MOYOLA Park entertained neighbours Coagh United on Saturday for the first league game of the season with new signings Feargheall Mullan, Jason Holmes, Stephen Kenning, Connor Monaghan and Daniel McFadden.
The game started in heavy rain in front of the large crowd Coagh had the first chance of the game when Lamont found himself in front of goal only to see his shot saved by Maguire.
The home team opened the scoring in the 5th minute when a free kick on the right from Hassan found the head of McQuillan and he glanced the ball past Yorke in the visitors goal.
In the 16th minute Coagh had a penalty appeal turned down, however in the 24th minute a scramble in the home goalmouth resulted in the assistant referee calling over the referee which saw him award a penalty and also send off Moyola captain McQuillan for deliberate hand ball. Ex-Moyola player Aaron Campbell stepped up and fired the ball in past Maguire to level the scores.
Coagh tried to extend their lead but could not break down a reshaped Moyola back line which saw Mullan move in beside Kelly and Harkness dropping to right back.
Coagh started the second half of on the front foot with Gillespie having a shot saved by Maguire in the 54th minute and two minutes later the well placed Campbell fired well over.
Moyola made a change in the 57th minute with McIntyre replacing Lucas.
Moyola had a chance in the 60th minute when substitute McIntyre made a run down the left and his pass found Monaghan who saw his shot saved by Yorke. Coagh thought they had taken the lead in the 62nd minute however former Moyola player Mark Scott saw his fierce shot clip the outside of the post.
Moyola made their second change of the game in the 64th minute when new signing Daniel McFadden replaced fellow new boy Jason Holmes. Coagh tried in vain for a breakthrough but saw Scott shoot wide and Ferguson's shot parried over by Maguire.
Coagh made their first change in the 69th minute with Johnny Black replacing Jason Gillespie.
A minute later Moyola thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Hassan was brought down inside the Coagh penalty area however both the assistant and the referee waved away their appeals.
From the resulting free a tussle in the box between Hawe and Johnston saw the home side awarded a penalty but Kelly saw his weak shot saved by Yorke.
In the 84th minute the penalty count evened up following a tussle between a home defender and Steven Park with Campbell stepping up to the spot only to see his effort parried by Maguire but fell back to his feet and he finally converted at the second attempt of the post.
All credit to the home side they never gave up but with only ten men it was just too much.
Coagh brought on more fresh legs in Marcus Dallas and Philip McGarvey. Dallas and Black combined to get the corner and from Steven Hawe's header McGarvey converted Coagh's third.
The final goal of the match was when a fluffed shot by Johnny Black was heading towards the corner flag only to hit the ankle of the unfortunate Kelly and rolled past the stranded Maguire.
Moyola Park: Maguire, Mullan, Stewart, McQuillan, Kelly, Monaghan, Hassan, Harkness, Holmes, Johnston, Lucas subs McIntyre (replaced Lucas 68), Kells (not used), McFadden (replaced Holmes 76), Kenning (not used), Pattison (not used)
Coagh United: Yorke, McGeown, Ferguson, Calderwood, Hawe, Park, Lamont, Donaldson, Gillespie, Campbell, Scott subs Dallas (replaced Scott 55), Black (replaced Gillespie 75), McGarvey (replaced Donaldson 63)