Donawa’s Solihull lose to Wigan
Justin Donawa and his team, Solihull Moors, suffered a heartbreaking loss in the FA Cup last night, when they were beaten 2-1 in extra time by Wigan Athletic in a first round replay at Damson Park.
Wigan, the current League One leaders and the highest ranked team in the second round draw, had to come-from-behind to book their meeting with Colchester United on the weekend of December 3-6, after non-league Solihull took a surprise lead in the 48th minute.
After a scoreless draw in their first meeting, Adam Rooney broke the deadlock for the minnows just after the half-time break, when he converted a penalty following a handball by Callum Lang.
Wigan, however, equalised in the 66th minute through a Jason Kerr goal from close range following a corner.
Donawa was a second half substitute replacing Rooney in the 73rd minute, after the forward was booked two minutes after the Wigan goal.
Donawa played in a wing back role on the right side as Solihull substituted their front three, with Danny Newton replaced in the 72nd minute and Joe Sbarra in the 79th.
Wigan held the upper hand late in the regulation period as Solihull denied them a winner, sending the match into extra time. Solihull introduced another substitute, bringing on Kyle Hudlin, who at 6ft 9in, is rated as the tallest footballer in the top five divisions in English football.
Wigan strengthened their grip on the match in extra time, scoring in the 104th minute through a glancing header from Lang following a cross from a free kick on the left, with the ball finding the far corner.
Solihull had a couple of good chances to equalise late in the second period of extra time through Jimmy Ball, who wasted both opportunities with just the goalkeeper at his mercy.
The first effort was saved by goalkeeper Jamie Jones and the second was put over the bar following a headed pass from Hudlin, which followed a corner in the final minute.
The match was one of eleven replays last night, with four matches going into extra time. Wigan won the FA Cup in 2013 when they beat Manchester City 1-0 in the final, the same season they were relegated from the Premier League.