Depleted Coagh lose out while reserves progress

HEADS UP... Coagh's Steven Lamont wins this aerial encounter over an H&W Welders defender.INMM3713-349SR
HEADS UP... Coagh's Steven Lamont wins this aerial encounter over an H&W Welders defender.INMM3713-349SR

Coagh travelled to Loughgall with a depleted team after a number of debateable dismissals in their game against Lisburn Distillery previous week.

Coagh have appealed against these decisions to the IFA which meant one of the five Marcus Dallas sent off against Distillery was allow to play under appeal while David Calderwood, James Ferguson, Aaron Thornton and Aaron Campbell all remain suspended.

Coagh took an early lead with the inform Jason Gillespie firing home a penalty but Loughall’s Aaron Haire levelled things for the home side ten minutes later.

Both sides miss good opportunities in an end to end battle before goalscorer Aaron Haire again found the Coagh net after a mix up in the visitor’s defence.

Coagh were again caught flat footed at the back as they pushed forward for the equaliser and this allowed Haire in to complete his hat trick for the Armagh men.

Coagh players could well be forgiven for thinking that referees have it in for them as two great penalty claims were turned down by match referee Damien Basketfield.

Jason Gillespie turned in a second goal near the end but any hopes of a Coagh revival were quashed when man of the match Aaron Haire turned in his forth of the contestt. This week Coagh travel to Bangor for a 3pm start.

Coagh United: William Hassan, Stephen Glasgow, Mattie Kempton, Willie Ferguson, Marcus Dallas, Steven Park, Jason Gillespie, Mark Taylor, Steven Lamont , Colin Donaldson, Mathew Young, Scott McGeown, Scott McCordick,

Referee: Damien Basketfield; Officials: Eamon Shanks, Mervyn Adamson.

Irish Junior Cup

Coagh United Reserves 4

Orchard Farm 0

A stunning forty yard strike from Alex Lees in the second half ensured Coagh United Reserves moved into the next round of the largest competition in Junior football with a 4-0 win over Fermanagh side Orchard Farm.

The Reserves used a number of Youth team players and these young guns did well after Orchard Farm pressured them early on.

Coagh looked in trouble as waves of players from the visitors camped on the home goal but several good saves from Graham McKenzie keep Coagh in the match early on.

After ten minutes Coagh were awarded a penalty, Andrew Creighton show composure after controlling a long seeking ball out of the Coagh defence but before the veteran could pull the trigger he was tumbled over in the box for the penalty.

Coagh’s Lee Smyth stepped forward to take the spot kick and gave the keeper no chance, blasting the ball to his right.

The visitors tried hard from the restart forcing six corners before the break but it took two outstanding saves from McKenzie in the Coagh goal to keep Coagh in the driving seat at half time.

Coagh looked more composed at the start of the second half with good flowing football. A corner forced by Timmy Graham in the second half saw Coagh’s Ally McGuckin rise above the Orchard defence to head home Coagh’s second goal.

The visitors made a couple of changes in an effort to freshen things up and they did come close on a number occasions to narrowing the deficit but they could not find the killer touch in front of goal.

Jamie Holmes came off the bench to score the next goal. The young player got in behind the Orchard defence and as the keeper came out, he skillfully lobed the ball into the net.

In the driving seat Coagh sat back and let the visitors play but the home side’s solid defence dealt with any danger that came their way.

Those who stayed to the final whistle the witnessed a peach of a goal from Alex Lees. The impressive left back picked up the ball in his own half and just over the half way line he unleashed a shot which neither twisted or turned before it hit the back of the net.

This was an excellent performance from a very young Coagh team. They now progress to the next round of the Junior Cup.

Coagh United: Graham McKenzie, Timmy Graham, Alex Lees (Aaron Reid), Ally McGuckin, Ricky Ferson, Simon Gates(Jamie Holmes), Bill Lees, Jonny McLean, Andrew Creighton, Lee Smyth, Stephen Ramsey. Subs: Jonny Johnson, Jordan Glasgow, Jordan Boyd.