Solihull Moors (A) BSC


Solihull Moors FC v Coventry United FC

Birmingham Senior Cup      Round


Date:          Tuesday 2ndOctober 2018

KO:              7.45pm

Venue:         Damson Park



Well hello one and all. United tonight take a break from the league when they make the short trip to Solihull to face high flying Solihull Moors FC in the Birmingham Senior Cup.

The Moors I’m sure will field a pretty strong team for this one as they will be expecting to go far in this competition, especially with the way that they are playing at the moment. 

United manager Terry Anderson though on the other hand may decide to give some of his fringe players a run out so his team selection is going to be a mystery until just before kick off.

The referee gets the game under way and United start the game brightly as they waste no time in venturing forward in the 1stminute. United’s Luke Downes does well before laying the ball off to Shaquille McDonald who turns swiftly before seeing his fierce drive brilliantly saved and out for a corner. Another United chance comes in the 4thminute from a Kevin Thornton free kick that sees a Shay Nicholson effort easily gathered by the Moors keeper Josh Tibbetts.

Then just as United were looking to get into their stride, the Moors broke forward swiftly with a long punt up field by the No3 Mikkel Hirst that found the No9 Dan Sweeny. Sweeny then raced into the area and coolly slides the ball past Bradley Caswell for the opening goal in the 9thminute.


Well that just shows us what can happen when you move the ball quickly. That was a lethal break by the Moors to undo the United defence.

This game is end to end with both teams going for it and it’s the Moors who create the next decent chance in the 20thminute. The No9 Dan Sweeney stole the ball from United’s Kyle Carey and races into the area with only the keeper to beat but thankfully his shot drifts just wide of the post.

United are not rolling over and are having their fair share of the ball. Kyle Carey runs forward with the ball before cutting in from the left and sends his angled shot just over the bar in the 23rdminute. Then in the 30thminute they get their reward when Kyle Carey once again picks up the ball wide on the left. He proceeds to lay a pass through to Shaquille McDonald to run onto and he steers the ball past the Moors keeper Josh Tibbetts for a deserved equaliser.


What a great goal that was from Carey. United are back on level terms but it was not to last for long as in the 32ndminute the Moors race up the other end with some very slick one touch passing that carved United open leaving the No10 Jordan Murphy to coolly slot the ball past the hapless Bradley Caswell to re-take the lead.


Well that lead didn’t last very long. Proves how you have to concentrate continuously especially after you have just scored!!!!!

United’s heads have not dropped and they are definitely still in this game. United break forward with Kyle Carey down the left. He cuts in field and proceeds to dribble across the edge of the area before despatching a ferocious bullet of a drive that powers past the Moors keeper Josh Tibbetts for a fully deserved equaliser in the 36thminute.


Well what a half this is turning out to be. This is a great end to end game of football with plenty of chances. The interval is nearing and there is still enough time for another goal that sadly falls to the Moors. They win a free kick wide on the left that’s taken by the No8 Corey O’Keeffe in the 39thminute. His deep cross finds the No6 Harry Flowers free at the back and he duly slides the ball into the back of the net to send his team into the break with a slender lead.


The referee soon after blows up for half time.

Half Time


Second Half

The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes. The first booking of the game goes to United’s Shay Nicholson for his foul on the Moors No8 Corey O’Keeffe in the 49thminute.

United are soon back on level terms when from a throw in the ball falls to Shaquille McDonald who then turns and shoots in a single motion and his rocket of a shot nestles in the back of the net for yet another equaliser in the 51stminute.


What another great finish that was and United are back in the game now. United decide to make a change in the 55thminute when the injured Shaquille McDonald is replaced by Debutant Joshua Bennai.

The Moors are starting to crank things up and are putting United under some concerted pressure. Chances start to come for them and they go close in the 60thminute when a Corey O’Keeffe shot brings out a great save from the United keeper Bradley Caswell.

United try and freshen things up a little and take off Gift Mussa and send on Jake Holt in the 63rdminute.

The Moors continue to press United with more regularity now and United finally succumb in the 68thminute from Jordan Murphy corner that picks out the No6 Harry Flowers free at the back post and he makes no mistake with a simple tap in to put the Moors back in the lead for the fourth time already.


What a game this is turning out to be. Goals galore and still 22 minutes to go. The Moors decide to make a change of their own when they take off the No2 Ben Kendrick and send on the No16 Rubyn Gill in the 75thminute.

The Moors now turning the screw on United and are pressing forward at every opportunity. The pressure tells in the 76thminute when they break with pace and the No9 Dan Sweeney forces a grat save out of United’s keeper Bradley Caswell but the loose ball is pounced on by the No16 Rubyn Gill and he drills the ball in from close range to open up a two goal lead.


Well I think that goal will seal it for the Moors. United have fought bravely but the craft of the Moors has worn United down finally though that does not mean that they have given in. United make their final change in the 77thminute when they take off Curvin Ellis and send on Dominik Alleyne.

With the game now in the final 10 minutes, the Moors press again and finally secure the victory when they break again and see the No10 Jordan Murphy race clear and score with a neat finish in the 84thminute.


That should be enough for the Moors now and decide to make a double change in the 86thminute when they take off the No8 Corey O’Keeffe and the No11 Kamol Campbell and send on the No15 Keziah Martin and the No12 Nathan Binner.

As the final minutes run down United have the last chance of the game when a Kevin Thornton corner finds Jake Holt and his firmly hit shot is well saved by the Moors keeper Tibbetts to deny Holt his goal and the final whistle is finally blown.

Full time


In summing up this game I would have to say that this was a VERY ENTERTAINING GAME OF FOOTBALL. Both teams had a good go tonight and United never gave up till the end. They were up against a talented Moors side who showed plenty of pace and guile. United held their own for most parts but the speed at which the Moors broke at was the telling factor in this game and showed sometimes the gulf between the two sides. That said United showed plenty of character to get back into the game on three occasions and should be proud of their efforts tonight.

Players worthy of a mention tonight would have to be the Moors No6 Harry Flowers who looked a class act in the centre of the defence and was more than capable at set pieces as he grabbed a brace to round off a great display.

For United the whole team worked hard all night and stood up well to their high flying opponents. Kevin Thornton worked hard throughout and was always trying to get the team pressing forward. Kyle Carey  had a good first half and scored a great solo goal to round off his performance. Shaquille McDonald looked sharp tonight and fully deserved his brace but for me tonight my man of the match goes to Luke Downes. Luke had a great game in amongst a tough opposing midfield. Luke got stuck in and was never overawed and looked very comfortable in possession of the ball so well played Luke Downes.

Match stats       United     Moors

On target             (6)             (7)

Off target             (2)             (7)

Corners                (3)              (6)

Free kicks            (11)            (10)

Yellow cards       (1)               (0)

Red cards            (0)                (0)

Offside                 (1)               (1)