North West Craig Memorial Intermediate Cup
Strabane Athletic 1 Ferry
Moyola Park 4 McIlhatton (2), Rafferty, Moore
Meryvn Pattison’s Moyola Park travelled to Melvin Park on Saturday to take on Strabane Athletic in the Quarter finals of the Craig Memorial Cup. Moyola were eager to bounce back after last week’s disappointing result losing 2-1 to Donegal Celtic in the League.
Strabane started off the stronger side and were edging closer to take the lead. 20 minutes into the game they took the lead through Ferry and made the score 1-0. Moyola started to come back into the game and had chances to equalise from Forrest and Mcilhatton but the keeper stopped both chances to keep the score at 1-0. Moyola were edging closer to equalising when 41 minutes into the game, Raffterty was brought down in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. McIlhatton stepped up to take the penalty and calmly put the ball past the keeper into the net to equalise for Moyola. Moyola pushed on and were hoping to take the lead before half time. On the 44th minute, Rafferty had a chance; he beat the keeper and put the ball in the bottom left hand corner to give the visitors a 2-1 lead just before half time.
Moyola came out in the second half with the confidence to push on to get a third goal. Moyola started off the better team in the second half, they had many chances to extend their lead but Strabane’s Keeper pulled of a few great saves to keep the score line at 2-1. On the 82nd Minute, Moyola were giving a free kick from around 35 yards and Rafferty stepped up to take the free kick for the visiting team. He delivered a good ball into the box and Mcilhatton pulls of a great finish and puts the ball in the back of the net to extend the visiting teams lead to 3-1, Moyola now had the game almost won. Moyola continued to push on and with 4 minutes remaining, Mcilhatton crossed the ball into the box where Craig Moore was there to tap it into the net to make the score 4-1 to the visitors. Moyola were happy to get back to winning ways.
Moyola Park: Maybin, McAllister, Harris (Mcwhirter), McQuillan (C), Kelly, Forrest, Beggs, (Rowe) Mcilhatton, Rafferty, Paul, McNamee (Moore) Subs not used: Ritchie