Mossley FC set off on another cup adventure with Saturday’s 5-1 victory over 2c side 4th Newtownabbey Old Boys in a Clarence Cup tie which turned out to be a something of a game of one half!
“It was all about getting the attitude right – treating it like a normal match, as opposed to meeting a side three Divisions below us,” explained Mossley boss Campbell Graham. “We could easily have come unstuck on a tight pitch in wet and blustery conditions with players missing. It was important to get off to a good start, and we had the game as good as won with three goals in the opening 20 minutes.”
James McKinney set Mossley on their way before Dee Flanagan doubled that lead following up after Colin Andrews’ initial shot had been parried by the keeper.
And there seemed no way back for the Carnmoney side once Robbie Barton fired into the corner of the net for Mossley’s third on 20 minutes.
And there was no let-up from the visitors with McKinney notching a fourth thanks to an effort that was surely more cross than shot, before Andrews gave them an unassailable 5-0 lead.
There was some comfort and joy for 4th Newtownabbey as they pulled one back just before the break, but it was a goal that always smacked of consolation.
Five-one up at the break, the second-half was something of an anti-climax with Mossley’s place in the next round already assured.
Things did perk up briefly when Flanagan twice rattled the upright, while Stephen Bell tested the strength of the crossbar. However, after the six goal opening half, the second session remained scoreless.
Mossley FC: Jenkins – McCord, Young (McAllister), Barton, McCune – J McKinney, Fettis, Harper, Flanagan – Andrews (Kernaghan), Bell.