THERE was relief and delight in equal measure at Allpay Park on Tuesday night as Solihull Moors defeated Westfields in the second round of qualifying for the FA Cup after three hours of football.
After the original tie ended 1-1 at Damson Park, with Ryan Beswick netting for Moors, the Blue Square North team managed to go one better in the replay. This time round the goals came courtesy of Michael Blackwood and Omar Bogle, as Marcus Bignot’s men, fuelled by the disappointing result last Saturday, advanced to the next round.
Moors came out of the blocks quickly and could have been two ahead after ten minutes. Ryan Beswick saw his effort sail over the bar before Darryl Knight inexplicably miss hit a glorious chance from 15 yards.
The opportunities continued when Beswick came close on a couple of occasions. When Blackwood was brought down in the penalty area after half an hour, only to be booked for diving, it seemed as if it was going to be one of those nights for Moors.
Luckily then, the goal came at the right time, as Blackwood was able to control the ball on the edge of the area, keeping his composure to curl into the top right hand corner of the goal.
It was crucial that Moors established the lead just before the break, especially considering Westfields’ resurgence early on after the restart.
An equaliser soon came, but not after a Beswick free kick had rattled the crossbar.
Reigniting their hopes of a cup upset, Westfields’ Jamie Cuss fired a spectacular shot into the top corner from the edge of the box, levelling just after the hour mark.
With extra time looking certain, Omar Bogle emerged as the hero with a clinical header from Beswick’s inswinging corner in the final moments, sending Moors through to a tie against AFC Fylde in the next round.
Bignot will hope that the late win provides a catalyst for his team, who travel to Vauxhall Motors as league action resumes on Saturday.