FOOTBALL - Moors spot on in Eastleigh win - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Moors spot on in Eastleigh win

Solihull Editorial 24th Oct, 2022 Updated: 24th Oct, 2022   0

SOLIHULL Moors scored two penalties on their way to a 3-0 win against Eastleigh despite James Clarke’s second-half red card.

Moors led at the break through Alex Reid’s strike before Josh Kelly and Andrew Dallas both scored from the penalty spot either side of Clarke’s dismissal for two yellow cards at the ARMCO Arena.

The result means Moors sit fifth in the National League table and remain unbeaten at home this campaign.

And Moors took the lead on 13 minutes when Reid tapped home from six-yards out after Joe Sbarra’s shot cannoned off the post and into his path.

The home side searched for a second goal as Ryan Barnettt’s shot whistled past the post before Michael Kelly fired over for Eastleigh at the other end.

And Solihull were denied a second goal before the break when Reid’s shot was superbly saved by Eastleigh goalkeeper Joe McDonnell after the striker was picked out by Kelly in a three-on-one situation.

Moors were awarded a penalty in the second half when Sbarra was upended at a corner as Kelly rolled the spot kick into the bottom left corner to hand Solihull a two-goal lead.

And McDonnell then stood firm to keep out Callum Maycock’s shot before substitute Callum Whelan was unable to make a clean connection from Barnett’s cross.

However, Moors had Clarke sent off on 76 minutes after the defender committed a second bookable offence with a late tackle on Ryan Hill.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Moors extended their lead when Dallas scored from the spot on 86 minutes after the same player had his shirt tugged in the box.

Moors are next in action away at Maidenhead United tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 25) with kick-off at 7.45pm at York Road.

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