Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League
Moyola Park 0
Lisburn Distillery 2 Ferguson, McMurtry
Moyola hosted Lisburn Distillery at the Mill Meadow for their final match of the season in the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League. Moyola although unable to move up or down the table were still keen for a victory to end their bad run of form and finish the season on a high. Despite this it was Lisburn who seemed to start quicker, seeing more of the early possession. Moyola would grow into the half however with a succession of solid blocks from Peter McClure helping them find confidence and play more offensively. The first chance of the game would come for Lisburn however, as Ferguson struck a half volley well over the Moyola goal in the 23rd minute. Moyola did respond quickly with their first chance of the match when Aaron Harris carried the ball from deep, moving to the edge of Lisburn’s box before striking a low shot just wide. With no clear chances it seemed as though a long range shot would be needed to break the deadlock. Moyola very nearly had that when in the 31st minute Benji Agnew turned into a volley, looping it just wide of the LIsburn goal in what would have been a spectacular goal. In the 39th minute Stuart Forrest received the first booking of the game after a handball. The resulting Lisburn free kick would however provide an opportunity for Moyola as Benji Agnew latched onto their counter attack, driving into the box but unfortunately hitting his shot inches wide. Despite the late chances the half would finish 0-0 with both teams offensive play needing to improve in the second half if they were to open the scoring.
Despite a more energetic start to the second half and dangerous dribbling from Stephen Greer it wouldn’t be until the 63rd minute when Moyola would make the first chance of the half. A dazzling run by Greer ended with a lay of to Benji Agnew who seemed certain to score but for a good block from Lisburn to give Moyola a corner. Disappointment for Moyola came in the 65th minute when McAllister was forced to come off clutching his arm, a disappointing way for him to end the season and he was replaced by Olympic player Aaron McGlade. It would only get worse for Moyola after this as in the 73rd minute, almost out of nowhere, a Lisburn corner was tapped in by Ferguson making it 0-1, shocking both the Moyola players and the fans watching as it had seemed as though Moyola were the more likely to score. Moyola sped up their play after this as they looked to equalise. It seemed as though they might have had an equaliser in the 79th minute when Stephen Greer out ran the Lisburn defenders to make it to a through ball, however his shot was straight at the keeper. Moyola followed this with another chance in the 80th minute when David Paul was played in only for the Lisburn keeper to make a fantastic save to deny him. It was after this Moyola brought Tiarnan Rafferty on for Benji Agnew. The final five minutes of the match would see Farniok switch from hero to villain and then back again. A Lisburn counter resulted in Farniok getting down well to make a good save from a one on one. The resulting clearance however, went straight to Lisburn’s McMurtry who scored in the now empty net with a good long range finish to make it 0-2. Another long range shot in the 89th minute made Farniok the hero again as he tipped the driven shot onto the crossbar. Farniok followed this up with another great save in the 90th minute to keep Moyola’s late hopes alive. It would prove to not be enough as the final whistle blew finishing 0-2 to Lisburn, a frustrating end to the season with yet another match Moyola will have felt they could have gotten a result in.