Tiarnan Rafferty (71p)


Joe Finlay (84)


Moyola Park boss Mervyn Pattison (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)


Moyola started the better of the two sides but anything they could offer inside the opening quarter-of-an-hour or so was comfortably dealt with by Newington 'keeper Dean Smyth.

The visitors had their first effort of note on 25 minutes when Conal Burns was denied by home custodian Marcin Farniok.

Indeed, that was a trend that followed for the remainder of the first half with both 'keepers very much on top.

Burns came close again for Newington early in the second half only to turn the ball narrowly wide.

The deadlock was broken on 71 minutes. Moyola's Daniel McIlhatton found himself clear inside the box but was taken down by Smyth - who picked up a straight red card for his trouble - with Tiarnan Rafferty stepping up to convert from the spot into the bottom corner.

However, Newington grabbed a share of the spoils with six minutes remaining when a free-kick was floated from the right into the box for Joe Finlay to flick past Farniok.

Moyola Park: Farniok, Forrest, McQuillan, Doey, McAllister, Mullan, McIlhatton, Beggs, Rafferty, Taggart, Paul subs McNamee (replaced Beggs 88), Hassan (replaced Taggart 72), Evans (not used), Rowe (replaced Doey 61)

Newington: Smyth, Gowdy, McAllister, Pierce, Gilgunn, Brannigan, McFall, O'Neill, Burns, Scollay, Sullivan subs McErlean (replaced Gilgunn 46), Dempsey (replaced Scollay 74), Finlay (replaced Sullivan 70)

Referee: Iain Banks

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