), Charlotte Taylor, Shannon McFadden, Heidi Sloan, Demi Walker, Zoe Creaney (c), Annie Highway, Eva Rogers, Cheyanne Jarvis, Lyndsey Ross-Baker, Cheryl Edwards.
Next match: Stourbridge FC Women (H) 20\11\22.