U16s hit five at home

Moyola U16s were in scintillating form as they hammered Co Down side Dromore Amateurs.

From the outset Moyola piled on the pressure and Darragh’s free kick was half-cleared across the area where Stuart controlled and drove home left-footed.

Moyola continued to control the game and, after a couple of missed chances, another Moyola attack proved fruitful as they attacked down the right-hand side with Stuart rounding two Dromore players and neatly chipping a ball through to McElhatton who lobbed the onrushing keeper for O Doyle to nip in and tuck the ball into the empty net to give the home side a two-goal lead.

The opening minutes of the second half saw Dromore step up the pace of their game. A free-kick into the Moyola penalty area was headed back out but a Dromore player pounced on the loose ball on the edge of the area and shot through the crowded box but could not find a way past the in-form Cassidy, desperate to protect his clean sheet. He dived to block the effort with his defenders clearing their lines.

A McAtamney played in McElhatton from a throw-in and the winger held off his marker to pull the ball back to Stuart. He blasted the ball home from an angle 12 yards out.

A Dromore corner was cleared off the line by an alert McKee before Moyola’s fourth came as the home side broke from the left, with Hutchinson playing a diagonal ball across the front of the Dromore goalmouth for Stuart to race onto. The winger’s pace took him past the flat-footed defender and he shot low back across the keeper with the ball bulging the side netting.

It was a terrific goal to complete his hat-trick on a day were his pace and control terrorised the visitors throughout the game.

Dromore were reduced to ten men when their frustration fuelled a spat of rash tackles.

Cassidy’s free-kick from the resulting foul found McGrogan on the right wing who crossed to the back post where it was met by McKee. His shot was saved by the keeper but Hutchinson was on hand to volley in the loose ball for his first goal of the season to the delight of his team-mates.

With the numeric advantage Moyola continue to attack and could have added more goals. This was fantastic, hardworking and disciplined display from the Moyola lads topped off by a second clean sheet, as they take in their games in hand of the league leaders.