24th Sep, 2017

Shade goals put pay to Highgate's chances as Moors win second pre-season game in as many days

FOOTBALL: JUST 24 hours after defeating Barwell, Solihull Moors made the short journey to Highgate for their annual friendly, writes John Clothier.

With pouring rain persisting throughout the night, it’s likely Moors have already played in their most atrocious weather conditions this season.

The game was played on Gate’s training pitch – and Liam McDonald took the opportunity to play some of his Academy players right from the start along with first showings for Shomari Barnwell and Kalern Thomas.

Moors opened the scoring on 13 minutes when Callum Coyle’s cross met the head of George Carline.

However, a lapse of concentration saw Gate equalise a minute later after a break down the flank and quality cross into the danger area.

Carline was floored by a dangerous tackle on 17 minutes as Moors looked to for the next goal – but the nearest they came to it was with four minutes of the half left when Coyle put a ball through to Barnwell, but his shot went wide.

The last action fell to Highgate when a free kick was headed over.

Thirteen minutes from the restart, Solihull were back in front when Shomari Barnwell set up one of the trialists who under pressure slotted the ball home.

Tyrese Shade then got on the scoresheet as he drilled in low from just outside the box to give Moors a two goal lead.

Highgate clawed one back on 72 minutes but the game was put to bed two minutes later when Shade showing some brilliance as he hit his second goal of the night.

Moors are back in action this Saturday at the ATG Stadium, kick-off is at 3pm.

Picture: Tom King. (s)

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