First win for Park Olympic

Action from Moyola Park's game against Queen's University. Pictures by Valerie Martin.
Action from Moyola Park's game against Queen's University. Pictures by Valerie Martin.

Moyola Park travelled to the Dub on Saturday past in Championship Two.

A great through ball found S. McConnell but his shot just went over the bar after minutes minutes.

Queen’s had a great chance in 15 minutes but their big forward shot straight at the Moyola keeper, Marty Farniok. Moyola came close on 18 minutes from a great delivery by D Maguire who found the unmarked McConnell whose shot was well saved by the Queen’s goalkeeper.

The students missed a sitter on 30 minutes when the unmarked forward shot just inches past the post. It was that man McConnell again on 45 minutes but just saw his shot on the wrong side of the post going in 0-0 at half time.

Moyola came out of the blocks in the second half with Gallagher on the left beating two defenders but his shot just went over the bar. A great move by Queen’s minutes later had to bring out the best in the Moyola keeper.

Doey had the ball in the back of the Queen’s net but the referee ruled it off side in 55 minutes.

A free kick to Queen’s on the edge of the penalty box was deflected for a corner. With minutes to go Queen’s had the ball in the back of the Moyola net but the referee ruled this off as a foul on the keeper.

Queen’s could have stolen the game in the final minute but a superb save by Marty Farniok prevented this.

Next up for Moyola Park is a home draw against Portstewart on Saturday at 300 pm.

Lower Maze 1 Moyola U17 4

Moyola’s U17 team, sponsored by Henry Brothers Ltd, played Lower Maze in a league in Lurgan’s Gordon Playing Fields.

McGrogan dispatched a penalty to give Moyola the lead and on the half hour mark a McLaverty free kick from 30yards curled into the top corner.

Moyola the increased their lead a minute later when a Doyle goal ward shot from just outside the box took a slight deflection of the back of a defender and the ball looped over the stranded Lower Maze goalkeeper.

The second period was a similar affair to the first with Moyola dominating possession but failing to get past a crowded opponents’ defence. McAllister and McGrogan excelled in the middle of the park, the calmness and passing ability of both continually a source of Moyola’s attacking threat.

McAtamney burst through from defence and unleashed a fierce drive from 25yards which the keeper did well to reach and palm away. Doyle and McLaverty again worked trickery on the left with Doyle this time receiving the ball but his shot from a narrow angle was blocked.

Moyola then got a fourth after McGrogan threaded a ball to McLaverty who held off his marker and then calmly rounded the keeper to slot home for his second of the game. A McAllister free kick fell to Doyle but his effort went over.

Lower Maze then grabbed a consolation goal in the dying minutes after a casual pass out of defence was intercepted and Cousley couldn’t stop the striker from scoring. A fantastic display from the Moyola lads.

Moyola U12 5 Sky Blues 3

Moyola U12s kicked off their first season in the North West Coleraine and district, nine-a-side league with an emphatic win against Magherafelt.

Moyola started off strongly and played great football through the middle of the park. Sky Blues had some decent possession but with a strong defence and impressive midfield were limited to shots from distance.

Moyola soon eased to a 1-0 lead through Cahal Boyle. Some minutes later Moyola deservedly scored a second from Tyler Cassidy. After half time Sky Blues came out with intent and quickly scored to claw back a goal. An unexpected goal gave the defence something to think about and as soon as the stars faded around their heads, Moyola soon rediscovered their grip on the game and shortly after made it 3-1 with another goal from the ever present Tyler Cassidy.

Moyola looked good for their efforts and played with some style at times. An unshakeable defence and firm midfield display began to shine. As Sky Blues started to play a good passing game they won a dubious free kick at the edge of the box, but there was nothing dubious about the finish as they struck a great free kick into the top corner. Only moments later Moyola struck again with a fantastic effort from Raiuri Donnelly, arguably the goal of the game albeit slightly against the run of play.

With Moyola 4-2 up there was no mistaking that the points were going to Moyola Park and as there were only a few minutes left Tyler cassidy struck again with an effort from a free kick, chipped into the box and finished easily.

A hatrick for Moyola Park and Tyler, meant a last gasp goal from Blues only was consolation and Moyola ran out on top with a great 5-3 victory and more importantly the points.

Presentation of Awards for Senior Ladies and Junior Girls will take place on Saturday 12 October at Mill Meadow Complex Bridge Street Castledawson at 7.30 p.m.

Football Development Centre will finish on Saturday 28 September. A big thanks to those who brought their boys and girls along for this season. For further information contact Gareth Stewart.