Moody goal enough to claim points for Portstewart at Sport and Leisure

Owen Moody was the toast of Portstewart on Saturday night, as his late goal earned Portstewart three points at Glen Road on Saturday.

The start of the game was an even enough affair with both defences dominating play.

Ryan Doherty had an early chance, his shot just clipped the cross bar.

This seemed to give the visitors a bit of confidence and they began to dominate the play.

Other chances fell to Lee Forgrave, Ricky Dunlop and Nigel Turner, at the other end Joel Madison had only one worth while effort to save.

With the game scoreless at the break, Portstewart stepped up a gear and played some good football.

Nigel Turner could only watch as his effort went wide of the post, following a fine run by Ryan McAllister.

The home team seemed to be settling for a draw, but the never give up attitude of the seasiders payed dividends when Owen Moody scored with a pile driver from an acute angle.

Ports boss Gary Taylor was delighted with the win: “We played very well.

“We left it until the last minute to get the goal, but I felt throughout the game we had done enough to get the win.”

Taylor paid tribute to Owen Moody for the goal: “Every time Owen got the ball he looked like he was going to score.

“He made so many good runs, and he deserved his goal.”

Portstewart travel to Banbridge this Saturday, and Taylor says that confidence is high in side, so they have nothing to fear.

“We’re playing well. Our defence is solid.

“John Neill was awarded our player of the month award, and we all felt that he deserved it.

“He’s been a great addition to the squad, he has a lot of experience, he is good for our younger squad members.

“John alongside Ryan McAllister, James Peden and Johnny Gawn and keeper Joel Madison have been very solid.

“The boys are confident playing at the back and that always helps.

“I am pleased that we are creating plenty of chances so I feel that we have nothing to fear ahead of Saturday’s tie.”

Portstewart were handed a bye in the Intermediate Cup, and they are hoping for a good draw in the Irish Cup draw.

“I’d like a wee run in Intermediate Cup,” admitted Taylor,

“It would be nice to get one of the big teams at home in the Irish Cup, “ he added.

PORTSTEWART: Maddison, Gawne, McCallister, White, Peden,Neill,Turner, Forgrave, Moody, Dunlop, Doherty.