COAGH United shook off the mid week battering they received from Glenavon with a 4-2 win over Wakehurst in a re-arranged fixture at Hagan Park. Coagh welcomed back Colin Donaldson into the middle of the park while also giving a first start to new signing Glen Clarke from Fivemiletown.
The visitors stormed out of the blocks with their forward Jason Paul causing the Coagh back line all sorts of problems early on but a counter attack by the home side after five minutes saw Coagh United’s Stephen Lamont opened his account.
A superb move through the Coagh midfield finally saw Colin Donaldson’s pass find Steven Lamont who skipped round left back David Gage to fire a low shot into the net past the stranded Mark Maybin.
The visitors stormed the Coagh goal from the restart but could find no way past Coagh keeper, Johnny Yorke and the inspirational Steven Hawe who was outstanding in the Coagh back four.
Coagh extended their lead just before the break. Caught forward, Wakehurst struggled to break down the pacey Coagh attack involving Park, McGeown and Clarke. Scott McGeown finished the move with a clever pass to Steven Lamont who saw his volley spilled by Mark Maybin. Coagh’s Jason Gillespie side footed home to make it 2-0 to the home side at the break.
In the second half Wakehurst tried to break down the resilient Coagh defence but failed to find a way through. Coagh caught the visitors on the break for the third time in the match and when Glen Clarke was tumbled over, the writing was on the wall. Jason Gillespie sent Maybin the wrong way for Coagh’s third and his second of the match.
Both sides made changes, Coagh replaced Gillespie for Johnny Black and the forward immediately brought out the save of the match seeing his bullet header turned over the bar by Mark Maybin.
Wakehurst brought on Ciaran Lemon, Ricky Culbertson and Stephen McElroy to start a late revival. David Gage made it 3-1 on eighty two minutes for the visitors, but it was all over when Stephen Lamont stormed through for a carbon copy of his first goal. Irn Bru, Irn man Steven Park made the pass for Steven Lamont to score his second of the match. All credit to Wakehurst, they never gave up, and scored on ninety minutes through a Conor Gregg header but it was all too late, Coagh had bagged the points to move them back to the top of Championship Two.
This Saturday Coagh have another tough test when they welcome the PSNI to Hagan Park. The Police, under new Manager Jimmy Brown, will want to get back on track after their shock defeat against Queens last Saturday while Coagh will be hoping to maintain their current League form. Kick off 3pm at Hagan Park Coagh
Coagh United : Johnny Yorke, Scott McGeown, Aaron Thornton, David Calderwood, Steven Hawe, Steven Park, Stephen Lamont, (Barry Anderson) Colin Donaldson, Jason Gillespie,, Glen Clarke, (Johnny Black) Mark Scott, (Aaron Campbell)
Wakehurst : Mark Maybin, Roy Colville, (Ricky Culbertson) David Gage, Douglas Stevenson, Steven Gage, Lee McCaughern, Stephen Mallon, (Ciaran Lemon) Mark Crawford, (Stephen McElroy) Conor Gregg, Jason Pau,l Ryan Gregg, Andrew Erwin
Referee; Mr E. Ferguson Referee Assistants Mr J. McNabb and Mr. McDaid (all Coleraine)