It was eight and great for Moors Academy on Saturday afternoon as Sam Manoochehri’s young side outclassed Barnt Green Spartak in an 8-0 thrashing.
It was a complete performance from Moors who dominated a game in which everything seemed to come together for Solihull’s youngsters.
Moors had been guilty of starting slowly in recent games but they couldn’t be accused of that on Saturday, as they raced into a ninth-minute lead.
Solihull set about hassling and harrying Spartak’s defence. Arman Khooshkoo’s pestering led to the first goal as he was bundled to the floor having nipped in down the right.
The referee had no option but to point to the spot and Khooshkoo picked himself up to calmly convert from twelve yards.
Moors wasted no time in notching number two. Nathan Binner looked to have asked too much of Mbuti but somehow he hooked the ball back and Khooshkoo tapped home. 2-0.
There was a moment’s pause as Spartak protested the ball had gone out in the build-up. But, after consulting his assistant, the referee was happy to award the goal.
Moors’ third came on the half-hour mark. Again the referee was involved, although their really could be no complaints from Spartak who conceded their second penalty of the game.
Ryan Andrews’s tricky feet were too much for the away side. He was hauled down before gathering himself together, to stick away the spot kick. 3-0.
It was soon four. Two minutes later Nathan Binner lashed in from distance, a great strike that gave the keeper no chance. 4-0 and there were still two-thirds of the game left to play.
Moors were winning at a canter. Spartak looked shell shocked, especially when number five came courtesy of their defender heading into his own net. 5-0.
Moors almost scored again but Khooshkoo’s shot came crashing off the bar and the striker was denied a first-half hat-trick.
It was no more than Sam’s side deserved. They had been by far the better team and in no way was the scoreline flattering. It had been a five-star performance.
Moors started the second how they had finished the first. In fact, the two teams had barely come out of the changing rooms when Moors hit number six.
It was lovely link-up play, Rubyn Gill dummied Keziah Martin’s pass for Michee Mbuti who rifled the ball into the roof of the net, via the underside of the crossbar. 6-0.
Moors didn’t have to wait long for magnificent number seven. Andrews, who had been pulling the strings all afternoon, thread a perfectly weighted ball through to Gill.
Gill made no mistake in adding his name to the team sheet, finishing with the kind of composure we have come to expect from him in recent games.
Then on sixty minutes, Moors’ keeper Ben Maxwell was called into action. He had been a virtual spectator but produced a fine save to keep his clean sheet intact.
It was an effort out of the blue, the shot was struck with plenty of whip and bend but Maxwell was equal to it, flying across his goal to flick the ball away.
Moors had numerous chances to add to their lead, but the eighth didn’t arrive until the final ten minutes.
Martin added the icing to the cake, becoming Moors’ sixth different scorer of the afternoon. He capped a fine display by curling the ball home from the edge of the area.
It has been an incredible whole team performance that would have sent a strong message out to the rest of the league.
Magnificent Moors are on the march and it is going to take something very special to stop them.