Moyola Park travelled to Seaview on a sunny Saturday to take on Newington in the NIFL Premier Intermediate League. Moyola were hoping to get the 3 points in their final game before the split. The first 20 minutes of the game was pretty even with both teams having chances. 20 minutes into the game Newington were close to taking the lead with a shot that just went slightly wide of the right hand post. A few minutes after this they had another chance of going in front but the shot goes high and wide. Moyola started to come into the game with a shot from Hassan but an easy save for Newington’s keeper to stop the opposition from scoring. 34 minutes into the first half Newington had the best chance of the game when a mistake from Moyola’s defence led to Newington having a shot which came off the post. Shortly after this, Moyola had a chance at the other end with a cross in from Taggart to Hassan but it goes slightly wide. With 5 minutes remaining until half time, Moyola Park’s Rafferty was brought down inside the 18 yard box and the referee pointed to the spot, a penalty was awarded to the visiting team. Rafferty stepped up to take it and put the ball in the net to give the visitors the 1-0 lead on the edge of half time.
Both teams came out in the second half trying to get another goal to change the scoreline. 15 minutes into the second half, Moyola extended their lead with a pass from Hassan to Beggs who made a great run and finished well to make the score 2-0 to the visiting team. Newington kept pushing at Moyola to try and find a goal to get back into the game but Moyola were eager to hold on to the 2-0 advantage. With only 15 minutes of the game remaining, great play by Moyola Park’s Harris and Beggs who then put a great ball into the box, squared it to Hassan who tapped it into the net to make the score now 3-0. The last 15 minutes, both teams traded chances but the game finished 3-0 to the visitors.
Moyola Park – Farniok, Harris, McQuillan (C), McAllister, Forrest, Beggs, Taggart, J.Paul (McNamee), McAuley (Evans) , Hassan, Rafferty (D.Paul). Sub not used – Doey