Comrades make Moyola suffer at the Meadow


Moyola entertained Ballyclare Comrades at the Mill Meadow on Saturday looking to build on last week’s draw at Annagh.

The Castledawson men had the first chance of the game in the second minute when a free kick from Hassan was flicked on by Harris to Gallagher and his header was saved by Flood.

With very few chances in the opening 15 minutes the visitors opened the scoring when a run and cross by right back Reid found ex-Moyola player Shimmon at the back post and he fired in past Maguire.

Reid was again in the action in the 33rd minute when another cross found Higgins and his header was saved by Maguire. The visitors continued to look for a second goal both Gray and Shimmon shooting wide.

With seven minutes gone in the second half, Lucas saw his shot from the edge of the box held by Flood. In the 55th minute Ballyclare made a double change with Agnew and Magowen replacing Brown and Simms.

Two minutes later the visitors should have doubled their lead when McLean played a blind back pass which was picked up by Higgins, but his shot was well saved by Maguire. From the subsequent corner Higgins made up for the miss when he fired in at the back post to put the Comrades 2-0 up.

In the 59th minute Reid found Agnew for the Comrades and his shot was saved by Maguire and a minute later at the other end a run from Lucas found Gallagher and his cross was straight at Flood. The home side made a double change in the 64th minute with Kelly and Colgan replacing Paul and Mclean.

The visitors thought they had scored a third in the 67th minute when Reid found Shimmon who fired past Maguire only to see the assistant referee flag for offside. The Comrades made their final change in the 73rd minute with Wilkinson replacing the injured Getty.

With Moyola pushing to get back into the game, Gallagher nearly caught Flood out with a long range effort only to see the keeper push it over for a corner.

The visitors continued to push for a third goal but Wilkinson and Gray fired shots wide and Agnew had two efforts on goal saved by Maguire. The last chance of the game fell to the home side with Gallagher heading over a cross from Stewart.

Moyola Park: Maguire, Doey, Stewart, McQuillan, Kilpatrick, Harris, Lucas, McLean, Gallagher, Hassan, Paul. Subs: Colgan, Kelly, Scott, Pattison.

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Reid, Monteith, McAlea, Doyle, Getty, Brown, Simms, Shimmon, Higgins, Gray. Subs: Wilkinson, Agnew, Earley, Buckley, Magowen.

The game was kindly sponsored by Steven Ewing and the match ball was sponsored by Newline Architect’s Castledawson.

Moyola’s next game is away to Portstewart at 3pm on Saturday in the League.

Moyola Park Ladies and Moyola Park Junior Girls training takes place on a Monday night at Moyola Park, Mill Meadow, Bridge Street, Castledawson. Senior Ladies will train from 7.00 – 8.15 age 14 upwards with Junior Girls 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. age 11 – 13 years.

Anyone interested in coming on board to help with Coaching or as a volunteer to assist in any way please contact Valerie Martin 07754450988, Charlene Kenning 07902147400, Gareth Stewart 07892687503 or Steven Kenning 07731845954


Booking requests for games or training at the Mill Meadow are now being taken. For information about the costs and times available contact Gareth Stewart on 07892687503.

If you are holding a party and need a venue, why not consider the multi functional area at the Mill Meadow. This is available for parties for all ages and catering can also be provided. For more information contact Joanne Donnelly on 07779479366.

Zumba Class takes place on a Wednesday night at the Mill Meadow and will run from 7.00pm to 8.00pm and the instructor is Jana Ivanovova.

The Lucky Numbers drawn for Saturday 9th February – 7, 10, 17 and 18 and the £50 consolation prize was won by John McMahon. The Jackpot Prize for Saturday 16th February stands at £5,000. Tickets are available in the Social Club or from committee members and please note that the jackpot has now been capped.