First Team Match Reports

Solihull Moors v Sporting Khalsa

4 - 2 Jan 22nd 2023 at 15:00

Match Report

Solihull Moors v Sporting Khalsa
Solihull Moors v Sporting Khalsa

Solihull Moors Women came out on top in a fourth versus fifth clash at the Davisons Law Arena on Sunday afternoon.

After conceding early, Moors responded quickly through Jess Howard and went into the break on level terms.

Goals after the interval from Zoe Creaney, debutant Abbie Bourton, and Becky Knight sealed the win for the home side.

Team News

Tom Blaymires made just one change from the side that dispatched Long Eaton last time out.

Cheyanne Jarvis dropped to the bench, whilst Demi Walker took her place in the heart of midfield.

Again, it was a three-at-the-back formation for Moors with Ellie Bruton, Zoe Creaney and Jenna Roberts making up those numbers.

The Match

The game began in the worst possible fashion for Moors, conceding inside the opening five minutes. Beth Gallagher's cross from the left was low, and at the far post it was Olivia Woolston who was there to tap home.

Despite that slow beginning, Moors were quick to respond and had their equaliser in the 12th minute, when Tiana Russell-Cartwight used her blistering pace to beat two Khalsa defenders and square up the ball for the on-rushing Howard to slam home against her former club.

Throughout the half it was Moors who looked the more threatening. Eva Rogers was a handful and had a couple of close efforts in a five-minute spell, firstly scuffing an effort from the edge of the area, before poking just wide when through one-on-one.

Russell-Cartwright, though, was the standout player in the first half and she almost got her goal on the stroke of half-time when she connected with Becky Knight's cross, however, couldn't generate the power to trouble Natalie Hall in the Khalsa goal.

Half-time: Moors Women 1-1 Sporting Khalsa

Blaymires' side were quick out of the blocks at the start of the second half with Russell-Cartwright going through on goal on two occasions, on both the goalkeeper standing firm.

However, it was from the second of those that the save went out for a corner and it was from that, which Moors took the lead, when Creaney powered home a header into the bottom corner.

Despite their dominance, there was a scary moment for the home side, though, when Harley Savage brought down a Khalsa striker on the edge of the penalty area; the referee didn't consider the Moors 'keeper as the last player back, and only showed her a yellow card. From the resulting free-kick, Savage produced a fine save to her right to deny a goal-bound strike.

From that point on, it was Moors began to pull away albeit with a huge slice of luck for the third. On debut, it was Abbie Bourton whose cross-cum-shot found the bottom corner via the post to make it 3-1.

Shortly later it was four; Knight was played through and showed great composure to fake a shot, round the keeper and tap home into an empty net.

Khalsa did pull one back when Gallagher beat Savage to the ball and poked beyond the Moors 'keeper, but it didn't matter as Blaymires' charges wrapped up a massive three points.

Full-time: Moors Women 4-2 Sporting Khalsa

Solihull Moors: Savage (GK), Howard, Jackson, Bruton, Roberts, Taylor, Creaney (c), Walker, Rogers, Russell-Cartwright, Knight.

Subs: Bourton, McFadden, Jarvis, Edwards, Ross-Baker.

Next-up: Doncaster Belles (A) – 29/01/23

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