Coagh United Reserves 3
Banbridge Rangers 4
After last week’s encouraging Cup win, Coagh entertained Banbridge with five changes forced on them for various reasons.
The home side looked rusty and struggled to get their passing game together but still created the first chance of the game on 10 minutes when Ally McGuckin was put through but, under pressure, screwed his shot wide of the target.
The first goal did eventually come, but for the vistors. Timmy Graham was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area, the resulting penalty giving Kyle Nelson no chance.
On 22 minutes the home side where on level terms. Andy Neill flicked the ball over the keeper and finished with a simple tap in.
Coagh’s failure to clear their lines resulted in them going behind again on 38 minutes and again paid the price a minute from the interval with Banbridge going 3-1 up.
Finding themselves with an uphill task, Coagh put pressure on straight away and on 57mins pulled one back, Bill Lees right wing cross headed firmly home by Jonny Johnson.
Again Coagh’s indecision cost them going 4-2 down on 69 minutes.
The home side managed to give themselves hope on 78 minutes making it 4-3 but ran out losing the game as time ran out.
Coagh United Reserves will hope to have a few players back for Saturday’s home game against last season’s league champions Loughgall United at Coagh Sports Centre. Kick off is at 2.15pm.