There was defeat, but no disappointment for Moira FC’s Under 14s as they missed out on claiming the silverware from the first final in the club’s history.
Although the young Moira boys lost 6-3 to Dergview in the Mid Ulster Youth League Knockout Cup final, they more than played their part in the nine-goal thriller that saw both teams score spectacular goals.
Dergview took the lead midway through the second half when Adam Young hammered in a powerful shot from long range.
Moira hit back before the break though, when they were awarded a penalty.
Lorcan Nelson was fouled right on the edge of the box and after consulting his linesman the referee decided that the offence had taken place inside the box.
After hitting the crossbar with a free kick moments earlier, Fergal Henry stepped up and kept his cool to maintain his impressive record from the spot this season.
That goal gave Moira a shot of confidence and two minutes into the second half they were in front.
Top goalscorer Joel Adu-Boateng collected the ball just inside the Dergview half before making a great run and the next time another player touched the ball they were picking it out of the net.
Jolted by going behind Dergview responded and within five minutes the pendulum had swung the other way, with Jamie Finlay and Adam Clarke getting the goals.
When Young made it 4-2 with another powerful long range strike it looked like the game was up for Moira, but that was anything but the case and when Matthew Stewart was fouled close to the left touchline Henry swung the free kick across goal and over the goalkeeper’s head to cut the deficit.
A misunderstanding in the Moira defence gave Dergview an indirect free kick inside the box for a back pass and the ball was rolled to Young for him to complete his hat-trick and make it 5-3.
With time running out Moira pushed forward and were hit with a sucker punch when Dergview broke forward and scored their sixth through Dylan Hempton.
“Although the boys lost the game it didn’t stop everyone enjoying what was a great day for the club – because the boys played so well,” said Matt Peach, from LOGIC Moira, under whose banner the football club runs.
This Saturday Moira’s Under 13s have the opportunity to claim a trophy when they face Rathfriland in the final of the Mid Ulster Youth League Shield.
MOIRA FC: Jack Brown, Matthew Mawhinney, Christopher Prentice, Ross Kennedy, Toby Hagan, Finlay Orr, Lorcan Nelson, Fergal Henry, Scott Allen, Joel Adu-Boateng, Matthew Stewart. Subs: Marcus Taylor, Andrew Martin, Jack McCabe, Leo Egge-Cousins.