Football: Defeat for Moyola Olympic as Under 13s win

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Moyola Park Olympic 0 Coleraine Olympic 4

Moyola Olympic met Coleraine Olympic for a second week in a row because of a rearranged fixture.

The first half started with Coleraine playing attractive football and although they had more possession they didn’t look like running away with the game.

Moyola stood strong and resolute and only for a mistake to allow a Coleraine player to poke home a very soft goal.

As the first half ended the Moyola lads had improved immensely compared to the week before.

In the second half Moyola still seemed to be in high spirits. With the score at 1-0 to Coleraine, Moyola had a penalty appeal which much to the displeasure of the Moyola coach was turned down.

To add insult to injury Coleraine scored twice and with Moyola left aggrieved at what they felt was a blatant offside on both goals.

Coleraine pressed high and played some nice football at times and were rewarded with a final goal to make the full time score 4-0.

Moyola felt undone by decisions beyond their control and as the coaches continue to instill respect for officials, the Moyola players showed massive team development and glimpses of a good, respectful and well rounded football.

Both teams must be commended for their honest and competitive nature of the game and of the coaches view of proceedings.

Moyola U13 3 Ballycastle 0

Moyola UI3s played hosts to Ballycastle on Saturday and produced their best performance of the season to win.

Moyola at times in the first half played exceptional football and they used the big pitch to their advantage. Fifteen minutes into the half Moyola nearly broke the deadlock as Lynn went close.

Ballycastle nearly scored just before half time when a cross from a winger found the Ballycastle striker but Clarke made a last ditch tackle.

From the resulting corner Moyola broke but the danger was snuffed out by the Ballycastle keeper.

At half time Moyola reorganised and this made a real difference. Moyola went close to the first goal as Lynn met a cross but fired just wide.

Moyola replaced Palraman with Gilmour. This saw Moyola add another attacker and it paid off when a Palframan corner was headed in by Doherty.

Moyola got a second 10 minutes into the half as Lynn found Doherty and he cooly slotted the ball into the net.

With their tails up it was only a matter of time before they got their third when C.Gordon won a great tackle and passed to McKenna, he ran through the Ballycastle defence avoiding tackes before hitting a ferocious shot that left the Ballycastle keeper helpless.

Moyola played out the second half controlling the game. A special mention for Chris Gordon who ran his guts out winning tackles for his team yet stays out of the limelight.

Team: D McErlain, P Gilmour, J Clarke, D Hughes, O Lee, J Gilmour, F McKenna, C Gordon, L Young, R Lynn, E Doherty. Subs: D Palframan, S Murray.

Next week Moyola away Ballymoney.