8th Dec, 2019

Daly departs Moors - plus FA Cup & Birmingham Senior Cup reports

Ben Tyler 13th Nov, 2019

DEFENDER Liam Daly says he will always remain a Solihull Moors fan after announcing his departure from the club on Wednesday afternoon.

The 32-year-old, who was in the final year of his contract, came to an agreement with the Moors to part ways after not being guaranteed a contract extension beyond this season.

Having been an instrumental part of the side that achieved a first-ever promotion to the National League in 2016, Daly waves goodbye to the club having accumulated over 250 appearances in three separate spells.

As a result of the termination of his contract, Solihull have agreed to give the former captain a testimonial match at the end of the season.

Speaking on his decision to depart, Daly said: “Moors are a fantastic club and I’m privileged to have played a part in the success over recent seasons.

“I leave with grateful thanks to many people, especially Mike Turl and Mark Fogarty (club directors), and most of all the amazing Moors fans.

“The club is going from strength to strength and I will always be amongst its biggest fans and the testimonial at the end of the season is an added bonus.”

Solihull chairman Darryl Eales paid tribute to the defender, adding: “Liam is iconic at Moors, both on and off the pitch.

“He is a talisman and epitomises the progression of Solihull Moors over the past three seasons.

“I’m delighted that we have agreed to stage a testimonial for Liam at the end of this season and I’m sure Liam will be part of the Moors family for a long time to come.”

Matters on the pitch, meanwhile, are going according to plan following two cup victories on the road in the space of four days.

Solihull matched their best-ever run in the FA Cup by reaching the second round, where they will host League One side Rotherham United, following a 5-1 rout over National League South outfit Oxford City on Saturday.

The Moors followed that up with a safe passage into the quarter final of the Birmingham Senior Cup after a 2-0 victory at AFC Wulfrunians on Tuesday night.

In Saturday’s trip down south, James Ball was quite simply four-some as his man-of-the-match display denied the hosts any chance of an upset.

With captain Kyle Storer making his 600th career appearance at Court Place Farm, Paul McCallum set the ball rolling for a celebratory victory when heading Moors in front on ten minutes.

It was then up to Ball to score four in succession, twice either side of half time, to seal a fine win against lower-league opposition – albeit for Kyran Wiltshire’s late consolation.

A youthful Moors side equally impressed with a fine display in midweek, although they were made to wait until the 55th minute to open the scoring when Darren Carter’s cross was tapped in by Nathan Blissett.

Four minutes later, Mitch Hancox turned inside and sealed the win with a fine effort that flew inside the post past Tom Turner.

Solihull return to National League action on Saturday (3pm) when hosting AFC Fylde.

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