Stalybridge Celtic 0 Solihull Moors 3
MOORS travelled to Stalybridge to face a club they have never beaten away in their history, writes John Clothier.
The match started with both teams in attacking mood – an early free kick from Celtic’s Kristian Platt had Jas Singh straight into action whilst on 10 minutes Dior Angus shot over the bar after good work from Junior English.
On 20 minutes Omar Bogle created a one on one with the ‘keeper but his shot lacked power. Caught on the break Singh foiled a well-struck 20 yarder on 31 minutes.
Moors were piling forward and in a goal mouth scrap Junior English, with six minutes of the half remaining, produced an exquisite bicycle kick into the right hand corner of the net for the first goal.
Within two minutes of the re-start Dior Angus took the ball right through the host’s defence, before laying on a pass to Bogle who switched it onto his left foot and coolly doubled the score.
On 56 minutes Solihull killed off the game when a goalmouth struggle saw the ball drop at the feet of Reece Fleet who hammered in number three.
With five minutes to go Celtic bombarded the Moors goal as shot after shot was defended, English, Langdon and Pierpoint throwing themselves in the way.
A last minute effort from Beswick produced a final save from the impressive Cairns, but as the referee blew for full time the smiles on the Moors faces said it all – a great 0 - 3 win which might have well been bigger but for Cairns in the Celtic goal.
On Saturday Solihull play Halifax Town at Damson Park, kick off 3pm.