Coagh United 3
A hat-trick of penalty kicks from front man Jason Gillespie was enough to see Coagh through to the last eight of the Intermediate Cup in a hard fought battle against amateur league side Immaculata.
Played at the Coagh Sports Centre, the home side made changes due to the unavailability of a number of players.
In for his debut came Dan Tysoe at centre half, Mark Taylor slotted into right back while Mattie Kempton started in midfield.
Aaron Thornton returned to the bench after a long layoff and it was good to see youth team player Mattie Wensley involved with the senior squad for the second week running.
The game started at a frantic pace with the visitors forcing the play. Tony Heagney had a half shot saved while Coagh’s new boy cleared Clarian Murray’s shot off the line.
Moments later Gary Largey rattled the cross bar as the visitors pushed for the opener.
Coagh had a few chances on the break before they were gifted the opener, Joel Bradley ran clear after good work from Gillespie and Moore but the visitors stopper caught Bradley giving the referee little option but to point to the spot.
Gerald Smith may have protested about the penalty but he was lucky to not get a booking, Jason Gillespie stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and give his side the advantage.
Immaculata piled on the pressure and came very close on 38 minutes after a James Haughey shot came off the up right. Coagh soaked up the pressure and came back into the match forcing three corners in as many minutes with Neil Slain clearing his line from Mattie Kempton’s corner kick.
The visitors finally broke Coagh down; a swathing attack down the right saw Clarian Murray find the net right at the break.
The visitor’s Billy McDonnell clipped the top of the cross bar at the start of the second half as both teams opened up looking for the winner.
Jason Gillespie and Craig Moore both missed early chances while Mattie Kempton shot over from a Moore corner kick.
At the other end it was more missed for Immaculata, Clarian Murray missed in front of an open goal while Barry Begley was guilty of the same, after an excellent cross from Colum O’Riordan.
Coagh finally got the break through on 84 minutes, a challenge on Jason Gillespie got the number 11 sent off.
Jason Gillespie repeated his first half spot kick to put Coagh ahead. The post came to Coagh’s rescue again after the restart, when Tony Heagney’s shot rattled the up right for the second time in the match.
Immaculata lost control after this having a number of players booked and when Steven Lamont was up ended in the box the writing was on the wall.
Jason Gillespie again took on the responsibility and for the third time in the match he sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot.
In summary it was good for Coagh to get a second win on the trot and a chance to use the depth of the full squad combined with an excellent debut for Dan Tysoe.
Coagh may be forced into a free week, Knockbreda’s cup match with Dollingstown was called off and is rescheduled for this week, so it’s a matter of wait and see if Coagh can get a fixture.
Coagh United; William Hassan, Mark Taylor, James Ferguson, David Calderwood, Daniel Tysoe, Steven Park, Joel Bradley,(Aaron Campbell) Mathew Kempton, Jason Gillespie, Craig Moore, Stephen Lamont, Aaron Thornton, Mathew Wensley.
Immaculata : Smith, D. Largey, G. Largey, Haughey S. McGovern, Heagney, Adams, Dorrian, McDonnell, Murray, Begley, Slane,
Referee: Alistair Burns (Portadown)