Moyola Park bounced back from a disappointing shoot out defeat in the Craig Cup final to open 2014 with a resounding 4-0 victory against Chimney Corner at Mill Meadow.
The visitors started well with Ciaran Ryan testing the Moyola Park defence which captain Steven McQuillan marshalled with his usual aplomb.
It was somewhat against the run of play when Michael Walsh slipped the ball through to Darren Walls who beat Corner’s ‘keeper Jonathan Norwood from a tight angle.
Steven Kenning doubled Moyola Park’s advantage in the 19th minute when he found the net following a strong run and cross from the left by Walls.
Mark McCullough fired over the Moyola Park crossbar four minutes later. On the half hour mark Chris Dowie brought out the best in Norwood as the latter finger tipped a goal bound strike over his crossbar.
Nine minutes before the interval Dowie rattled Norwood’s net with Walls again providing the opening. Walls was once again a thorn in the flesh of the Antrim men’s defence when he provided the pass which led to Sean McConnell heading past Norwood at his left hand goalpost.
Dowie had an excellent opportunity to add a fifth two minutes into the second half but drove the ball wide.
The home side continued to control the game and only a Dominik Luzynczyk effort which he sent a foot over the crossbar threatened Marty Farniok’s goal during the second half.
Steven Kenning came close to doubling his tally but following a good run his shot went wide of Norwood’s goal. Mervyn Pattison’s men earned a well deserved three points which saw them climb to 10th place in the NIFL Championship Two table.
Moyola Park: Marty Farniok, Damian Maguire, Gareth Stewart, Steven McQuillan, Mark Waddell (Steven Kelly), Michael Walsh, Sean McConnell (Craig McAllister), Eugene Gallagher, Chris Dowie, Steven Kenning, Darren Walls ( David Paul) Subs not used: Maurice Curtis and Conall Kilpatrick
Chimney Corner: Jonathan Norwood, Brendan Dorrian, Connor Martin, Artur Koypt, Sean McCashin, Nathan Finlay, Stephen Tully, Liam Conlon, Dominik Luzynczyk, Christopher McElroy, Ciaran Ryan. Subs: Ciaran Frith, Graeme Steenson and Mark McCullough
Next up for Moyola Park is the IFA Challenge Cup 5th Round tie against Dungannon Swifts at Mill Meadow on Saturday with a 3pm kick off. This fixture provides an opportunity for local fans to see an IFA Premiership side in competitive action at Mill Meadow.
Saturday 18th January brings Banbridge Town as visitors for an NIFL Championship Two fixture.