A MOORS side mixed with a blend of youth and experience progressed through to the second round of the Birmingham Senior Cup following a 4-3 penalty shootout win away at Highgate United, reports Ronald Crane.
Manager Marcus Bignot picked an experimental team for Tuesday’s cup tie as Moors went out to put the record straight following Highgate’s victory in the Country Cup when the two sides last met.
Moor fielded a side with just three players with any real first team experience, while the rest of the team was made up of reserve players and Liam Daly, playing as centre forward as opposed to his familiar role in the centre of defence, was given the capatain’s armband.
This was not the most exciting game of football but it was not the most boring either. United did not hold back in the tackles, and the referee was, if anything, lenient with his use of the whistle.
For the most part it was a midfield affair with shots on or off target, rare. Yet in the 15th minute Junior English was barely an inch over the bar from a Corner and a minute later Sturridge set up Hobbs who could not manage to control it and the chance was lost.
Daley was causing the home defence trouble all evening with his powerful presence but it was the final ball that was to undo Solihull.
If Highgate were playing all the football, it was Solihull who were the more dangerous in attack. Just prior to the break, Martinez displayed his talent with two quick-fire saves from a Highgate free kick.
The hour mark passed when Braithwaite began to come into the game with a vengeance. He stung Catlow’s fingers and produced a top-class save from the United ‘Keeper.
This resulted in a Solihull corner and high hopes were to be dashed by a terrible delivery.
Highgate did manage some attacks, but their shooting boots had been left behind while Martinez had only five saves to make the entire match.
At the other end, Catlow had more work to do. Markell stung his hands, and Leslie’s turn and shot needed to be saved.
As the clock ticked down it was obvious that one goal would seal it but more likely were penalties and that proved to be the case.
Despite Daly missing his first attempt, Moors had Martinez to thank for pulling off a fine one-handed save and it fell to junior English to score the winning penalty to send Moors through.