FOOTBALL - Dallas penalty secures point for Moors - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Dallas penalty secures point for Moors

ANDREW Dallas’s first-half penalty secured a point for Solihull Moors as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Barnet to stretch their unbeaten run to three matches.

Dallas levelled from the spot on 31 minutes after Ryan De Havilland netted a third-minute opener before Louie Moulden saved a late penalty to earn Moors a share of the spoils at the ARMCO Arena.

The result means Solihull sit third in the National League table to remain three points off the top.

Prior to kick-off, both sets of supporters observed an immaculate minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

And Barnet made a quick start to take the lead after just three minutes as De Havilland poked the ball home past Moors goalkeeper Louie Moulden.

The visitors dominated the opening exchanges and came close to doubling their lead when Fiacre Kelleher was caught in possession before Sean Shields scraped the bar with a shot from 20-yards out.

Moors responded when some magical footwork from Joe Sbarra created space on the edge of the penalty area before hitting the inside of the post.

And moments later, Solihull were given a penalty which was slotted home by Dallas for his sixth goal of the season.

Neal Ardley’s side should have headed into the break with the lead, only for Josh Kelly to miss the target when one-on-one.

Chances were at a premium in the second period until Barnet goalkeeper Laurie Walker spilled a cross with the visiting defenders quick to clear the ball to safety.

Moors survived a scare just before the hour mark when the ball broke loose in the Solihull box, following a challenge between Moulden and Nicke Kabamba, only for the eventual chance to be blocked.

And Barnet were handed a golden chance to snatch the points in the final 10 minutes when Moulden brought down Kabamba as the keeper rushed out to control the ball.

However, Moulden atoned for his mistake with a stunning save, diving low down to his right, to keep out Dale Gorman’s spot kick.

Solihull are next in action away at Woking on Saturday, September 24 with kick-off at 3pm at Kingfield Stadium.

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