Moyola Park U16 2 Coagh United 0
Moyola hosted Coagh in the first round of the Mid Ulster League Cup in the only U16 game to survive the weather last weekend.
The Castledawson lads started with the intent and desire showed in recent games and immediately took the game to the visitors. Conway and O Doyle combined well down the left to put Flanagan free. He pulled the ball back to Darragh on the edge of the area but his shot was easily gathered by the keeper.
A Conway throw-in to Flanagan and the striker broke away from his marker to cut in from the left and across the edge of the
area to fire in a low drive to beat the keeper low to his right.
Cassidy was called into action as the ball broke in the Moyola penalty area to a Coagh player but the young keeper bravely rushed out to block his shot. Flanagan had an effort palmed away with L Doyle picking up the loose ball and sending over a cross which McElhatton volleyed over the bar.
Moyola deservedly extended their lead after just eight minutes. Darragh won a scrappy tackle on the halfway and drove forward into the Coagh half and unleashed a superb shot from all of 30 yards which flew into the roof of the visitors net.
Downey and Connery were having a fantastic game marshalling their opponents and easily dealing with whatever came their way. Moyola continued to dominate possession but could not extend their lead.
As the half came to an end Downey shot just over from 30 yards and Darragh saw his free kick go in a similar direction.
The opening minutes of the second period saw Coagh pressure the home side and miss glaring chances to get themselves back into the game. A free header rose high over the Moyola bar and then, as they broke outnumbering the home side, their unmarked striker missed their best opportunity as he shot over from six yards.
Stuart then created his own opening as he cut inside from the right but his shot was saved. Minutes later the same player came face-to-face with the keeper as he raced clear of the flagging defenders but again the keeper saved well.
McGrogan then sent Flanagan clear but even though he was able to chip the ball over the on-rushing keeper he could only watch agonisingly as the ball brushed the outside of the post.
McKee combined with Conway on the left to send in a teasing cross into the Coagh box but no-one in blue could get on the end of it.
O Doyle then headed over and as the game petered out the Coagh keeper saved a Flanagan volley from close range after he was found unmarked at the back post from a free-kick.
This was outstanding hardworking and disciplined display from the Moyola lads topped off with a clean sheet, watched by an enthusiastic crowd.
Draperstown Celtic 2 Moyola U12 7
Training for the U11s has now stopped for the winter break and will resume in February 2013. Anyone born in 2002 & 2003 are all welcome and for further information contact Robin Martin on 07825068516 or Brian Wilson on 07445396937. Training for the U12s takes place on a Wednesday night at Mill Meadow from 7.30-9pm. Anyone born in 2001 are all welcome and for further information contact Roy Clarke on 07716127604. Training for the U16s takes place on a Wednesday night at Mill Meadow from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Anyone born in 1997 & 1998 are all welcome and for further information contact David Evans on 07730529081.
The highly successful Football Development Centre returns for the 11th successive year on Saturday 23rd February 2013.
The cost per week is £2 which is excellent value for coaching by IFA qualified coaches and is open to all boys and girls from the age of 4 up to 11 and parents are asked to bring their children along by 10.15am in order to give sufficient time for registration and thus allow the coaching to commence at 10.30am.
All children must come to each session appropriately dressed for the weather and also must be wearing football boots and shin-guards and also must bring a water bottle. Parents are also asked to note that all players using the pitch must only use moulded/plastic football studs and moulded/plastic blades.
Also, each boy/girl attending the centre this year will have to pay a £5 registration fee which must be paid within the first 5 weeks of attendance. A discount will be available for more than one child with a family paying a maximum of £10. On paying the £5 registration you will receive a 10% discount card for Sportsworld, Rainey Street.
For more information contact Gareth Stewart on 07892687503 or Steven Kenning on 07731845954.