Match Report: Solihull Moors vs. Hartshill

Final Score: Solihull Moors 4, Hartshill 1

Solihull Moors secured a convincing 4-1 victory over Hartshill in an action-packed second half after a goalless first period.

The match began with both teams demonstrating solid defensive play, resulting in a 0-0 stalemate at half-time. Solihull Moors, however, came out with renewed vigor in the second half, determined to break the deadlock.

Michael O’Dwyer opened the scoring early in the second half, capitalising on relentless pressure to put Solihull Moors ahead. Not long after, Graham Liddiard doubled the lead with a well-placed shot, giving the home side a comfortable 2-0 advantage.

Despite Solihull’s dominance, Hartshill managed to pull one back, completely out of the blue, making it 2-1 and injecting some tension into the match. However, Solihull Moors responded immediately. Graham Liddiard netted his second goal of the match, restoring the two-goal cushion with a quick reply.

The final blow came from John McGinnell, who wrapped up the scoring with a clinical finish, securing a 4-1 victory for Solihull Moors. This win reflects their superior performance in the second half and their ability to respond swiftly under pressure.

A notable aspect of the match was manager John O’Dwyer’s excellent decisions regarding substitutions. His two substitute replacements played crucial roles in physically wearing Hartshill down, demonstrating O'Dwyer's tactical acumen and contributing significantly to the victory.

Overall, it was a well-deserved win for Solihull Moors, showcasing their attacking prowess, resilience, and the strategic expertise of their manager. This impressive performance in the over-65 age group league highlights the team's depth and cohesion.

BCWFL League Cup Match Reports - Over 63’s

Quarter-Final: Solihull Moors 1-0 Coleshill Town

In a tightly contested match at Coleshill Town this morning, Solihull Moors edged past Coleshill Town with a narrow 1-0 victory. The decisive moment came from Billy Stokes, who found the back of the net to secure a place in the semi-finals.

Semi-Final: Solihull Moors 1-0 Burntwood

Solihull Moors continued their strong performance in the semi-finals, defeating Burntwood 1-0. The match-winning goal was scored by Graham Liddiard, whose clinical finish ensured Solihull Moors' progression to the final.

Final: Solihull Moors 0-0 Birmingham (2-0 on Penalties)

The final against Birmingham was a tense affair, ending in a 0-0 draw after regular time. The match was decided by a penalty shootout, where Solihull Moors emerged victorious with a 2-0 win. Graham Liddiard confidently scored the first penalty, while goalkeeper Dave Corser was the hero, saving two penalties from Birmingham. John McGinnell sealed the triumph by powering home the crucial and winning spot kick, crowning Solihull Moors as the BCWFL League Cup champions.

🏆 Solihull Moors have done it! 🏆

Incredible scenes as our over 63's clinch the League Cup, completing a historic League & Cup double after already securing the League title!

The team has shown immense determination and skill all season long.

Congratulations to the players and coaches for this unforgettable achievement! 💛💙

Walking Football League Alliance - Over 63’s Cup

Solihull Moors Walkers 3 Atherstone 0

Wednesday 1st May, 2024
11:00 Kick-Off

Solihull Moors cruised to a 3-0 victory over Atherstone in the WFLA Over 63s Cup, with goals from Graham Liddiard, John McGinnell and Billy Stokes sealing the win and securing their spot in the quarter-finals. The match, showcased the team's skill and determination as they dominated their opponents from start to finish.

The scoring was opened by Graham Liddiard, who capitalised on a well-worked team move to slot the ball past the Atherstone goalkeeper with precision. Liddiard's goal injected confidence into the Solihull Moors side, setting the tone for the remainder of the match.

John McGinnell doubled Solihull Moors' lead with a clinical finish, to put his team firmly in control. McGinnells' goal further demoralised the opposition and put Solihull Moors in a commanding position.

Billy Stokes put the result beyond doubt with a well-taken goal, demonstrating his composure in front of goal to ensure victory for Solihull Moors. Stokes' strike was the culmination of a dominant performance from the team, who showcased their attacking prowess throughout the match.

The win over Atherstone sees Solihull Moors progress to the quarter-finals of the WFLA Over 63s Cup, where they are set to face Colehill on May 15th. With their confidence riding high following this latest triumph, Solihull Moors will be eager to continue their impressive run in the competition and secure a place in the semi-finals.

This latest success adds to Solihull Moors' remarkable season, having already clinched the Birmingham County Walking Football League Championship. The team's unbeaten run in the league, winning 13 games and drawing 1, highlights their dominance and consistency throughout the campaign.

Over the course of the season, Solihull Moors proved themselves to be the invincibles of the league, scoring 47 goals while conceding just 7. Their defensive solidity was further emphasised by an astonishing 10 clean sheets, a testament to the team's organisation and discipline on the field.

Back Row: John O'Dwyer, Martyn Heard, Billy Stokes, Pete Mottershead, Dave Corser, Ken Dyas, Bob Parry.

Front Row: Michael O’Dwyer, John McGinnell, Graham Liddiard, Mab Hussain.

This Solihull team epitomises teamwork and dedication. Their collective effort and determination have been instrumental in achieving such remarkable success, making them a force to be reckoned with in the world of walking football.

As they celebrate their latest triumph, Solihull Moors can take pride in their achievements and look ahead to the challenges that lie ahead with confidence and determination. With their eyes firmly set on further silverware, this amazing team is poised to continue their winning ways and etch their names into the annals of walking football history.

After the game player manager John McGinnell Presented two internal club awards: 

Michael O'Dwyer was honored with the Managers Player of the Year Award, receiving recognition for his selfless contributions to the team. John McGinnell praised O'Dwyer, stating, "It's thoroughly deserved as Michael consistently prioritises the team above himself."

Graham Liddiard was presented with the Players' Player of the Year Award, acknowledging his selfless dedication to the team. John McGinnell commended Liddiard, noting, "It's thoroughly deserved as Graham consistently delivers on the score sheet."

Birmingham County Walking Football League - Over 63’s Championship

Solihull Moors Walkers 4 Hartshill Strollers 3

Wednesday 6th March, 2024
11:00 Kick-Off

The match lived up to its billing as a tough contest, with Solihull Moors facing their toughest challenge yet in their quest for the league title.

From the outset, it was clear that both teams were determined to secure victory. However, it was Hartshill Strollers who struck first, putting Solihull Moors on the back foot early on. Undeterred, the Walkers fought back, showing their resilience and determination as they equalised.

But Hartshill Strollers refused to be shaken, regaining the lead shortly after. Solihull Moors found themselves behind once again, facing the daunting task of coming from behind for the second game in a row. However, just as they had done previously, the Walkers demonstrated their character and resolve, leveling the scoreline once more.

The final whistle brought scenes of jubilation for the Solihull Moors Walkers, who celebrated a crucial win that puts the league title firmly within their grasp. Goals from Billy Stokes (2), Graham Liddiard, and Ken Dyas ensured that the Walkers emerged victorious, showcasing their resilience and determination in the face of adversity.

With just two games remaining in the season, Solihull Moors now control their destiny in the title race. Their performance against Hartshill Strollers is a testament to their character and unity as a team, and they will be looking to carry this momentum forward as they aim to clinch the league championship.

Congratulations to the Walkers on a well-deserved victory, and well done to all the players for their outstanding display of skill, determination, and teamwork.

Birmingham County Walking Football League - Over 63’s Championship

Solihull Moors Walkers 4 Old Corinthians 2

Wednesday 21st February, 2024
11:00 Kick-Off

In a thrilling encounter, our seasoned over 63's squad showcased their skill and determination with a resounding 4-2 victory over Old Corinthians. The match witnessed an impressive display of teamwork and individual brilliance from our seasoned players.

The scoring extravaganza was kicked off by the prolific Graham Liddard, who found the back of the net twice, showcasing his clinical finishing prowess. His contributions provided an early advantage and set the tone for the match. Adding to the tally, Michael O'Dwyer demonstrated his attacking prowess with a well-executed goal, further extending our lead.

In the second half, John McGinnell joined the scoring spree, notching the fourth goal for our team with a precision strike. Despite Old Corinthians' efforts to mount a comeback, our defence, led by stalwart John McGinnell, remained resolute, thwarting their advances and maintaining a solid defensive shape. However, Old Corinthians managed to break through our defence on two occasions, but their efforts were not enough to derail our determined squad.

With this victory, our over 63's team continues their remarkable season, maintaining an impressive record of 10 wins and 1 draw out of the 11 matches played so far. The team's offensive firepower has been particularly noteworthy, having scored a total of 35 goals while conceding only 4.

The triumph against Old Corinthians not only extends our unbeaten run but also serves as a testament to the hard work and dedication of our players and coaching staff. As we look ahead to future fixtures, the team remains focused and determined to uphold their winning streak, aiming for further success in the remainder of the season.


Birmingham County Walking Football League - Over 63’s Championship

Solihull Moors Walkers 4 Redditch WFC 0

Wednesday 7th February, 2024
11:00 Kick-Off

Solihull Moors' triumph over Redditch WFC this morning was nothing short of spectacular, marking a brilliant result for the team. The match kicked off with an electrifying display from Solihull, showcasing some of the finest football witnessed in recent memory. However, the momentum took a slight dip with the substitutions of Mahboob Hussaine and John McGinnell, altering the game's dynamics.

Throughout the first half, Michael O'Dwyer showcased his goalkeeping prowess, pulling off two remarkable saves that kept Solihull in contention. The team's offensive prowess shone through with goals from Billy Stokes, John O'Dwyer, and a brace from Graham Liddiard. Solihull's performance was exemplary across all fronts, marking a return to their usual form after two consecutive goalless outings. Notably, Graham Liddiard's impressive display saw him strike the woodwork on three occasions, underscoring Solihull's dominance throughout the match.


Birmingham County Walking Football League - Over 63’s Championship

Solihull Moors Walkers 3 Shard End 0

Wednesday 6th December, 2023
11:00 Kick-Off

Goals from Graham Liddiard (2) and Mahboob Hussaine helped maintain Solihull’s 100% record in the over 63’s championship.