Moyola Olympic came into today’s home match against Larne Olympic in a good vain of recent form despite their last win being recorded early February; lack of game nouse as opposed to ability hurting the side’s results over the last month.
Throwing away game winning positions against PSNI and Portadown Reserves, saw the Castledawson men lose those games 4-3 and 4-2, despite at one point being ahead by 3 and 2 goals respectively for long periods of the game. Maybe match fitness playing a factor. The side were also to rue the chance to take a point away from Carrick Rangers Reserves on their recent visit to the Loughshore Hotel Arena losing that game also 4-2 in the end; a combination of overall conceding bad goals and missing good chances. But despite those recent losses manager David Paul has been adamant that his side have been playing well and their effort and play would start to materialise wins for the side. Particularly given they’ve been playing against sides recently with a smattering of first team talent in their panel so the games have been hard fought and the team have been toe to toe with some strong sides.
Coming into today’s match Morgan Moore has been in excellent form and he along with with his back four of Aaron McKee, Shay McMath, Ciaran McKeever & Raymond Duggan today were well organised and dominant, limiting Larne to scant opportunities. Confidence was also high from an attacking perspective given Declan Martin’s contribution of a goal a game since his arrival into the side since January and the commendable recent form of Cameron Neilly.
Hopefully learning from recent errors in game management today’s result was a very controlled performance; the midfield particularly getting a good balance between attacking foray and defensive responsibility. Connor Lundy who has impressed since signing, to progress to first team panel, epitomising that confidence to keep the ball and play out a defensive duty rather than giving away cheap possession. Shea Donnelly buoyed by his debut goal for the side v. Portadown always posing a threat going forward and workmanlike in his other responsibilities. However, it was to be another talented midfielder today that would make the headlines; Aaron McGlade swivelling on the turn in the right corner of the Larne box, to strike an unstoppable volley past their outstretched keeper. The only goal of the game, just before the half. The introductions of Jason Goldie and Peter Evans second half helped the team solidify the result in the second period.