Moors draw com­fort in Cup from Daly hero­ics

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DE­FENDER Liam Daly con­firmed Soli­hull Moors’ place in the FA Cup first- round draw with a bril­liant late strike to wrap up vic­tory at Wit­ton Al­bion.

Adi Yus­suf had given the vis­i­tors a slen­der one- goal ad­van­tage at the break but it was the tow­er­ing cen­tre­half who fi­nally ended the hopes of the Evo- Stik North­ern Pre­mier League side with his strike eight min­utes from time.

And Moors boss Tim Flow­ers was full of praise for the Soli­hull stal­wart.

“It’s a won­der­ful strike,” he ad­mit­ted. “He’ll be talk­ing about it, for sure, I don’t think he could quite be­lieve it him­self.

“Peo­ple see the big, strong, pow­er­ful cen­tre- half who can come and head and dom­i­nate but, I tell you what, he’s a good foot­baller.

“It took the pres­sure off us a lit­tle bit, just get­ting that ex­tra goal, and then we looked like we might get one or two more.”

Wit­ton had a hand­ful of early chances but could not find a way past Ryan Boot, who kept out a Rob Ho­p­ley ef­fort be­fore deny­ing Will Jones af­ter he had pounced on a weak back- pass.

Moors set­tled into their stride, though, and af­ter Yus­suf had put one ef­fort over the tar­get, he found his range to break the dead­lock on 39 min­utes, head­ing a Ty­rone Wil­liams cross past Greg Hall from 12 yards.

It was af­ter the break the vis­i­tors be­gan to take con­trol and would have had the tie wrapped up a lit­tle sooner had it not been for the Wit­ton keeper. Hall did well to keep out a Kyle Storer vol­ley, re­cov­ered well to save Luke Maxwell’s fol­low- up and, soon af­ter, de­nied Daly when he clawed away a close- range header.

But there was no stop­ping Daly’s thump­ing drive from the edge of the area eight min­utes from time.

“All in all, the bot­tom line was to get in the hat and make sure we were not a Na­tional League scalp,” Flow­ers added.

“There were some half- scram­bles and blocks but we got our noses in front, which was great.

“Sec­ond half, I thought we were a lit­tle bit more com­fort­able. We played a lit­tle bit more on the front foot, cre­ated one or two chances and their goal­keeper made some good saves. For the most part we stuck to what we’re good at.” On Alex Gudger’s in­jury, ahead of Satur­day’s trip to Maid­stone United, Flow­ers added: “I think Gudge will be al­right. He felt a tight­en­ing in his groin, so I’m hop­ing he’ll be al­right with a bit of rest and treat­ment early in the week.”

WIT­TON AL­BION: Hall, Gard­ner, Devine, War­dle, Humphreys, Lin­gouba, McKenna, Brew­ster, Fo­ley, Ho­p­ley, Jones. Subs: Booth, Wil­son, Yates, Wil­liams, Moore.

SOLI­HULL MOORS: Boot, Gudger, Daly, Wil­liams, Reck­ord, Storer, Hyl­ton, Thomas, Maxwell, Mur­phy, Yus­suf. Subs: Os­borne, Carter, Carline, Flow­ers, Wright, O’Ke­effe

Moors Acad­emy young­ster Mikkel Hirst has re­ceived a call- up to St Kitts and Ne­vis Un­der- 20s, ahead of the Concacaf Un­der- 20s Cham­pi­onships in Braden­ton, Florida, next month.

The Su­gar Boyz have been placed in Group D and will face off against Mar­tinique, Do­minica, Guade­loupe, Canada and Panama.

Hirst has been ply­ing his trade out on loan with Mid­land Foot­ball League Pre­mier side Ro­mu­lus, get­ting some match min­utes as he con­tin­ues his de­vel­op­ment.

On his in­ter­na­tional call- up, the full­back said: “It’s re­ally good to be called up.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about go­ing to Mi­ami to play in this tour­na­ment.

“There will be a lot of de­cent teams to play against and I’m just look­ing for­ward to show­ing my stuff.

“I’m look­ing to play my best foot­ball as I’ve been told to do from a young age. I want to im­press the coaches and other play­ers around me.”

Hirst will link up with for­mer Moors Acad­emy young­sters Tyrese Shade and Ro­mario Martin who are also named in the squad head­ing out to Florida, to once again high­light the ever- grow­ing suc­cess of Moors’ Acad­emy.

PIC­TURES: TOM KING

Adi Yus­suf, left, cel­e­brates with Jor­dan Mur­phy af­ter scor­ing for Moors and, right, Mur­phy in an aerial duel with a Wit­ton Al­bion de­fender.

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