Coagh United 2 Derriaghy CCFC 1
It may have taken 660 minutes for Coagh to get a win and this win may not have been pretty at times but the Hagan Park outfit held onto their game plan and eventually came out winners.
On the down side Steven Lamont and James Ferguson both limped off giving a worry before the visit of 2nd placed Bangor this Saturday.
Coagh started the match well on the back foot with Marc Fell forcing the first corner of the match. The visitors Garth Scott and William Elliott both had missed chances before Aaron Campbell broke clear only to shoot into the keeper arms.
Jordon Baker nearly made the breakthrough but David Calderwood made a last minute clean tackle to clear the danger. Moments later John Rosbotham shot wide after turning inside the Coagh defence. Coagh finally got into the match through Campbell who forced the home side’s first corner and it took a last minute tackle from Marc Fell to stop Campbell inside the penalty box.
Coagh started to make inroads with slick passing but when Lamont broke clear he was mowed down by Sam McFaul who took the first booking of the match. Steven Lamont never recovered from this tackle and was off to visit A and E. Jamie Tomelty replaced the injured player.
Coagh continued to press but just could not find the final shot. It was much the same for the visitors in difficult conditions but with a strong Referee in the middle both teams showed quality in the wind and rain.
Near the end Coagh lost their second player through injury with James Spitfire Ferguson making way for Mathew Kempton.
Aaron Campbell hit the side netting while the visitors William Elliott missed the target. The last chance of the half fell to Coagh’s Jason Gillespie. Mattie Kempton’s shot was fumbled by the keeper, Gillespie picked up the rebound round Bothwell but ran out of room to get his shot in.
The visitors forced two corners at the start of the second half but it was the home side that finally broke the deadlock on 57 minutes.
Coagh’s Steven Park wearing only what could be described as snow boots hit a twenty yard shot which the visitors could only fumble.
Aaron Campbell was on hand to slam Coagh’s first goal in from close range. It was back to the wall for Coagh as the visitors forced four more corners and they got back on level terms after a gifted ball to Garth Scott was rifled into the top corner of the net. Four minutes later Coagh were back on top.
Aaron Campbell chased down a long ball to get a last minute cross into Gillespie who headed home. Derriaghy looked for every ball and every foul but Coagh’s back line held firm for that all important win that put Coagh in the hat for the next round.
Coagh United: William Hassan, Scott McGeown, Aaron Thornton, David Calderwood, James Ferguson( Mathew Kempton), Stephen Glasgow, Steven Park, Aaron Campbell (William Ferguson) Jason Gillespie, Mathew Young, Stephen Lamont (Jamie Tomelty) Barry Anderson, Mark Taylor.
Derriaghy CC FC: Karl Bothwell, Marc Fell, Sam McNeal, Mathew McKinstry, William Elliott, Kyle Friars, Connor Stronge, Aaron Baker, Jordon Baker, Garth Scott, John Rosbotham, Andrew Rosbotham, Aaron Burke, Marc Robinson
Referee: Declan Grimes, Omagh.
This week Coagh play Bangor at home, kick off at Hagan Park is 2pm. Coagh United FC wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Coagh United Youth, please note, Thursday night youth football has now finished until the New Year.