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Solihull Moors 2 - 0 Tranmere Rovers
Solihull Moors 2 - 0 Tranmere Rovers
Date: Mon 18th Dec 2017
Attn: 215

After floodlight failure disrupted the meeting between these two sides just 48 hours earlier, The Moors welcomed back Tranmere Rovers back to The Automated Technology Group Stadium, in the hope of progressing to the second round of the Buildbase F.A. Trophy.

Despite the testing conditions, it was The Moors who had the first chance of the game. A lovely give and go between Jamey Osbourne and Jermaine Hylton found the on-loan Grimsby man in space but he fired just wide from the edge of the area. The Moors kept the pressure up and quickly after, Hylton robbed Luke Pilling of possession, but his pullback was screwed wide by Afolayan.

The Moors made their pressure count in the seventh minute and it was a moment of magic from Jamey Osbourne. He picked up the ball and hit an unstoppable shot in to the top corner from 35 yards to give Solihull the lead.

Tranmere’s first chance of the game came after 18 minutes. A scuffed clearance only got as far as James Norwood on the edge of the box, but his volley was straight at Max O’Leary. Oliver Norburn then tried to recreate the goal he had scored on Saturday, but on this occasion his free kick went the wrong side of the post. The visitors were starting to up the ante, but the Moors defence were staying strong and resilient.

A penalty was awarded to The Moors in the 40th minute after referee, Christopher O’Donnell, judged that Kelleher had been fouled in the box from a corner. Jermaine Hylton stepped up and kept his cool as he calmly chipped the ball down the middle to put the home side firmly in the driving seat. That was it for the action in the first half and The Moors were good value for their lead.

Tranmere had a golden opportunity within a couple of minutes of the restart. A fantastic through ball from Oliver Norburn found James Norwood, but he dragged his shot wide. Tranmere were applying lots of pressure in the opening exchanges but were failing to carve open any clear-cut chances.

Jermaine Hylton then forced a fantastic save from Tranmere goalkeeper Luke Pilling. A weak back pass from Steve McNulty was pounced upon by the striker who went through one on one with Pilling, but the Tranmere man tipped it round the post, and prevented The Moors from putting the game to bed.

The Moors continued to press for that elusive third goal. Jamie Reckord found Afolayan in space on the edge of the area but the wingers effort was inches wide with Pilling beaten. Afolayan was causing all sorts of problems for the Tranmere defence, this time he found himself in behind the away back line, from a Thomas flick on, but he dragged his shot wide.

Tranmere were pressing hard to get back in to the game, however they were struggling to break down the Solihull defence who were restricting them to half chances and no clear sights of Max O’Leary’s goal. Andy Cook went close for the visitors after 82 minutes, but his looping header sailed just wide.

Jermaine Hylton saw red for the hosts in the 90th minute for a late tackle on Tranmere man Adam Buxton, but it made no difference to the score line as The Moors held on too book their place in the second round of the Buildbase F.A. Trophy.

The victory sets up an away tie against either Spennymoor Town or Gainsborough Trinity.

Seven-One-Zero Man of the Match                          Jamey Osborne

MOORS XI – O’Leary, K Green, Murombedzi, Hylton, Afolayan (Martin 89), Reckord, P Green, Daly (c), Kelleher, Osborne (Carline, 85), Thomas.

Report from James Morgan                         Photo Courtesy of Tom King


Solihull Moors - Goals Scored 2
# Name Cards Goals MOM Sub For Sub Time
Tranmere Rovers - Goals Scored 0
# Name Cards Goals MOM Sub For Sub Time
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