Banbridge Town 4
Coagh Reserves 1
Banbridge Town took full advantage of this reserve fixture as they fielded their 1st team as they have had no action in 3 weeks, but it was the organised performance of the youthful Coagh side that was impressive.
Banbridge struggled to create any meaningful chances in the first half as Coagh pressed and made life difficult for their senior opponents.
It was Coagh that produced the best chance of the first half in the 32nd minute as Stuart Glasgow found Smyth who then released Ramsey, but Cairnduff in the home sides goal raced out to save well at the winger’s feet.
As half time approached the home side took the lead, Pedlow’s cross into the Coagh box was inadvertently turned into their own net by a Coagh defender.
Coagh were dealt a blow 5 minutes into the second half as Banbridge doubled their lead from a long range shot. Coagh continued to work hard and didn’t let their heads drop as Creighton and Johnson replaced Gates and Ramsey.
On 65 minutes Coagh gave themselves a lifeline with the goal of the game; Glasgow got the ball 25 yards out and rifled the ball into the top corner.
Coagh had their best spell of the game as they caused Banbridge problems; Smyth.
Defensively Coagh where coping with the Banbridge attack, especially the solid performance of 15 year old Aaron Reid at right back. Hogshaw replaced Lees on 70 minutes.
With 10 minutes remaining the home side where awarded a penalty which was only one of the referee’s poor decisions on the day. The penalty was converted making it 3-1 and effectively ending the contest.
Coagh conceded again at the final whistle, but can come away with confidence high after an organised, hard working performance.
Coagh entertain current league leaders Loughgall at Coagh Sports Centre kick off 2.15pm.
Team: Graham McKensie, Aaron Reid, Alex Lees, Ricky Ferson, Mark Drennan, Simon Gates, Stuart Glasgow, Jonny McLean, Lee Smyth, Hugo Batista, Steven Ramsey, Andrew Creighton, Jonny Johnson, Stefan Hogshaw.