Moyola Park U16s
MOYOLA U16’s travelled to Cookstown to host south Down’s Camlough.
From the outset Moyola started strongly competing in all areas of the pitch.
After 10 minutes a corner saw a Glass header cleared off the goal-line. The Moyola possession finally paid off and they took a deserved lead on the quarter hour.
Flanagan won the ball on Moyola right and his low cross into the box was met by Glass who side-footed home under pressure from two defenders. From the restart Moyola broke again and Flanagan saw his effort going narrowly wide.
The pressure on the Camlough defence continued, McAtamney received the ball in defence and his ball over the top of the back line which Flanagan ran onto but was tumbled over on the edge of the box. Darragh took the resulting free kick firing past the keeper for 2-0.
Minutes later Cassidy’s goalkick was flicked on by Glass and the hardworking Flanagan stole in on goal. His effort was palmed away by the goalkeeper but McElhatton was on hand to pick up the loose ball and make no mistake from 12 yards. Moyola’s fourth was created by the industrious McElhatton whose cross was half-heartedly cleared and Stuart pulled back to Darragh who stroked the ball into the corner of the goal. Number five arrived after some good movement down the right wing.
A throw-in saw Flanagan find Darragh whose teasing cross found the head of Glass on the penalty spot who looped the ball over the stretching keeper.
A Camlough free-kick then glanced off the Moyola bar. Moyola won a corner and the set piece saw the keeper drop the ball and O Doyle stretched out a foot to tuck the ball into the empty net.
The second period started with Moyola continuing to show the same desire and competiveness.
O Doyle, playing on the left wing, picked up his second of the day as he controlled a through pass from the right and neatly slotted the ball back across goal out of the reach of the diving keeper.
Then debutant striker Glass netted his hatrick as he latched onto a loose ball following a Moyola corner and calmly stroked the ball home through a packed penalty area.
Camlough pulled a goal back midway through the half after receiving a penalty with Cassidy coming agonisingly close to saving the spot-kick down to his right.
Moyola didn’t have to wait too long to add another with Flanagan finally getting off the mark firing home from just inside the box as he was found by another terrific ball fed through from midfield. The Moyola scoreline extended into double figures – Darragh struck a ball from all of 25 yards but to see it clash off the bar for a second time but McGrogan had specutively followed up and drove the ball high into the Camlough net from two yards out.
The unfortunate Flanagan, always making himself available in space, somehow managed to hit the same post three times in the space of five minutes.
The final minutes saw a seventh Moyola player get on the scoresheet, A Doyle corner was glanced home by Evans as he out jumped his marker rising to meet the ball at the near post.