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All-Square In Six-Goal Thriller: Solihull Moors 3-3 Harriers
July 30, 2016

All-Square In Six-Goal Thriller: Solihull Moors 3-3 Harriers

Harriers overturned an early deficit to lead but were ultimately held by National League new-boys Solihull.

Facing the side that replaced them in the league above Harriers were quickly on the back foot as they fell behind after just 13 minutes when former Red Harry White was on hand to turn the ball in after a free-kick had been headed across goal by Liam Daly.

Just four minutes later Harriers were in even more trouble when they failed to deal with a corner from the left and after a defender had sliced the ball against the post and Sam Hornby had parried the follow-up another former Harriers, Stefan Moore stabbed in the loose ball.

Despite the setbacks it was Harriers who were playing the better football and they pulled a goal back just ahead of the half hour mark when last season's joint top scorer James McQuilkin blasted a free-kick into the top corner from 20+ yards out.

Shortly afterwards Harriers could have been level; Tyrell Waite's run on the right set up McQuilkin who laid the ball of to Arthur Gnahoua who saw his shot saved by former Harrier Danny Lewis.  The respite for Moors was brief, a swift counter-attack from Harriers saw Waite race away on the right before crossing to the far post where Elton Ngwatala arrived late to plant a firm header into the back of the net.

Harriers kept on coming at their hosts in waves and a run by Gnahoua that saw him jink his way past the home defence on 36 minutes should have been rewarded by a goal but his shot was saved by Lewis at the expense of a corner.

Gnahoua's efforts were rewarded two minutes before the break when a long through ball split the Solihull defence wide open allow him in to tuck a shot past Lewis.

The second half didn't quite live up to the excitement of the first but was still a good competitive encounter.  Harriers created a number of chances that they failed to capitalise upon and were made to pay for 20 minutes from the end when they again failed to deal with a corner and a Solihull trialist lashed the ball home.

Mani Dieseruvwe had a great chance to restore the lead when he met a trialist's cross but headed straight at Lewis and in the last minute he had the ball in the net turning in Tyrone Williams' shot only for it to be ruled out for offside.

 

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