Linfield await Coagh in last eight

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COAGH United sealed their place in the quarter finals of the Irish Cup with a stunning 4-1 victory over Newbuildings United at Hagan Park.

In front of a bumper crowd on Monday afternoon, Coagh dominated the tie and arguably should have scored more than the four they did convert.

Coagh co-manager Stephen Uprichard was ecstatic with the victory and admitted that everyone is looking forward to the Linfield tie.

“To be honest with you I wish I had not known who we were playing in the next round as it seemed to add quite a bit of pressure to the game.”

It took United two games to try and shake off the Londonderry outfit but Uprichard was delighted to progress and was extremely proud of his hard working charges.

“I thought the two games were two hard fought ties. For any of the smaller sides like ourselves and Newbuildings, to be in with a chance of reaching the quarter finals is superb. Getting to the last eight is a major achievement and facing Linfield is the icing on the cake.”

Coagh dominated the early stages of the tie as Scott and Gillespie failed to trouble Thornton in the Newbuildings goal.

Gillespie soon made up for his early miss as he slid the ball through to Park who slid the ball home to give the home side the lead.

Just like the first game, a goal was conceded almost straight from the kick off. Ricki Lee Doughtery pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box and thundered the ball past the static Yorke in the Coagh goal.

Former Ballinamallard United front man Gillespie was proving to be a thorn in the side of the Newbuildings rearguard as he led the line superbly.

Newbuildings were relying on counter attacks and Doughtery was proving to be a real handful for Calderwood and Thornton.

Just before the half time whistle Scott delivered with pinpoint accuracy from a corner and Gillespie got up and thundered a header in past Thornton.

It was end to end stuff and Newbuidlings could have went in level if Aaron Thornton wasn’t on his toes. Calderwood misplaced his back pass and Yorke was left scrambling across his goal. Thornton got back in time to clear the danger.

The next goal in the tie was going to prove crucial and Coagh came out for the second half with all guns blazing.

Campbell saw his header tipped round the post as Coagh went in search of a third. Newbuildings made a raft of changes as they went in search of an equaliser. However, it was the home side who grabbed a crucial third. Campbell latched onto a through ball and cut inside and saw his effort deflect off a Newbuildings defender past Thornton to make it 3-1.

The best chance of the second half for the away side fell to the talismatic Dougherty, who saw his effort saved spectacularly by Yorke. Somehow the officials failed to spot the fine save and awarded a goal kick.

Coagh’s place in the last eight was sealed when Clarke was upended in the box and Gillespie slotted home to grab his second and make it 4-1.

One of the major talking points of the last few minutes was the sending off Moore. The Newbuildings centre half accidentally clashed heads with a Coagh player and was bloodied from the incident. Newbuildings proceeded to play on and Moore vented his frustration at whistler Andrew Davey with a tirade of verbal abuse. The Bangor official had no other choice but to dismiss the centre half.

Coagh will now move onto the last eight of the competition where they will face Linfield at Windsor Park. Linfield legend Noel Bailie was an interested spectator at Hagan Park and he will be reporting back to David Jeffrey on what was an impressive Coagh performance.