Four second half goals saw Solihull Moors Women smash Coventry Sphinx - The Solihull Observer

Four second half goals saw Solihull Moors Women smash Coventry Sphinx

Solihull Editorial 4th Dec, 2022   0

SOLIHULL Moors Women bagged four second-half goals to blast their way past Coventry Sphinx and create more history in the Vitality FA Cup.

Tom Blaymires’ side marked their first appearance in the second round by thumping hosts Sphinx 5-1 on Sunday and they will now entertain AFC Fylde in their third round debut.

The tie is set to take place on the weekend of December 11.

“It’s good for our prestige as a club and good for our reputation,” said boss Blaymires.

“It gets our name known across the UK. It gets your name on the map.”

Moors began promisingly at Sphinx but the lower league outfit stunned them with the opening goal with a header past keeper Harley Savage.

Solihull struggled to find an end product, though Eva Rodgers effort was pushed around the post.

But just before the break they were level when Rodgers’ effort was turned into the path of Cheryl Edwards and she finished into an empty net from six yards.

Moors had the quality and it was a moment of magic from Amber Downs that put them ahead early in the second half.

Afforded time and space on the left-hand side, she took aim and sent a rocket shot into the corner of the net.

They had breathing space on the 68th minute when the ball fell to player of the match Shannon McFadden and she steered her shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.

Sphinx never gave up and Savage need to be alert with a couple of smart saves.

But Moors skipper Zoe Creaney put the game beyond doubt when she headed home from a corner with 13 minutes to play.

Emmalee Hornsby added number five, sliding in to score after Tiana Russell-Cartwright powered past two Sphinx defenders to find her team-mate.



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