Solihull Barons – Whitley Warriors



While the ultimate result on Sunday may have been a little disappointing, the Direct Taxis Solihull Barons showed tenacity and determination in a massively entertaining and closely fought game between two committed and skilled sides in the form of the Barons and the Warriors.

Callum Bowley fends off attention (S Crampton)

The first 15 minutes of the tie saw the Warriors taking the game to Solihull while the Barons d and a strong Sam Hewitt absorbed the pressure, to leave the home offence to play on the counter. With 5 minutes of the first period to go the Warriors however converted the pressure, as Robert Farmer found the gap from close in to put the visitors ahead. The final couple of minutes of the initial period saw the Barons with some powerplay time but this remained unexploited and the sides would head to the dressing room with the scoreline 1-0 in favour of Whitley.

Niklas strong in a largely defensive role (S Crampton)

The start of the second would be marked by a series of penalties, as often as not overlapping, giving truncated powerplays none of which resulted in scoring. Back at even strength, it would this time be the Barons who would find the net, Ash Calvert from square in front of goal earning the equaliser just after the midpoint of the game. With just over a minute left in the period the Warriors would once again restore their lead as Harry Harley accelerated up the left wing before cutting in and deeking the puck past Hewitt. Twenty seconds later and Whitley extended their lead, Shaun Kippin picking up a stray rebound, to slot the puck home for the Warriors third.

Dan Mulcahy celebrates his goal (S Crampton)

The Barons clawed one back early in the third as Daniel Mulcahy cut in and slotted home on the backhand to trim the Warriors lead to a single goal. The remainder of the period delivered quality hockey but no further goals until, with only a minute left of regulation time, Baron Bailey Challans defied the extremely dependable Dean Bowater in the Whitley net for the equaliser.

Richard Slater aims for the net (S Crampton)

Five minutes of extra time failed to divide the sides and it took a tense seven rounds of penalties before Phil Mulcahy, having scored on each of his previous attempts was finally parried and Robert Farmer in return got the Warriors winner.

Phil Malcahy converted three of his four penalty shots (S Crampton)

The Barons have a weekend off coming up, before travelling to Sheffield on the 9th of October to take on the Scimitars in a cup tie. A day later and they host the Solway Sharks, the Dumfries side consistently being among the most skillful and well-drilled hockey sides in the Moralee, so another game not to be missed.

Barons Man of the Match, Bailey Challans (S Crampton)


Warriors Man of the Match, Dean Bowater – Being photobombed by Jordan Barnes ! (S Crampton) 



Date Time League Season
September 26, 2021 5:30 pm Division 1 2021/22


Solihull Barons01203
Whitley Warriors12014

Solihull Barons

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
3Marcus MaynardDefence000000
8Paul StanleyOffence000000
15Matt MauriceOffence000000
16Andy WhitehouseOffence000000
17Richard SlaterOffence000000
22Elliot FarrellOffence000000
23Daniel MulcahyOffence100000
24Philip MulcahyOffence002000
31Sam HewittGoalie00029326
35Graham LaverickGoalie000000
36Henry AdamsDefence0025000
51Ash CalvertOffence100000
55Bailey ChallansDefence102000
61Brodie JessonOffence000000
72Callum BowleyOffence014000
79Tom SoarOffence010000
81James MoellerDefence000000
91Niklas OttossonOffence010000
 Total 333329326

Whitley Warriors

Position G A PIM SA GA SV


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