Football: Coagh score at last and claim a point at Wakehurst

Coagh's Sean Henegan takes control of the ball during Saturday's league clash with Portstewart at Hagan Park.INMM1115-397

Coagh's Sean Henegan takes control of the ball during Saturday's league clash with Portstewart at Hagan Park.INMM1115-397

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Coagh United as a Club will have to throw everything into this week’s match away to Ballymoney as the fight for survival goes to the wire.

Coagh head Ballymoney by six points and have a match in hand but a win for Ballymoney against Coagh this weekend will give them a chance of survival in a nail biting finish to Championship Two.

A win for Coagh does not secure them a place in next year’s Northern Ireland Football League but puts them into a play off place against whichever team fulfils the entry requirements.

On Saturday Coagh came from behind to secure a point through a Sean Heneghan headed goal, Coagh’s first in 505 minutes.

Ballymoney did much the same, they went 2-0 down against Banbridge but stormed back to take a 3-2 lead only to see an injury

time goal spoil their chance of closing the gap on Coagh.

This week’s match is the most important match in both club’s history of top flight football.

On Saturday Coagh piled on the pressure in the first half and should have taken a first half lead but Ian Todd missed a golden opportunity from Jamie Holmes pass.

In the second half Stuart Thornton’s slip gifted the ball to Andrew Loughran and a simple cross to Jordan Foster left him with a tap in to open their account.

Coagh looked nervous but finally got the break-through. Aaron Forrest supplied the cross from free kick, with Sean Heneghan ghosting in at the back post to head the vital goal.

Coagh survived the last fifteen as the home side pushed and pushed with Hassan making two vital saves.

This Saturday Coagh travel to Ballymoney for a 3pm start.

Coagh final fixtures of the season:

Saturday 18th April- Coagh v Dollingstown, 3pm; Tuesday 21st April- Coagh v Glebe, 6.45pm; Saturday 25th April- Coagh v Newington, 3pm; Saturday 2nd May- Newington v Coagh, 3pm.