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Solihull Moors v Stourbridge FC

1 - 3 Nov 20th 2022 at 14:30

Match Report

Solihull Moors v Stourbridge FC
Solihull Moors v Stourbridge FC

Solihull Moors Women were knocked out of the Birmingham County Cup by Stourbridge on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 defeat.

Tiana Russell-Cartwright got the Moors off to the best possible start by putting her charges ahead inside the opening five minutes.

However, the visitors, who sit top of the National League Division One Midlands, asserted their dominance, and scored three before the break.

Despite a spirited Moors display, that's how it remained as Moors exited the cup.

Team News

With a huge Second Round tie in the Vitality Women's FA Cup coming up next Sunday, Tom Blaymires made a whole host of changes from last time out.

The starting XI was as follows: Savage (GK), Howard, Downs, Creaney (c), Bruton, Walker, Rogers, McFadden, Jamieson, Hornsby, Russell-Cartwright.

The Match

After a bright start by the away side, it was Moors who found the opener inside five minutes. They quickly broke down the right eventually finding Eva Rogers, her shot was destined for the bottom corner, but for a brilliant clearance off the line. However, that clearance only found Russell-Cartwright five yards out who at the second time of asking turned home to put the hosts in front.

It was a frantic opening at the Davisons Law Arena as Stourbridge quickly looked to hit back. Ellie McGovern was a constant thorn in the side of the Moors, and she shot over on six minutes from a good position on the edge of the area.

McGovern was doing everything but score in the early stages and it was she who fired over again after intercepting Harley Savage's loose clearance.

In the end, the away side got their equaliser, Zoe Clarke's dangerous cross was headed away but only into the path of Alex Nicklin who fired a fine finish into the bottom left corner.

Moors game-plan was to hit on the counter through the pace of Russell-Cartwright, Rogers and those around them. However, they found themselves behind in the 19th minute when Niamh Deasy struck home a fine half-volley. Again, a cross caused a scramble in the area and Deasy was there to power in when the ball popped up to her.

It was a tough ask against a good side and Savage had to be alert to keep the score down before the break. She produced a fine stop on the 29th minute to deny a fierce effort low down to her right before Moors managed to clear off the line.

Moments later the away side did double their advantage. This time Savage was helpless as Nicklin took aim from 25-yards out and looped her shot over the head of the Moors 'keeper.

Half-time: Solihull Moors 1-3 Stourbridge

The second half was vastly contrasting to the first, with either side struggling to make clear-cut openings. Rogers had a shot on the hour mark, but it trickled through to the Stourbridge 'keeper with little pace on it.

Moors continued to push but the visitors, who have dominated the league campaign so far this season, stood firm.

In an uneventful half, the best opportunities came from free-kick's. Zoe Creaney had a few efforts, one that went towards the far post but was well saved, one that hit the wall, and one that sailed just over the crossbar.

It was just one of those days for Moors who now look ahead to a crucial game next week in the Women’s FA Cup away at Coventry Sphinx.

Full-time: Solihull Moors 1-3 Stourbridge

Solihull Moors: Savage (GK), Howard, Downs, Creaney (c), Bruton, Walker, Rogers, McFadden, Jamieson, Hornsby, Russell-Cartwright.

Subs: Sloan, Roberts, Edwards, Ross-Baker.

Attendance: 107

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