KILLYMOON Rangers Reserves made the trip to Newtownabbey to face newly promoted Mallusk Athletic. Following a heavy downfall of rain, a pitch inspection had to take place and despite water starting to lie on the surface, the fixture went ahead.
The Moon nearly opened the scoring with only two minutes on the clock. Redford saw his free kick hit the side netting. Despite a decent start from the away side, it was Mallusk who took the lead. A clearance from keeper Brown fell to the feet of a Mallusk midfielder who lobbed Brown from fifty yards out.
Killymoon continued to bombard the Mallusk goal. Redford saw his effort hit the post and Martin and Purvis both went close with efforts. In the first half alone, Killymoon had twelver corners but could not capitalise on this spell of dominance.
The rain continued to fall and the referee was reluctant to continue as the conditions were far from ideal for playing football.
The Moon continued their dominance in the second half. The Mallusk keeper was in superb form as he continually kept the away side at bay. Several chances were spurned by the Moon as they failed to find that elusive goal. However, as occurs so often in football against the run of play Mallusk extended their lead. A back pass from McPartland got stuck in the water and the Mallusk forward pounced and raced towards goal. As he tried to go around the keeper he was clipped by Brown. The penalty was awarded and Mallusk doubled their lead.
The away side made a number of substitutions with Montgomery and Shannon coming on for Millar and Young. The pressure continued from Killymoon and finally they got their reward. Purvis powered home with a fine header to leave it 2-1.
Killymoon pushed forward for the equaliser only to be hit on the break by another high ball out of defence and once again the home side capitalised to make it 3-1.
Goalkeeper Brown had a frustrating day as he had near next to nothing to do but found himself picking the ball out of the net three times!
In the dying seconds Abrahams thumped the bar from a yard out as an extremely one sided fixture ended 3-1 to the home team.
Manager Phil Gray was gutted with the result and could not believe how they had been defeated in a very one sided contest.
Killymoon Rangers were not in action on Saturday and they next face Annagh United away on Saturday 8th October.
On Saturday the 2nds are at home to Ballyclare Comrades at Beechway in the Crawford Cup. Kick off is 2pm.