Moyola under 13’s kicked off their 09/10 season with a visit to Ballymena Showground’s on Tuesday 18th August 2009 in an entertaining friendly encounter with newly formed Waveney Youth. The young Moyola side started slowly and found themselves 2-0 down after 15mins but within 5mins had their first opportunity when Gibson's long ball found an unmarked Hunter in the penalty area only for him to shoot straight at the keeper from 12yds. Waveney took a 3 goal advantage when their striker stroked in the loose ball following an outstanding save from Mackle. Mackle was in action again when he blocked a fierce drive with his chest as he closed down the advancing forward. Moyola finished strongly and on the stroke of half time Holmes' (Jam) through pass found Kane but the resulting shot went narrowly wide.
Moyola started the second period were they left off with a more determined attitude and it wasn't long before the visitor's found themselves back in the game. A Waveney clearance only made its way to Evans on the edge of the penalty area who did well to create space for a low right foot drive beyond a sprawling keeper. Moyola scored again after 8mins following Holmes' (Jam) resolute run from defence when he was put clear by a pass from Evans, splitting the home defence, and his left footed drive found the back of the net. Several opportunities were being created by the Castledawson side with their best coming from Kane whose delightful chip from outside the 18yd box landed on the roof of the net. Moyola were denied a penalty claim when Hunter was brought down as he rounded the Waveney keeper but for the referee to play advantage when the ball fell to another Moyola player but the ball being cleared by the home defence. Marshall's resulting in swinging corner was deflected home for the equaliser off the head of one of the home side's defender's. Moyola continued to dominate the play with Cowden and Hill providing width and support from their full back positions and it was Hunter again who saw his shot go narrowly wide with 15mins to go. Mackle was brought into action as the game neared a close and carried off two excellent saves to keep his side in with a chance but could do nothing to stop Waveney's winning goal.
The boys put in a resilient and character enhancing away performance, one which should stand them in good stead for the start of the new league season.
TEAM: C Mackle, T Cowden, D Irvine, Jamie Holmes, K Hill, J Evans, C Peeples, J Marshall, A Henry, S Kane, A Hunter, T Fullerton, Jordan Holmes, R Gibson, J Sayer, R Woodward.