Moyola ready for Craig Cup

Moyola Park FC
Moyola Park FC

On Boxing Day, Moyola Park FC will bid to make Craig Memorial North West Intermediate Cup history as they bid for a seventh title.

A win for the Castledawson side over Coleraine Reserves will see them move clear of Tobermore United and Limavady United and make them the competition’s most successful club.

Moyola’s record in the cup is impressive having competed in seven finals winning six and having the distinction of lifting the silverware on three consecutive occasions between 2001 and 2003. Their dominance in the 2000s continued with wins in 2005 and 2007.

Moyola Park won their first Craig Memorial, in 1982 when they defeated Omagh Town 1-0, courtesy of a Roy Smyth goal. Their one and only setback in the final came in 1998 when narrowly losing on penalties to Institute.

In 2001 against Draperstown Celtic, it took a 4-3 penalty shootout, while, one year later, it was a similar score after extra time against Strabane. Only one player, Seamus Quinn, was involved in each of the five wins in the 2000s.

Moyola have had a tougher side in recent years, a semi-final appearance in 2010 the nearest Moyola Park have come to the Boxing Day decider.

Wins this season over Tobermore, Portstewart and Limavady have brought Moyola back to the Craig Memorial final.

Moyola will have to deal with a very good Coleraine Reserves side, who have won the cup twice, in the final!

Kick off will be at 11.30am at Fortwilliam Park, Tobermore.