Football: Coagh United secure draw with high flying Institute

CONGRATES... Coagh's Aaron Thornton congratulates Jason Gillespie after he put his side 2-1 up during last Saturday's Intermediate Cup clash with Derriaghy CC at Hagan Park.INMM5113-367SR
CONGRATES... Coagh's Aaron Thornton congratulates Jason Gillespie after he put his side 2-1 up during last Saturday's Intermediate Cup clash with Derriaghy CC at Hagan Park.INMM5113-367SR
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High flying Institute had to settle for a draw at Hagan Park on Saturday as a new looking Coagh side at the weekend.

The home side paraded new signings’ Craig Moore and Stuart Glasgow both on loan from Colerine to the end of the season.

Institute started former Derry City forward Stephen O’Flynn, while new signings’ Stephen and Dean Curry started on the bench.

The match started at a frantic pace with the visitors pushing for an early goal but it was the home side that missed an early opportunity to go ahead. New signing Craig Moore slipped a defender to send Lamont on his way for a one on one with Doherty winning the challenge and the chance was lost.

O’Flynn again shot wide for the visitors before Coagh’s stopper William Hassan made a point blank reaction save from Michael McCrudden.

Steven Park and Stuart Glasgow linked to get Campbell free but the ball ran out of Campbell’s reach leaving Doherty an easy save.

New man Stuart Glasgow showed an extra skill with an on target free kick after Lamont was tumbled over just outside the box. The final chance of the half fell to Stephen O’Flynn, the forward rounded the keeper but fell over before making the shot, Stephen Glasgow cleared his line to take in a nil- nil score at the break.

Coagh’s William Hassin made another good stop diving low to his right from an Aaron Walsh shot at the start of the second half while Stephen O’Flynn shot wide from a McCrudden pass. While the visitors looked to have camped in the home half, Coagh took advantage with a series of breaks.

The first came after seven minutes, Aaron Campbell broke wide to feed Steven Park, he eluded Steven O’Neill to send Steven Lamont free but a super save from Doughty saved the Stutes blushes. Coagh were on a roll, Lamont missed an over head while Park’s shot was deflected for a corner.

The visitors pushed Coagh back forcing another three corners on 64 minutes they finally broke down the Coagh defence after O’Flynn bundled the ball over the line. Coagh stormed back from the restart. A pin point pass from Marcus Dallas saw Steven Lamont run and lob the advancing keeper a minute later.

From the restart Stute again bombarded the Coagh defence but Scott McGeown, Stephen Glasgow & Matthew Young led by Captain David Calderwood was having none of it. Darren McCauley had a couple of shots near the end but Coagh has done enough to secure a valuable point and with a little bit of luck it could have been three.

Coagh: William Hassan, Mathew Young, Scott McGeown, David Calderwood, Stephen Glasgow, Stuart Glasgow, Steven Park, Marcus Dallas, Aaron Campbell,(Mathew Kempton) Craig Moore, Stephen Lamont, Mark Taylor, William Ferguson.

Institute: Michael Doherty, Graham Crown, Colum McLaughlin (D McKeever), Stephen O’Neill, Paddy McLaughlin, Ryan Varma (Tom Carlin), Darren McCauley, Darren Walsh, Stephen Parkhouse (Stephen Curry), Michael McCrudden, Stephen O’Flynn, Dean Curry, Gary Henderson.

Referee: L Tavinder, D Martin, J McClenaghan.