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Moors 2 Chester 0 Dapo at the double as Moors claim first home win of the season
Solihull Moors 2 - 0 Chester FC
Date: Tue 5th Sep 2017
Attn: 651


Solihull Moors claimed their first home victory of the season as they defeated Chester 2-0 at a rain-soaked Automated Technology Group Stadium.

Two goals from Oladapo Afolayan were enough to secure all three points for Liam McDonald’s men, despite Zain Westbrooke’s sending-off. 

Although Chester enjoyed some early possession, it was Moors who fashioned the first half-chance. Jordan Liburd’s cross met the head of the unaware Afolayan in the middle who could only glance wide. 

Some neat trickery from full debutant Westbrooke then resulted in the loanee striking a rising left-footed effort just over the bar as the home side began to find some rhythm.

And it wasn\'t long after before the deadlock was broken by McDonald’s side. On the 16 minute mark, some more clever interchange between Westbrooke and Afolayan resulted in the latter picking the ball up on the edge of the box, before composing himself and striking the ball high past Alex Lynch and into the net to give Moors a crucial lead

Chester worked hard in attempt to try and get back into the game, however chances were few and far between. 

Their best opening of the half came when Jordon Chapell broke clear after a misunderstanding in defence, but as he bared down on goal, Liburd stuck with him all the way to put in an outstanding block. 

Less than 10 minutes later, Chapell found his way through again. This time, as he closed in on goal, he unleashed an early strike that was dragged well wide - a wasted opportunity for Jon McCarthy’s men. 

On the stroke of half-time, Moors had a golden chance to double their lead. Skipper Darren Carter delivered a peach of a ball right onto the head of Tahvon Campbell, but the winger was unable to keep his header down as he watched it sail over the bar. 

Half-time: Solihull Moors 1-0 Chester 

The Moors began the second-half brightly and Campbell was again in action, with a chance to add to the lead. Carter’s deep free-kick was headed back across goal by Liburb to the head of Campbell who couldn\'t direct it on target as he was stretching all the way. 

Carter’s corner then met the head of Liam Daly at the back post but his header back across goal looped onto the roof of the net - Daly was making his first appearance back at home since his surprise return from Kidderminster last week. 

Chester brought on tricky winger Craig Mahon ten minutes into the second-half. The diminutive figure went straight into the action as he set up Paul Turnbull to strike wide from 25 yards. 

It took until the hour mark before Moors goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan was tested, Turnbull striking a free-kick from an acute angle that was tipped over by the Vanarama National League Player of the Month for August.

Moors were reduced to 10 men with just over 15 minutes remaining when Westbrooke went into a full-blooded challenge with Wade Joyce and after catching the Chester man, the referee had no hesitation but to send the 20-year-old off 

The sending-off didn’t faze McDonald’s players as just minutes later, Moors doubled their lead. Some excellent work from Shepherd Murombedzi deep inside Chester’s penalty area resulted in him nipping the ball off Lathaniel Rowe-Turner before squaring for Afolayan who smashed home from close range.

Chester found it difficult to make their extra man count with Mahon coming close with a zipping effort that swerved just over Vaughan’s bar.

In fact, it was Moors who came closer to adding a third. Murombedzi peeled away on the edge of the area before unleashing a powerful drive that drifted not far wide.

The 10-men of Moors were backed right up until the end by the magnificent support behind the goal as the team comfortably held on to claim a vital three points and a first clean sheet of the campaign. 

Full-time: Solihull Moors 2-0 Chester

Next up, we entertain Macclesfield Town on Saturday (September 9) where the team will be looking to secure back-to-back wins - kick-off for that game is 3pm.

Solihull Moors: Vaughan (GK), Green, Carter ©, Kettle, Murombedzi, Liburd, Afolayan (Dunkley 84), Carline, Daly, Campbell (Green 68), Westbrooke. 

Seven One Zero Clothing        Man of the Match        Oladapo Afolayan 


Attendance: 651 (216 away fans)

Report by Luke Turner                                   Photos Courtesy of Steve Feeney

Solihull Moors - Goals Scored 2
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Chester FC - Goals Scored 0
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