KILLYMOON are in the hat for the fifth round draw of the JJB Irish Cup after a comfortable 3-1 victory over local rivals Moyola Park. Killymoon have already faced a Premier League side this season when they travelled to play Glentoran in the League cup. The Mid Ulster Sports Arena based side will be hoping for another big name draw at the Grand Opera House on Wednesday morning.
Moon boss Brian McGarry was forced to shuffle his pack once again this week. John Scott came in a right back and Conal Kilpatrick returned to centre half. Craig Martin was brought into the midfield
The away side started the better of the two teams as they bombarded the Moon defence with several free kicks.
It took the home side fifteen minutes before they found their feet in the fixture. Gareth McGaw saw his free kick just go over the bar. On twenty five minutes, the home side grabbed the opening goal.
A Purvis throw in was flicked on by Stewart and Montgomery nipped in ahead of his marker to nod the ball past Maguire.
The home side went in search of a second as Stewart headed wide from a McElhatton free kick. It was soon 2-0 as Kelly rifled in from the edge of the area.
However, Killymoon will be disappointed to have not gone into the break with a clean sheet. Brown was adjudged to have brought down a Moyola forward.
McIntyre stepped up and slotted past Brown. 2-1 at half time.
Moyola started the second half brightly and created a number of decent chances. As with all local derbies, the challenges were certainly flying in and the referee was quick to stamp his authority on the tie by settling both sides down.
It was clear that the next goal in the fixture was going to be crucial and it was the home side who claimed this crucial goal.
Montgomery made room down the right hand side and crossed into the area where Kelly hammered home.
Moyola responded by bringing on player/manager Mervyn Pattison, but the Moyola boss could not inspire a comeback.
Martin should have grabbed a fourth for the home side when he somehow missed following great work from Purvis.
Killymoon Rangers: M Brown, J Scott, S Purvis, C Kilpatrick, S McElhatton, W Montgomery, GMcGaw, C Martin, D Shannon, C Stewart, K Kelly. Subs: J Ferry, R Ferry.