Football: Five star Moyola Olympic go top after Sport & Leisure victory

Glebe 1sts v Moyola on Saturday.INBM47-13 200JC
Glebe 1sts v Moyola on Saturday.INBM47-13 200JC

Sport and Leisure Swifts 3 Moyola Park Olympic 5

A superb team performance by Moyola Park Olympic, saw them secure a great away win over the current Ballymena Junior League Division Two leaders, Sport and Leisure.

Moyola had already created a number of scoring opportunities before Brian Holmes fired them 1-0 ahead. Soon,it was 2-0 when Darren Scullion finished to the net after a good move. It got even better for the visitors when Kevin Loughrey was on hand to score for 3-0, the half time whistle sounding soon after. However,the city side hit back strongly on the restart and some slack defending allowed Sport and Leisure to register twice in quick succession to make it 2-3.

Despite this, Olympic maintained their composure and Scullion raced clear to score an all important goal for 2-4. Midway through the half, Loughrey went on a great run and set up William Dunlop who deservedly got on the scoresheet with a neat finish to make it 2-5.

While the hosts pulled another back soon after, Moyola held firm to claim three vital points and gain a result which sees them go joint top of the league.

Needless to say,manager Leslie Bell was delighted with his teams performance but knows only a similar one this Saturday will suffice as Olympic make a return journey to Belfast for another tough league encounter.

Eglinton Eagles 2

Moyola U17s 3

Eglinton started the game of the quicker although unable to take advantage of the early pressure.

Moyola then asserted themselves on the game winning an early penalty for a foul on Matthew Mulholland which Sam White stepped up to take which placed well in the corner but the keeper managed to get a hand to the ball pushing it away.

Moyola deservedly took the lead shortly after through Matthew Mulholland after some great work from Nathan Evans. Eglinton then leveled the game taking advantage of some poor defending from Moyola to equalise just before half time. Moyola started the second half the stronger of the two teams regaining the lead from a Bryn Jones free kick which fell kindly to Caolan McGrogan who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Eglinton the equalised through an unnecessary penalty conceded by Moyola. Moyola didn’t let their heads drop and retook the lead through Matthew Mulholland after a great pass from Sam White.

Moyola U13 travelled to Coleraine on Saturday and won 2-1 with a performance that fully merited this victory.

Gilmour, McKenna, Young and Palframan were bossing the midfield causing the Colts lots of problems and not allowing them to establish a foothold.

Moyola were now growing in confidence having dealt with everything the league leaders could throw at them and they took a deserved lead after 20 minutes. Gilmour won the ball in midfield fed Young who slid in McKenna to slot home. This rocked the home team and Moyola were pushing for a second when disaster struck. A long ball found its way to a Colts striker to score.

At half time Moyola were forced into a change when Murray had to come off with a foot injury and was replaced by C Gordon. Moyola took the lead again when Lee won another great tackle pushed the ball down the line for E.Doherty to run at the Colts defence, fire a good shot at goal which the home keeper could only push into the path of R.Lynn to score. Moyola held firm to record a great victory.

Team-D Palframan, J Gilmour, O Lee, F McKenna, L Young, S Murray, D McErlain, R Lynn, E Doherty, J Clarke, D Hughes. Sub-C Gordon. Scorers-F McKenna and R Lynn.