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6th Dec, 2021

FOOTBALL - Solihull Moors 1-2 Wigan Athletic

Aaron Sutcliffe 16th Nov, 2021 Updated: 17th Nov, 2021

SOLIHULL Moors bowed out of the FA Cup after Callum Lang’s extra-time goal condemned them to a 2-1 defeat in their FA Cup first round replay at the ARMCO Arena.

 

Adam Rooney had opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 48 minutes before Jason Kerr levelled with a deflected effort on 66 minutes.

 

Wigan snatched a winner with 104 minutes on the clock when Lang’s flicked header found the far corner to settle the tie.

 

Solihull produced a valiant display against the League One side in front of a record 3,703 crowd at the ARMCO Arena but were unable to find a leveller despite a flurry of late chances.

 

Moors had the first opening of the game when Kyle Storer fired narrowly over when he ran onto a loose ball that dropped on the edge of the penalty area.

 

Wigan then had the first effort on target when Lang tried his luck 20-yards from goal with his effort initially spilled by Boot before he pounced on the follow-up.

 

The home side then had a penalty shout turned down by referee Charles Breakspear after Rooney and Kelland Watts came together in the box.

 

In a half of few chances, Jason Pearce sent a free-kick over the bar just before the break as Solihull proved difficult to break down in the opening 45 minutes.

 

The game opened up at the beginning of the second period when James Ball’s free-kick from 25-yards out was pushed behind by Wigan keeper Jamie Jones.

 

From the resulting set-piece – Moors were awarded a soft penalty after referee Breakspear deemed a foul had been committed on Lois Maynard inside the box.

 

Rooney dispatched the spot kick into the bottom right corner on 48 minutes despite Jones getting his hand to the ball to give Solihull the lead.

 

Moors could have added a second goal soon after when a poor Wigan header fell at the feet of Harry Boyes in the box only for the wing-back to scuff his effort wide of the target.

 

Wigan responded just past the hour mark when Lang drove towards goal before hitting a swerving effort that forced Boot to push the ball over the crossbar.

 

And the Latics pressure eventually told on 66 minutes when Solihull failed to clear their lines at a corner which allowed Gwion Edwards’ effort to deflect in off teammate Kerr.

 

Solihull dominated the next quarter of an hour and came close to reclaiming the lead when Ball’s effort took a wicked deflection off Tendayi Darikwa before dropping the wrong side of the post.

 

Wigan should have snatched a winner in the final few minutes when Lang’s drilled effort was parried by Boot into the path of Edwards who was unable to find the target from inside the six-yard box.

 

Boot then made a stunning save in injury-time – diving low to his left to push Edwards’ curling effort behind to send the game into extra-time.

 

The visitors picked up where they left off in extra-time when Callum Maycock’s miscued clearance fell to Charlie Wyke whose first-time effort on the turn was well-saved by Boot.

 

Wigan spurned another chance minutes later when Wyke knocked the ball down to Edwards who volleyed wide from inside the box before the Latics eventually found the winner.

 

Max Power delivered a dangerous ball in from the left which was flicked home into the far corner by Lang at the near post in the 104th minute.

 

Solihull then had another shout for a penalty turned away by the referee when Dallas beat Jones to a high ball with the Wigan keeper punching the Moors man in the head.

 

Moors keeper Boot then kept Solihull in the contest when he made a stunning save from Edwards when one-on-one.

 

Solihull applied some late pressure and had a couple of golden chances to equalise when Ball had an effort saved by Jones before then blazing over from the resulting set-piece.

 

Solihull are next in action against Chesterfield on Saturday, November 20 with kick-off at ARMCO Arena at 3pm.

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