‘REALITY CHECK’: Portstewart are hammered in NW Cup at Moyola

Action from Moyola Park's match against Portstewart at the Mill Meadow in Castledawson on Saturday. All pictures by Valerie Martin.
Action from Moyola Park's match against Portstewart at the Mill Meadow in Castledawson on Saturday. All pictures by Valerie Martin.

Portstewart boss Gary Taylor described Saturday’s 4-0 defeat in the Craig Memorial Cup as a bit of ‘a reality check’.

The Seasiders had been on a good run of form, they are still undefeated in the League, however Moyola are proving to be somewhat of a bogey team, they have now knocked Portstewart out of both the junior and senior North West Cups.

“We just weren’t at the races,” admitted Taylor.

“Moyola tore us apart.

“It was just an off day for the whole team.

“I know some of the boys don’t like playing on the 3G pitch, but using that as excuse is cluching at straws.

“You could say that Moyola have an advantage in that they train and play on it, but to be honest we just didn’t play well, they were first to every ball and pressed us all over the pitch.”

On a more positive note Taylor said that he was happy that the defeat came in the Cup: “Yes it was a Cup we would’ve liked a run in, but our league form to date has been excellent so it’s important to keep this run going.

“We’ve Newington at home this week, so I hope we can restore a little pride. The boys were really annoyed about the defeat, and I know they’ll be looking to get back on form again on Saturday.”

Taylor added than a knee injury to influencial centre back James Peden could see him out for a few weeks: “James will be seeing the physio this week. James is a big player for us, so we’re hoping that he returns quickly.”

Portstewart’s tie with Newington has a 3.00 kick off.

*Portstewart FC will be hosting a ‘Karaoke and Games’ night on Saturday, October 12. Admission is £5 and everyone is welcome.