FOOTBALL: Second Time around No Walk in Park
THINGS aren't proving as productive for Moyola Park second time around.
The club are finding out the hard way that defending a title can prove much tougher than winning one.
Moyola Park were formed in 1880 under the patronage of Lord Spencer Chicester, the landlord of the Moyola Park Estate in Castledawson, and is one of Ireland's oldest clubs.
After being successful for many years in the minor leagues of Derry and Ballymena, the club joined the Irish League B Division in 1991.
The best year in the club's history, though, came last season when they won the Second Division title for the first time.
Under the management of Eric Halliday, the team raced away with the title but Halliday left over the summer, to be replaced by Tommy Gowdy.
Gowdy, who managed Shorts, Banbridge Town and Cookstown United before taking on the hot-seat at Moyola, has not found the going easy this season - mainly due to losing many of that league-winning side.
"When a team has a successful season many top Irish League managers come knocking at your door asking to sign your top players," commented Gowdy. …