FORMER Barrow striker Adi Yussuf scored what turned out to be the winner due to John Rooney missing a stoppage time penalty as the hosts lost their unbeaten home record with a 2-1 defeat to Solihull Moors.

It took 11 minutes for either side to have an effort on goal, as Tyler Smith missed a good opportunity for AFC to take the lead following an effort on the stretch from around six yards out as the Barrow striker looked to turn a miss-hit shot from Rooney.

Yussuf looked to be a thorn in AFC’s side as he had a good chance from a corner on the left-hand side, which the Tanzanian headed into ground and over the crossbar.

In the 34th minute Barrow went within inches of taking the lead, as midfielder Rooney took a free kick from the edge of the box, which he curled low around the Solihull wall and hit the post. The rebound fell to Smith, but the Sheffield United loanee hit the ball into the side netting.

But the rest of the first half was one of few chances as AFC lacked cutting edge while stifling Solihull’s attempted counter attacks towards their goal.

The first effort of the second half came in the 52nd minute, as Luke Burgess - who had looked threatening all game - put Smith though, only for his effort to pass wide of Ryan Boot’s goal at the near post.

On the hour mark, Barrow hit the woodwork for the second time in the game, as a surging run down the right wing saw Jack Hindle cut inside and hit an effort.

One minute later, substitute Josh Kay forced an excellent save from Boot as Burgess went on an incredible run that saw him beat three men, before squaring the ball to Kay to get around the final man.

The Moors were set up defensively and had a chance to nick a goal on the counter attack with around 25 minutes to go, as Yussuf looked to latch onto a long ball over the top of the Barrow defence which the former Grimsby man nearly lofted over the Holker Street end.

In the 85th minute, Solihull took the lead, as a cross in from the left-hand side was punched out by Andy Firth straight to Luke Maxwell who volleyed into the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the penalty area.

AFC conceded a second goal just moments later, as ex-Bluebird Yussuf struck following a marauding run by Reckord down the left-hand side, who pulled the ball back to the Moors striker for him to chip the ball over a helpless Firth.

In the 90th minute, Tyler Smith pulled a goal back to give the Bluebirds hope, as he turned on the edge of the Moors penalty area and drilled the ball into the top left-hand corner with a fine finish, leaving Boot with no chance.

Unbelievably, Barrow were awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute following a foul on Luke Burgess just inside the box.

But, much to the away side’s relief, Rooney put the penalty high over the crossbar.

With their 100 per cent home record gone, Barrow head to Hartlepool United tomorrow night aiming to chalk up a first win on the road.

Barrow (4-3-3): Andrew Firth, Connor Brown, Josh Granite, Dan Jones, Lee Molyneux, Jason Taylor, John Rooney, Luke Burgess, Jack Hindle, Tyler Smith, Nathan Waterston (Josh Kay, 61).

Subs not used: Barrow: Raul Correia, Jack Barthram, Kyle Jameson, Steve Jennings.

Solihull Moors (4-3-3): Ryan Boot, Tyrone Williams, Liam Daly, Alex Gudger, Jamie Reckord, Kyle Storer, Jamey Osborne (Jordan Murphy, 29), Darren Carter (Luke Maxwell, 58), Jermaine Hylton, Adi Yussuf, Danny Wright (George Carline, 75).

Subs not used: Dan Sweeney, Corey O’Keeffe.

Attendance: 1,260.

Bookings: Barrow – None. Solihull – Storer.

Referee: Joe Hull.