Football: Killymoon Rangers second best against league challengers

Desertmartin and Killymoon Rangers battle for the ball in the air during Saturday's local derby clash.INMM0916-337
Desertmartin and Killymoon Rangers battle for the ball in the air during Saturday's local derby clash.INMM0916-337

Killymoon entertained title chasing Newtowne on Saturday at the Sports Arena and came out second best.

Newtowne are in a three way race with Ballynure OB and Brantwood to be Ballymena Intermediate League champions, and were determined not to repeat last season’s 1-1 draw at the Sports Arena which derailed their title challenge.

Newtowne started the game in top gear and took the game to Killymoon in the first half, taking the lead in five minutes before making it 2-0 on 20 minutes with a good individual goal.

Killymoon’s first effort of note was a shot saved on 29 minutes. Danny Maguire had a free kick turned round the post for a corner a few minutes later.

Just when Killymoon looked like getting back into the game they were caught on the break and Newtowne scored a third.

Geoff Booth had a long range shot well over and Gary Stewart saved a penalty on the blow at half time.

The heavy rain eased at half time, but Newtowne kept playing to their strengths and Killymoon tried to play football and hit them on the break. It was a robust game with a few strong challenges going in from both teams.

Killymoon made a better game of it after the break, but were unable to find that final ball to unlock the Newtowne defence. Newtone scored again in the 75th and in the 89th minutes, the latter goal well worth a mention as it was a good individual goal which gave Stewart no chance.

Killymoon have no competitive match until Saturday 16th April when they play Ballynure OB or Desertmartin away in the semi-final of the O’Gorman Cup.

The club are holding a poker classic in the Royal Hotel on Friday 22nd April at 8pm in aid of club funds. Tickets are available from players and committee members. The secretary would like to get all last year’s trophies handed in before this year’s dinner.