Match report from the SSE Women’s FA Cup clash at Aggborough Stadium
By Matty Paddock - 07/10/2018
Posted 2 weeks ago
A fantastic second half showing helped Harriers come from behind to knock higher-graded Solihull Moors out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup in a genuine shock at Aggborough.
Harriers did begin the game the brightest and quickly set about creating chances; in-form Amber Lawrence turning sharply and shooting into the arms of the goalkeeper before Nicklin, picking up on a low Roberts cross, fired an effort over the bar.
While the hosts did look sharp going forward, Solihull soon established a spell of pressure of their own and, through, Hewitt they had a treble of chances before the half hour mark; one seeing goalkeeper Trowmans hold on well to a rising free kick.
Seven before the break, Solihull ought to have taken the lead but an overhead kick from Hewitt went wide – the opening goal instead arriving seconds later when White, played in through the middle, finished with real composure.
The second half began in perfect style for Harriers; great strength from Lawrence in midfield saw her wrestle the ball free, threading an ideal pass through to Roberts who, with a touch of class, lobbed the ball over the keeper from around 18 yards to level the scores.
That seemed to really settle the Reds for the first time in the afternoon and, after great work from Quick, Lawrence almost made it 2-1 before the hour only for her close-range shot to skew just past the post.
On 67, the tireless Lawrence was rewarded for her industry; sub Davis this time with the pass that midfielder-turned-striker raced on to before taking a touch to steady herself and finishing into the far corner to put her team in front.
Going a goal up against a side two divisions their superior might have set nerves jangling again for many teams but, if anything, the goal actually seemed to give Harries even more steel – their challenges becoming more decisive and breakaways more rapid.
Solihull tried to press hard for a way back to parity but, in truth, the home side controlled the vast majority of the half and duly deserved one of the biggest results of the Ladies team’s history since formation.