Football: Miserable month for Moyola ends with another defeat

Moyola closing down the Limavady attack
Moyola closing down the Limavady attack
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Moyola Park 1-5 Limavady United

November has been a bad month for Moyola Park with three defeats in Championship Two, two of them at Mill Meadow.

Limavady opened the scoring on Saturday afternoon when Gareth Brown fired in after seven minutes from the edge of the penalty area having dispossessed Diarmuid Larkin.

Two minutes later Moyola could well have been back on terms but striker Chris Dowie spurned a good opportunity when he shot wide of Matthew McGraw’s net.

Moyola suffered a blow when the influential Jason Paul had to be substituted after 18 minutes following a foul on him in the Moyola Park penalty area with Conor Deane coming on as replacement.

Brown notched a second goal for the visitors on 28 minutes the ball taking a deflection off Stephen McQuillan.

Mark Waddell hit McGraw’s crossbar on 35 minutes. Three minutes later Cathair Friel added to the Limavady scoreline, taking adavantage of careless Moyola Park defending he slotted the ball past Marty Rea.

Moyola Park’s woes were compounded seconds before the half-time whistle when Lee Harkin crashed a 30 yard thunderbolt into the home net.

Things went from bad to worse for the Mid-Ulster men when Andrew Ferris made it 5-0 to Limavady after eight minutes of the second half.

Ten minutes later Curtis Hassan’s free kick was saved by McGraw. Sean McCabe was unfortunate not to get on the score sheet with a couple of headers and Craig McAllister shot straight at McGraw from the edge of the penalty area.

Eugene Gallagher headed a consolation goal for Moyola Park with eight minutes left on the clock.

This was another disappointing performance at Mill Meadow for Moyola Park, so disappointing in fact, that even a pheasant left early flying across the pitch majestically.

Moyola Park: Marty Rea, Craig McAllister, Robbie Lucas (Maurice Curtis), Steven McQuillan, Sean McCabe, Mark Waddell (Connor Barrow 70), Jason Paul (Conor Deane 18), Eugene Gallagher, Chris Dowie, Diarmuid Larkin, Curtis Hassan. Subs not used: Gareth Stewart, David Paul.

Limavady United: Matthew McGraw, Marcus O’Kane, Bryan McClelland, Ryan Mullan, Hugh Carlin, Gary McFadden, Lee Harkin, Gerard Logue, Andrew Ferris, Cathair Friel, Gareth Brown.

Substitutes: Blain Morrison, Corey McMullan, Calvin McCallion, Jack Heaney, Adrian McLaughlin.