Moon shine in fiesty local derby

Killymoon Rangers 4 Moyola Park 2

IT was Killymoon who came out on top following a fiesty local clash with Moyola Park at the MUSA on Friday evening. The away side suffered a major blow prior to kick off as Jason Holmes was injured in the warm up and he was replaced by James Johnston in the starting eleven.

Moyola started strongly as they took control of possession. However, Killymoon responded superbly and McMullan saw his header cleared off the line.

It was shortly after that the drama started in this tense local derby. A Moyola free kick was gathered by McElhatton, who was then sent off for retaliation after collecting the ball.

Substitute keeper Michael Brown entered the fray and his first actions were to pick the ball out of the net as Curtis Hassin slotted home.

The home side responded to Moyola going in front and equalised with around thirty minutes gone. Smith found himself out on the left hand side and he scored with a stunning long range effort to level the scores.

Shortly after Maguire had to be on his toes to save from a Kelly free kick.

Killymoon took the lead only minutes later. Purvis nodded in from a long throw to make it 2-1 to Killymoon. The home side were firmly on top now and added a third just before the half time interval. Purvis once again was on hand to grab his second and the home sides third goal of the evening.

The second half was a much quieter affair than the fiery first half. Moyola pushed hard in the second half and tried to make use of the extra man. Eventually, the Castledawson outfit grabbed themselves a life line. Mervyn Pattison scored from a corner to leave the scores 3-2. Moyola pushed for the equaliser as Killymoon soaked up the pressure and tried to break on the counter.

With ten minutes remaining, Moyola had Daniel McElhatton sent off for a foul. Killymoon came back into the tie as both sides were now down to ten men each. McGaw was unlucky as he saw his shot bounce off the Moyola netminder as Killymoon looked to grab a fourth. Moments later the three points were secure as once again Smith drove at the Moyola defence as he skipped past two challenges before unleashing a thunderbolt from distance to make Killymoon 4 Moyola Park 2.

Killymoon Rangers; G McElhatton, J Scott, S Purvis, S McElhatton, D McMullan, G Crooks, D Shannon, J Young, W Smith, W Montgomery, K Kelly, subs, C Stewart, G McGaw, C Martin, M Brown.

Moyola Park; G Maguire, D McElhatton, G Stewart, S McQuillan, S Kelly, M Harkness, C Hassin, M Pattison, J Johnson, A Moore, D Mc Fadden, subs, S Lennox, S Henning, F Mullan, M McClean.

Killymoon now play host to Knockbreda on Saturday afternoon. The home side will be hoping to continue their good recent run of form. Kick off at the MUSA is 3pm.

Killymoon Rangers will be holding a bag packing day at ASDA on Saturday. Anyone who can help out is asked to contact a committee member.

The club would like to wish founding member, Harry Patterson, a speedy recovery from his recent illness. Killymoon would also like to wish George Dardis all the best as he leaves to work in England.