Football: Late Johnson strike seals victory for Coagh Reserves

Coagh Utd reserves James Ferguson's attack is cut out by a Rathfriland defender during Saturday's league clash at Coagh Sports Centre.INMM1415-390
Coagh Utd reserves James Ferguson's attack is cut out by a Rathfriland defender during Saturday's league clash at Coagh Sports Centre.INMM1415-390
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Coagh United Reserves 2 Rathfriland Swifts 1

Coagh Reserves followed up last week’s win with a good performance against third placed Rathfriland.

Coagh Utd reserves  get a shot off on goal during Saturday's league encounter with Rathfriland at Coagh Sports Centre.INMM1415-388

Coagh Utd reserves get a shot off on goal during Saturday's league encounter with Rathfriland at Coagh Sports Centre.INMM1415-388

The game started at a frantic pace as Coagh looked up for it from the start.

Chances fell to Creighton, Ferguson and Gates, Coagh thought they’d taken the lead on 27 minutes when McCammon’s run and shot from the edge of the box came back off the post while moments later Ferguson was adjudged to be off side when through on

goal.

Coagh’s solid start limited Rathfriland to very few chances as Reid, Ferson and Lees where dealing with anything thrown at them.

Coagh started the second half looking the more likely to score, after a spell of sustained pressure involving three corners, they were denied by two goal line clearances.

As Coagh pushed for the win they were dealt a massive blow on 72 minutes when a free kick on the right was played into the Coagh box and the Swifts midfielder headed past Longhurst to give the visitors the lead.

The home side replaced S Ramsey with Jonny Johnson as they tried to get something from the game and on 79 minutes it was 1-1.

Simon Gates cross into the box from the left which evaded everyone including the Rathfriland keeper for a goal.

With ten minutes to go Coagh pushed for the winner. Lee Waterson replaced Creighton, and just five minutes later he set up the winner.

McCammon’s pass found Waterson on the edge of the box; his first time flick released Johnson who fired past the visiting keeper from close range.

This result sees Coagh only four points behind leaders Armagh in the League.

Next Saturday 11th April Coagh travel to Banbridge to take on Banbridge Rangers at 2.15pm

Coagh United Reserves: Longhurst, Reid, Lees, Ferson, Gates, Watson, McCammon, S Ramsey, Ferguson, Creighton, G Ramsey, Johnson, Waterson, Mitchell.