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Solihull Moors v AFC Fylde Women

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Match Report

Solihull Moors v AFC Fylde Women
Solihull Moors v AFC Fylde Women

Solihull Moors Women exited the Women's FA Cup with a 5-2 defeat to AFC Fylde on Sunday afternoon.

Tom Blaymires side began brightly against their higher league opponents but fell away with just under half-an-hour gone.

The visitors from the North-West ran riot and scored a quick-fire four inside 15 minutes before the break.

Despite a spirited fightback shortly after the break in which Moors scored twice, the away side ran away winners to knock Blaymires’ troops out at the Third Round stage.

Team News

There were two changes from the team that beat Coventry Sphinx in the previous round with Ellie Bruton and Abby Jackson coming into the side.

It was a first start since March 2021 for Jackson, who was returning from a long spell on the side-lines.

The Match

The game began in an even fashion with Moors venturing forward on a couple of occasions inside the opening 10 minutes, Eva Rogers the closest to getting on the end of anything.

As expected though, it was Fylde who had the majority of the ball throughout and looked more likely from the 10th minute onwards.

Eventually in the 28th minute, they made their superiority pay. Faye McCoy took a cross down neatly in the Moors penalty area, and with some nice footwork evaded a couple of challenges before going down. The referee pointed to the spot and McCoy did the honours in slamming home.

Just three minutes later, McCoy had her second. A nice ball found its way to the striker, who from range, rifled a fierce shot into top corner to double the lead.

And on the 36th minute, McCoy rounded off a fine eight minute hat-trick. This time it was another long-range effort, as from a free-kick she fired another rocket at Harley Savage's goal, who could only watch as the strike whistled over her head into the roof of the net.

By this point Moors were looking for the half-time whistle sooner rather than later for a chance to re-group, but it wasn't forthcoming. The away side grabbed a fourth, this time through Jenna Carroll who nodded in a Laura Merrin corner to all-but seal the tie before the interval.

Half-time: Solihull Moors Women 0-4 AFC Fylde Women

Heading into the second half, Blaymires and his side had nothing to lose and that appeared to be the message relayed at the break.

Moors came out the traps quickly and grabbed one back inside two minutes. A Bruton corner found an unmarked Zoe Creaney whose header was blocked heroically on the line, but only to Lyndsey Ross-Baker who slammed home from inside six yards.

Moments later Moors had yet more hope. A ball from the right found Shannon McFadden who was running into the penalty area at pace, and she hit a half volley towards the corner that had too much on it for the Fylde 'keeper.

However, Moors' two-goal-defecit was short lived. Amy Hughes latched onto the end of a Caz Fields ball to score the visitors fifth of the afternoon.

And that's how it remained. Moors pushed but Fylde managed the game well after that early scare at the start of the second half, and earn themselves a trip to Aston Villa in the Fourth Round.

Full-time: Solihull Moors Women 2-5 AFC Fylde Women

Solihull Moors: Savage (GK), Howard, McFadden, Creaney (c), Bruton, Walker, Edwards, Rogers, Ross-Baker, Jackson, Russell-Cartwright.

Subs: Miller (GK), Downs, Taylor, Sloan, Roberts, Hornsby, Jamieson, Jarvis.

Attendance: TBC

Next-up: Sheffield Ladies (H) - Sunday 8th January

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