Goalless in derby head to head

Killymoon Rangers 0

Moyola Park 0

A large crowd turned out at the Sports Arena last Friday for the local derby between Killymoon Rangers and Moyola Park.

Both sides came into the game in confident mood after some encouraging results that have given them some breathing space from the relegation spot, but intent on pulling further away with a victory. The visitors had won the corresponding fixture at the start of the season, but both sides had seen a number of changes since then, including the change in the management set-up.

Killymoon had the first effort of note when Johnny Young’s free kick went wide after eight minutes. The same player had another effort deflected for a corner soon after, before Moyola’s lively winger Curtis Hassan went close for the visitors. In a half with very few clear cut chances Stephen Purvis had Killymoon’s best opportunity from a Stuart Glasgow corner, but his header went wide.

Despite having the majority of possession Killymoon were finding it difficult to break down the resolute Moyola back line as the visitors looked to hit on the counter-attack. This tactic nearly paid off just before the interval when a quick break down the right saw the ball put across the Killymoon six yard area and Ryan McFadden will be wondering how Killymoon keeper Michael Brown was able to save his close range effort.

The second half saw the home side up the tempo of the game, but creating very few clear cut chances with James Ferguson going closest when his free-kick went narrowly over the Moyola crossbar.

Despite the pressure Moyola again showed that they had the potential to unlock the Killymoon defence when they went forward. A shot early in the half went narrowly wide and on 57 minutes a free-kick from Hassan looked to have opened the scoring, but for a finger tip save from Brown, who turned the ball onto the crossbar and his defence were able to clear the danger.

As the minutes ticked away Killymoon pressed for the winner with Martin Bogan and David McMullan having shots on target, but both were comfortably dealt with by Gareth Maguire in the Moyola goal. McMullan then had a chance to win the game in the dying minutes, but his header went wide and the game ended in a stalemate.

Killymoon Rangers: M Brown, S Purvis, A Ferson, S McElhatton, D McMullan, W Montgomery (A Neill), J Ferguson, S Glasgow (M Stewart), J Young, W Smith, M Bogan Subs not used: C Kilpatrick, G Stewart

The game was kindly sponsored by CBD Powerwashers Ltd.

This Saturday Killymoon travel to the much improved Sport & Leisure, with kick off 3pm. This is the first meeting of the clubs this season due to an earlier fixture falling foul to the adverse weather. The Belfast side have added a number of quality players to their side this season, including ex-Glentoran and Coleraine striker Sean Armstrong and are currently sitting comfortably in mid table.