Loughgall 2 – 3 Moyola Park | Loughgall Football Club

Loughgall 2 – 3 Moyola Park

Loughgall were knocked out of the Intermediate Cup by Championship Two side Moyola Park in their first game in almost a month. Their lack of match sharpness was evident on a sodden pitch which produced real difficulties for both sides.

The visitors started brightly and almost went ahead in the 11th minute when Conor Gregg shot against the crossbar from inside the penalty area. Two minutes later Gregg and Conor Taggart were both denied by an outstanding double save from Loughgall ‘keeper Gareth Buchanan.

In the 18th minute Moyola Park opened the scoring when a defensive mistake involving Gary Henderson and ‘keeper Buchanan allowed Gregg to pounce and slot the ball into an empty net.

Loughgall equalised on 26 minutes when a great through-ball allowed Wesley Boyle to race down on goal to set-up strike partner Warner Mullen with a tap in from close range.

Two minutes later the visitors almost regained their lead when Gregg rose highest to head Conor McNamee’s corner goalwards only to see Graeme Taylor well-positioned to clear off the goal line.

The Championship Two side did score from a corner five minutes before the break in controversial circumstances. McNamee’s pinpoint delivery was bundled home by Daniel McElhatton using his right arm however the referee was unsighted from his position on the edge of the penalty area and allowed the goal to stand.

Moyola Park extended their lead on 66 minutes when forward Gregg headed the ball back across goal and over the diving ‘keeper Buchanan.

Loughgall grabbed a goal back with nine minutes remaining when Mullen curled a free-kick into the top corner for his second goal of the game.

The hosts put pressure on the Moyola goal however they couldn’t force an equaliser with Mark Dane denied by a great save from goalkeeper Aaron Cassidy, and Steven Ferguson firing a shot off the outside of the post.

Loughgall: Buchanan, Henderson (Dane 71m), Taylor, Hudson, Copeland, Ferguson, Walsh, McMahon (Uprichard 66m), Rea, Mullen, Boyle. Unused sub: Morrow.

Loughgall: Buchanan, Henderson (Dane 71m), Taylor, Hudson, Copeland, Ferguson, Walsh, McMahon (Uprichard 66m), Rea, Mullen, Boyle. Unused sub: Morrow.

Moyola Park: Cassidy, Harris, Magill, McQuillan, Kelly, McNamee, McCauley (Evans 75m), McElhatton, Dowie, Gregg, Taggart. Unused subs: Black, Kells.

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