News round-up from Moyola Park FC

MOYOLA entertained Ballyclare Comrades at the Mill Meadow on Saturday and drew 1-1 with the goal from Danny McIlhatton, Moyola also had Curtis Hassan sent off late on for two bookable offences.

Saturday 14th April – Ballymena & Provincial Junior 1 - Moyola Park Olympic 0 Ballyclare Comrades Reserves 5


Saturday 21st April - Belfast Telegraph Championship 2 - Moyola Park v Sport & Leisure Swifts - Mill Meadow @ 3pm

Saturday 28th April - Belfast Telegraph Championship 2 - Queens University v Moyola Park - The Dub @ 3pm

Olympic Fixtures

Saturday 21st April – Ballymena & Provincial Junior 1 - Moyola Park Olympic v Ballynure Old Boys (B) @ 2pm

Saturday 28th April – Ballymena & Provincial Junior 1 - Ballynure Old Boys (B) v Moyola Park Olympic - The Diamond Rathcoole @ 2pm

Ladies fixtures

Wednesday 25th April – Davison’s Frudles Division 2 - Portadown Integrated Ladies -v- Moyola Park Ladies

Youth Results- Saturday 14th April

NWCDYL – League Cup - Magherafelt Sky Blues U11 4 Moyola Park U11 0

MUYL – Shield QF - Moyola Park U15 3 Enniskillen Rangers U15 1

Enniskillen heaped on the pressure from the start and a frenzy of corners in the first five minutes kept Moyola encamped in their own half. Cassidy made a terrific reaction save to tip a header onto the bar and Evans clear to safety.

Darragh put a ball down the channel for Doyle to cross low and hard but the stretching McElhatton couldn’t make contact and the ball was cleared. McElhatton’s header from the resulting corner was straight at the goalkeeper as the Moyola pressure gained momentum. Agonisingly Enniskillen took the lead after 20mins.

A free kick from the half way line was headed away by McAtamney but for the ball to rebound off a Moyola player and fall kindly into the path of the Enniskillen striker who slotted the ball home.

Moyola continued to play the better football and a McGrogan free-kick found the head of McAtamney but for the effort to fall straight into the keepers lap.

Ten minutes before half-time and the Moyola possession finally paid off. Darragh won a free-kick on the left and sent in a teasing cross which was only half cleared and fell to Downey whose left footed shot was deflected into the corner of the net for the equaliser.

Enniskillen had the best opportunity of the two teams to take a goal advantage into the break. Their winger raced clear into the area but Cassidy closed the angle and saved with his legs.

Moyola came storming out of the blocks in the second period with early chances falling to Connery, O’Kane and Downey but just couldn’t find the target. Cassidy again was called into action palming a shot onto the post.

Moyola finally got just reward for endeavour to play football. A perfect Darragh corner was met by the head of McElhatton to give the Castledawson lads the lead.

The ever industrious McGuigan was becoming a thorn in the side of the Enniskillen defence always giving a wide option to the Moyola attack.

Devlin, on for O’Kane, could have made it three within minutes of coming on but couldn’t get that all important touch on a free-kick as he slide in at the back post.

But Devlin didn’t have to wait too much longer for his debutant goal. Another Darragh corner was allowed to float through the box and the young winger nipped in while everyone hesitated and nodded the ball into the net.

NWCDYL – League Cup - Moyola Park U17 3 Glebe Rangers U17 4 (AET)

Youth Fixtures

Saturday 21st April – Mid Ulster Youth League - Moyola Park U15 -v- Craigavon City U15 - Cookstown Arena @ 10.30am

If you are holding a party and need a venue, why not consider the multi functional area at the Mill Meadow. This is available for parties for all ages. For more information contact Joanne Donnelly on 07779479366.

Zumba Classes take place every Thursday night in the Mill Meadow and run from 6.15pm to 7.15pm and the instructor is Deborah Logan.

Block booking requests for training at Mill Meadow are now being taken. For information about the costs and times available contact Willie Jordan at 07759306634 or e-mail 

Moyola Ladies, 15+, have kicked off their new season with training taking place on Monday nights from 7.00pm – 8.15pm at the Mill Meadow, Bridge Street, Castledawson.

Anyone interested please come along and join us. Also for the first year 11 – 14 year old girls also train Monday nights at the same time. For further information contact Valerie Martin on 07754450988

Youth Teams

Under 17 Team (Players born on or after 01 January 95) – Training takes place on a Wednesday night at the Mill Meadow from 8-9pm and for more information contact Robin Martin on 07825068516. Under 15 Team (Players born on or after 01 January 97) – Training takes place on a Wednesday night at the Mill Meadow from 8-9pm and for more information contact David Evans on 07730529081.

Under 11 Team (Players born in 01) – Training takes place on a Monday night at the Mill Meadow from 6.45pm to 8.15pm and for more information contact Roy Clarke on 02879469300.

Under 10 Development Squad (Players born in 02) – Training takes place on a Wednesday night at the Mill Meadow from 7-8pm and for more information contact Paul Cassidy on 07725629967.

Football Development Centre & First Kicks Soccer Academy

The Football Development Centre takes place every Saturday at the Mill Meadow @ 10.30am for children between 4-11. Please arrive at 10:15 ready for 10:30am start. Please wear moulded boots, shin guards and bring a water bottle.

Also, each boy/ girl attending the centre this year will have to pay a £5 registration fee which must be paid within the first 5 weeks of attendance.

A discount will be available for more than one child with a family paying a maximum of £10. On paying the £5 registration you will receive a 10% discount card for Sportsworld, Rainey Street.

For more information contact Keith Quigley on 07912761911.

The Lucky Numbers drawn for Saturday 14th April – 4, 8, 12 and 19 and the £50 consolation prize was won by Moira Callen. 

The Jackpot Prize for Saturday 21st April stands at £5000. Tickets are available in the Social Club or from committee members and please note that the jackpot has now been capped at £5000.

All involved with Moyola Park FC would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to our former player Jim Scott following the death of his father.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim and the Scott family circle at this time.