Moyola Park qualified for the semi-final of the IFA North West Craig Memorial Cup in fine style overpowering Portstewart 4-0 at Mill Meadow.
In the 6th minute Darren Walls made ground down the left wing before crossing to Conor Deane who beat Portstewart ‘keeper Joe Madison from just outside the penalty area.
Four minutes later a Chris Dowie shot came back off the Portstewart crossbar.
Walls sustained a thigh injury which saw him being replaced by Robbie Lucas in the 19th minute. Eugene Gallagher doubled Moyola Park’s lead on 23 minutes when he blasted a 25 yard shot past a bemused Madison. Lucas and Gareth Stewart combined to set up Dowie who powered the ball past Madison in the 38th minute.
Portstewart’s best effort of the first half came three minutes before the break when substitute Dillon McKittrick hit the side netting.
There was still time for Dowie to double his tally in the 44th minute following good work by Damian Maguire.
Portstewart came out for the second half in more determined mood and in the opening minute substitute Ryan McAllister made good ground on the left wing before shooting over the crossbar. Dowie came close to snatching a third goal when a well struck volley inched over Madison’s crossbar.
Minutes later another McAllister effort from 22 yards failed to find the target. A Gallagher shot from 8 yards was well saved by Madison after 74 minutes and shortly afterwards Lucas rifled the ball over the Portstewart crossbar.
Despite the best efforts of both sides the respective defences ensured that the second half remained goalless and Moyola Park eased into the last four of the competition.
Moyola Park: Marty Farniok, Mark Waddell, Gareth Stewart, Steven McQuillan, Sean McCabe (Stephen McConnell), Michael Walsh, Damian Maguire, Eugene Gallagher, Chris Dowie (Sean McConnell), Conor Deane, Darren Walls (Robbie Lucas) Subs not used; Maurice Curtis and David Paul.
Scorers: Deane, Gallagher, Dowie x2.
It’s a return to league action on Saturday 5th October at Mill Meadow when Moyola Park face up to a young, competitive Armagh City side at 3.00pm in Belfast Telegraph Championship Two.