Gulf in class too much for locals

LOCAL Irish League trio, Coagh United, Killymoon Rangers and Tobermore United all exited the Irn-Bru League Cup at the hands of senior opposition on Tuesday evening.

It was a tough evening for all of the local sides who struggled to compete against their illustrious Premier League opponents.

Tobermore United were defeated 2-0 by holders Lisburn Distillery at Ballyskeagh. The home side took the lead with only ten minutes gone in the tie. Gary Thompson latched onto a clever pass from Neal Gawley and smashed home past the helpless Sammy Foster. Shortly before the half time interval the home side scored a second. Gary Liggett pounced on a long ball over the top and drilled the ball pas the on rushing Foster.

The Fortwilliam Park side recovered well in the second half and kept a clean sheet in the second half. However, Foster still had to be on top form to keep the scores at 2-0.

Coagh United found the going tough at Mourneview Park as Glenavon smashed ten goals past the Championship 2 side. Former Celtic trainee Diarmuid O’Carroll bagged himself an incredible six goals. The gulf in class proved too much for United, who will now be looking to put the result behind them and focus their attentions on their next league fixture against Wakehurst on Saturday.

Killymoon Rangers conceded seven goals at the Oval as Glentoran sealed their place in the third round. Busier of the two keepers was McElhatton, who was making his debut for Rangers. The stopper had a superb game and made some impressive saves but could do little to prevent seven Glentoran goals.

Tobermore return to league action on Friday evening when they travel to Lakeview Park to take on Loughall. 7.45 pm kick off.

Coagh United face Wakehurst at Hagan Park on Saturday afternoon with a 3pm kick off. Killymoon face Camlough Rovers in the second round of the Belfast Telegraph, Bob Radcliffe Cup. Kick off at the MUSA is at 3pm.