Moon finally record league victory

MY BALL... Killymoon's Warren Smith out jumps his marker during last Saturday's league clash with Chimney Corner at MUSA.mm43-353sr Picture : SIMON ROBINSON.
MY BALL... Killymoon's Warren Smith out jumps his marker during last Saturday's league clash with Chimney Corner at MUSA.mm43-353sr Picture : SIMON ROBINSON.

KILLYMOON finally got their first victory of the campaign as they saw off the challenge of Chimney Corner at a windswept Sports Arena on Saturday.

The away side started the game in the ascendancy but were dealt an early blow when Ryles was forced off after only four minutes.

Crooks and Ferguson combined well and put Shannon through on goal. Unfortunately his effort was just wide of the goal.

Corner took the lead on seven minutes. Sub Conor Murray pounced on a rebound after McElhatton had pulled off a superb save to make it 1-0 to the County Antrim side.

It was an end to end game as both sides had several chances. Shannon, Smith and McMullan all had chances for Killymoon but were denied by Rowen in the Chimney Corner goal.

However, the away side eventually saw their defence breached as Montgomery was hauled down in the area. McElhatton confidently slotted home the penalty to level the scores.

McGaw was next to go close for the home side as he saw his stunning effort pushed onto the bar by Rowen. Killymoon were really putting pressure on the Corner rearguard and they deservedly took the lead.

Ferguson crossed for Smith who nodded home to make it 2-1. Moments later the away side were down to ten men as McVicker was given his marching orders for a nasty tackle on McGaw. The home side headed for the changing rooms with the score 2-1 to Killymoon.

With the extra man advantage, Killymoon started the second half on the front foot. Crooks and Gareth McGaw all went close but were denied by Rowen.

However, the away side were always a threat on the break and they had a number of opportunities from set pieces. The next goal of the game was going to be crucial and thankfully for the Killymoon support, it was a Killymoon goal. Montgomery latched onto a header from Crooks and made it 3-1.

The Moon should have added a fourth with only minutes remaining when Kilpatrick headed wide with the goal at his mercy,

Both keepers were called upon to make saves in the dying minutes of the tie but the game finished 3-1 to Killymoon.

Killymoon: G McElhatton, J Scott, S Purvis, S McElhatton, D McMullan, G Crooks, G McGaw, W Ferguson, W Smith, W Montgomery, D Shannon Subs, C Stewart, C Martin, C Kilpatrick

Chimney Corner; D Rowen, C Walker,S Stewart, N Ryles, M Butler, A Gray, R Wylie, D Kirkwood, M McGrogan, J Willigan, S McVicker Subs, C Murray, P Wachowski, P McKeown.

Killymoon will now look for back to back wins when they face Armagh at Holm Park on Saturday. 3pm kick off.

Killymoon Rangers are holding a waxing night on Saturday 12th November in the Oldtown Inn. Check the club website for further details.