Saturday, 22 September 2018
Michael Tolan's second half double guided Moyola Park to their first points of the season with victory over Lurgan Celtic at Knockramer Park.
Despite the eventual outcome Lurgan Celtic started the better of the two sides and were causing problems down their left flank with Matthew Andrews and Peter McCann impressive.
Celtic had a series of corners but failed to capitalise on their early dominance and as the half wore on Moyola began to demonstrate the threat they possessed from set piece situations.
With half an hour gone Moyola had penalty claims waved away and in the follow up Celtic keeper Kieran McKerr made a superb save to divert a goal bound shot wide for a corner while, from the set piece, Andrews headed over.
Celtic striker Gerard Rooney then had a penalty appeal of his own dismissed before Sean O'Reilly headed narrowly over from a corner.
The game was becoming more open and chances were getting created for both sides, with Andrews latching onto another Celtic corner and firing a shot towards the top corner of the Moyola goal albeit just over.
The deadlock was broken on 72 minutes when a left wing run and cut back was knocked past McKerr by via the aid of a slight deflection.
This kickstarted Celtic into life and John Cochrane had a header from a free kick narrowly go over, whilst a Rioghan Crawford drilled effort across the face of goal also missed the target.
However, Tolan made sure of the points for Moyola late in the game. With the Celtic defence stretched McKerr made another fantastic initial save, but the follow up tucked away.
Celtic were given an injury time chance of a consolation when they were awarded a penalty, but the spot kick by Niall Lavery went over the bar.
Lurgan Celtic: McKerr, Andrews, Farren, McCabe, Cochrane, Lindsay, Crawford, O'Reilly, Rooney, Murphy, McCann subs Short (not used), Henderson (not used), Lavery (replaced Cochrane 70), Roper (replaced Crawford 77), McAlinden (replaced Farren 77)
Moyola Park: Farniok, Curry, McQuillan, McAllister, Graham, McIlhatton, Rafferty, Beggs, Harkin, Doey, Taggart subs Harris (replaced Rafferty 87), Morgan (not used), McClure (not used), Forrest (replaced Beggs 77), Tolan (replaced Taggart 46)
Referee: Glenn Buchanan