Limavady United 3
Moyola Park 2
With both Limavady and Moyola Park separated by just two points, Saturday’s clash at the Showgrounds was always going to be crucial.
As it happened Chris Dowie’s brace for Moyola wasn’t enough for the Mill Meadow men as they lost out 3-2.
Despite the difficult conditions, both underfoot and overhead, the two sides played attractive football.
Limavady’s player-manager Paul Owens had a free kick superbly saved by Moyola goalkeeper Marty Farniok but from the subsequent corner kick Shane Jennings had space at the far post to tap the ball into the Moyola Park net for the only goal of the first half.
In the opening minute of the second half Adam Gray headed just wide of Paul Wells near post.
The visitors were again caught napping from a corner kick on the right when Ryan Mullan headed powerfully to the back of Marty Farniok’s net.
Within two minutes Chris Dowie brought Moyola Park back into the game when he scored with a fine glancing header despite Wells’ full length dive to his right.
Two minutes later Dowie found the Limavady net again with a well struck shot from close range to put the visitors back on level terms.
However this parity was short lived as the Moyola Park defence once again succumbed from a corner kick with Bryan McClelland being on hand to head to the net through a crowd of players.
Despite continuing to pose a threat to the home defence in the closing minutes Wells in the Limavady goal enabled his team to hold on until the final whistle.
Limavady United: Paul Wells, Michael Walsh, Diabhibd McIvor, Bryan McClelland, Ryan Mullan, Gary McFadden (Corey McMullan 45), Paul Owens (Craig Moore, 81), Lee Harkin, Shane Jennings, Cathair Friel (Gareth Brown, 71), Hugh Carlin. Subs not used: Blain Morrison, Conor O’Hara.
Moyola Park Marty Farniok, Craig McAllister, Gareth Stewart (Darren Walls, 66), Steven McQuillan, Mark Waddell, Adam Gray, Robert Lucas, Eugene Gallagher, Chris Dowie, David Healy (Jason Paul, 60), Conor Taggart (Sean McCabe, 83). Subs not used: Connor Barrow, Nicholas Black.
Referee: Simon Gregg (Ballymena).