FOOTBALL - Moors remain in play-off hunt after comfortable Woking win - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Moors remain in play-off hunt after comfortable Woking win

Solihull Editorial 6th Dec, 2021   0

JOE Sbarra and Adam Rooney scored in either half as Solihull Moors defeated 10-man Woking 2-0 at the ARMCO Arena to sit outside of the play-off places on goal difference.


Sbarra opened the scoring on 28 minutes with a cute finish before Rooney’s penalty sealed the points on 78 minutes after James Ball was pulled down in the box.


Woking had Jamar Loza sent off three minutes from time for a challenge on Jamey Osborne to compound the visitors misery.


The win means Solihull are now eighth in the table – outside of the National League play-off places on goal difference – just four points behind leaders Chesterfield.


Despite Moors dominance it was Woking who had the first chance of the game when Kyran Lofthouse’s effort from 25-yards out skimmed the top of the crossbar.


Solihull then took the lead with their first clear opening of the match as Sbarra ran onto Joe McNerney’s short back-pass before finding the net with the outside of his boot via the aid of the left-hand post for his 10th goal of the season.


And Sbarra should have doubled the hosts lead shortly after when he was denied by the foot of Woking keeper Mark Smith when one-on-one after being played through by Osborne.


Smith made another important stop minutes later when he got down low to keep out Osborne’s bouncing effort after the winger had cut in from the left.


The chances continued to come and go for Neal Ardley’s side when Ryan Barnett struck narrowly wide of the right-hand post when he was quickest to react to a loose ball on the edge of the box.


Moors keeper Ryan Boot made a fine reaction save in the closing stages of the first-half when he got down low to his right to keep out Jermaine Anderson’s deflected effort.


The home side eventually doubled their lead in the second-half when Rooney sent Smith the wrong way from the penalty spot – blasting the ball to the keeper’s right – after Ball was dragged down by McNerney at a corner.


Woking finished the game with 10-men after Loza kicked out at Osborne which led to a melee between the two sets of players with visiting manager Alan Dowson also sent off in the aftermath as Moors claimed back-to-back victories in the league.


Solihull are next in action away at Maidenhead United on Saturday, December 11 with kick-off at 3pm at York Road.


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