Two Gareth Grimley goals were sufficient to secure all three points for Armagh City and send his side to the top of the Championship Two table.
City took the initiative in the early exchanges of the first half with Stephen Murray testing Marty Farniok, the latter pushing the ball wide for a corner kick.
Gareth Grimley opened the scoring when he headed the ball past Farniok following a Shea McGerrigan free kick near the right touchline. Three minutes later Eugene Gallagher missed a golden opportunity to put Moyola Park back on level terms but he chose to pass inside rather than take on Armagh City ‘keeper Sean Morgan.
Farniok foiled another Gareth Grimley snapshot from 14 yards in the 28th minute and seconds later Chris Dowie lashed the ball past Morgan to equalise for Moyola Park following up on a good run down the left wing by Darren Walls.
Six minutes before the half time interval Farniok did well to block another shot by that man Grimley.
Farniok once again prevented Gareth Grimley from adding to his tally midway through the second period but he was unable to stop him heading the winning goal just inside his right post in the 70th minute.
A Shea McGerrigan corner kick from the left side was partially cleared by the Moyola Park defence with the ball falling to Kevin Keegan whose well placed cross was headed to the Moyola Park net.
Late in the game Armagh City’s Eamon Kelly sustained a bad rib injury following a collision with Farniok as the visitors sought a third goal.
There was a 14 minute delay before Kelly was removed from the pitch to a waiting ambulance. Try as they might Moyola Park’s players were unable to snatch an equaliser.
The best effort came following a corner kick on the left which was headed back across the Armagh City goal by Sean McCabe but then headed over the crossbar by Sean McConnell.
Everyone at Moyola Park FC sends best wishes to Eamon Kelly for a speedy recovery from his injury.
Moyola Park: Marty Farniok, Mark Waddell, Gareth Stewart, Steven McQuillan, Sean McCabe, Michael Walsh, Damian Maguire (Sean McConnell), Eugene Gallagher (Robert Lucas), Chris Dowie, Conor Deane, Darren Walls (Stephen McConnell).
Subs not used: Maurice Curtis and David Paul
Armagh City: Sean Morgan, Kevin Keegan, Ryan McGerrigan, Luke Grimley, Dara Noonan, Eamon Kelly ( Philip McBurney), Gareth Grimley, Liam Cullen, Matthew Hynds (Dale Montgomery) Shea McGerrigan (Ultan Lennon).
On Saturday 12th October Moyola Park entertain Sport and Leisure Swifts at 3.00pm in the NIFL Belfast Telegraph Championship Two and on Tuesday 15th October Newbuildings are the visitors at the Semi Final stage of the North West of Ireland Senior Cup. The kick off for this game is 7.30pm. Don’t be a fireside football fan. Come along and support your local team.
Moyola Park Olympic 6
Carniny Amateur II 1
A third successive home win by Moyola Park Olympic, sees them go joint top of the Ballymena Junior League Division Two. This was an emphatic success for the young Castledawson side, who attacked right from the kick off and looked dangerous on every occasion.
The first goal arrived in the 15th minute when a great cross by Steven Kenning on the right saw Kevin Loughrey continue his recent scoring exploits when he met the ball at the back post and fired to the net for 1-0. It was no more that deserved and soon, after Kenning had a fine strike well saved, which Darren Scullion followed up to make it 2-0 in the 20th minute.
In midfield, Caolan Milne and William Dunlop worked hard to create while such was the excellent defending,that home keeper Paddy Mackle had little to do during the first half hour. However, in the 34th minute, somewhat against the run of play, Carniny pulled a goal back when Robert Foster raced through to fire the ball home for 1-2.
Despite this, Olympic saw out the remainder of the half with the ever dangerous Kenning twice testing the visitors keeper from long range, and also having a strong penalty claim turned down.
When central defender Conrad Kilpatrick was forced off injured early in the second half,substitute John O’Donnell proved a ready replacement. He and Travis Rankin stood firm in the centre of defence and when Dunlop was on hand to score in the 55th minute,the points looked assured for Olympic.
Barely two minutes later a spectacular long range lob by Cormac McGuckin made it 4-1, and while the visitors tried hard to reduce the leeway,there was only going to be one winner at this stage.
The hosts continued to press with Doey joining in many attacks, and in the 75th minute,Kenning got a goal that was well earned.Five minutes later,Derek Hassan tested the visitors keeper and with Carniny looking a well beaten side,Kenning rounded off the scoring when netting from close range in the 90th minute.
This brought three successive home wins for Moyola Park Olympic and they now go joint top of the league with what was a very merited result.
Olympic – Mackle, Doey, Holmes, Rankin, Kilpatrick, Milne, McGuckin, Scullion, Kenning, Dunlop, Loughrey. Subs Hassan, O’Donnell, Logan and C Doey. Referee: Ian Shiels.
Moyola Under 12s 2
Ballymoney United 1
Moyola showed some early touches of class and pegged back Ballymoney high up the pitch and into their own half. Adam Brown swung in a sweet left foot corner which curled wickedly into Ballymoney’s top corner, a superb strike for a player who had dominated the first few minutes in midfield.
Shortly after Tyler Cassidy pounced on the opportunity that he had inadvertently made for himself, and slotted home to make it 2-0. Moments later Moyola’s Conor Dyson produce a superb save to maintaint he two goal advantage.
After half time Moyola looked slightly sluggish and Ballymoney pushed forward again. Ballymoney then scored after a dubious freekick was awarded. The last 15 minutes of the game saw both sides push forward but Moyola Park held on to win 2-1 and keep up their continued progress.
Moyola Under 12s 3 Northend 5
Moyola’s Keeper, Curtis Ewing produced another fine display with a series of great saves. Going into half time the score was 0-0 and Moyola felt the more frustrated by their superior chances.
As they started the second half the way they began the first it didn’t take long for the impressive display from Rauiri Donnelly to float forward and take on a couple of defenders and then finish his run with a great individual goal.
1-0 up and nobody could deny them the lead so following some more attacks, a cross came in and fell at the feet of Sean Kearns who put his chance away at the back post.
Unfortunately a lack of concentration saw Northend grab one back to make it 2-1. Shortly after a freekick outside the box, Sean Kearns flashed it confidently into the top corner. This made it 3-1 and the points looked safe.
With 10 minutes to go, Northend came flying at Moyola who were dazed and confused by the audacity of the attacks they faced. An unbelievable turnaround by Northend seen them score four goals in 10 minutes and Moyola could not believe what had happened. They found themselves wanting and even at Under 12’s level, a lapse of concentration and eye off the ball meant they had to learn a hard lesson. Unfortunately the team lost 5-3 and although the result wasn’t a happy end, the management seen enough of the boys positives to take into the next game and up their staying power.