Replay beckons for gutsy Coagh

HEADS UP... Coagh's Aaron Thornton is out jumped by a Loughgall forward during last Saturday's Irish Cup tie at Hagan Park.mm03-325sr Picture : SIMON ROBINSON.

HEADS UP... Coagh's Aaron Thornton is out jumped by a Loughgall forward during last Saturday's Irish Cup tie at Hagan Park.mm03-325sr Picture : SIMON ROBINSON.

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Coagh United 2 Loughgall 2

LOUGHGALL and Coagh United have to do battle again to determine who progresses to the JJB Sports Irish Cup 6th round, where the winner will face Newbuildings United at home.

In the first half Loughgall over ran Coagh but failed to break down Coagh’s hard working back line but both teams opened up in the second half and it turned into a thriller for all those watching. Coagh had new signing Dale Noble on the bench. The Fivemiletown lad, signed from Dungannon Swifts to the end of the season, will give the Coagh management an extra dimension up front.

Coagh’s inspirational captain Steven Hawe also returned to the Coagh squad for this match. Steven has been out from November with an ankle injury and his return will be a timely boost to the Hagan Park squad for the run in. Coagh management have also added Mark McMemeny to their coaching squad, Mark had a serious leg break over a year ago but now back on his feet, the popular player adds a wealth of experience to the Coagh back room staff.

The home side looked very nervous as Loughgall piled on the pressure in the first half hour of this match. The visitors racked up seven corners and a couple of free kicks but just could not break down the home defence led by David Calderwood.

Doyle, Malone. Keenan and Hawthorne all missed good chances at the village end, if it was not cleared; Coagh’s Johnny Yorke made the save to frustrate the visitors. Coagh gradually came into the game and opened up the visitors but King got back to block Steven Parks shot.

Coagh’s Campbell, Gillespie and Scott had shots just wide off the post while Robinson saved twice from Donaldson and Clarke. On 42 minutes the best chance of the match so far fell to Paul Keenan but the ex Newry striker shot well wide with the goal at his mercy. Just before the break Loughgall lost Neill King through injury. The Centre back turned awkwardly and was stretchered off.Chris Hull replaced the unlucky King at the back.

Coagh started the second half with a mission, Glenn Clarke broke clear but Jason Gillespie just could not finish his excellent cross. Loughgall stopper came into action, saving from an Aaron Campbell header but Robinson could do little to stop Mark Scott’s opener, Robinson made the save from Campbell but Scott was on hand to blast home from close range. Five minutes later the Galls were level.

A long inviting cross saw David Hawthorne rise above the Coagh defence to lob home past Yorke. Hawthorne’s goal was the first anyone had put past Yorke since the 19th November. Three minutes later the visitors were in control after Paul Keenan volleyed home. Straight away Coagh made three changes, on came new signing Dale Noble, with Johnny Black and Steven Hawe.

Aaron Campbell, Mark Scott and Glenn Clarke made way for the Coagh three. Noble went straight into action shooting over; Johnny Black could have levelled but just could not get his shot away inside Loughgall crowded penalty area. Steven Park’s shot rebounded off Black but moments later Black finally got the ball in the net from a clever Colin Donaldson pass. Near the end Coagh and Loughgall had chances to take the tie.

An excellent free from Colin Donaldson was just tipped over by Robinson while at the other end Johnny Yorke saved well from Steven Ferguson. Level at the end means both teams will have to do it all over again. The replay will take place on Tuesday 24th January at Lakeview Park, Loughgall. Kick-off – 7.45pm.

Coagh’s bread and butter continues this Saturday at Hagan Park when they entertain Knockbreda at Hagan Park. Knockbreda are on a run at the moment and will not be pushed over in their quest for the title. Kick off Hagan Park 2pm.

Coagh United would like to thank their Match and Ball Sponsor: New Golden Future Chinese, Coagh

Coagh United FC

1. Johnny Yorke 2. Scott McGeown 5. James Ferguson 4. David Calderwood 3. Aaron Thornton 6. Steven Park 10. Mark Scott 8. Colin Donaldson 9. Jason Gillespie 11.Glenn Clarke 7. Aaron Campbell. Subs: Johnny Black/ Campbell, Barry Anderson, Steven Hawe/Clarke

Loughgall

1.Mark Robinson, 2. Gregg Hall 11. Jeff Brady 5. Neill King 19. Mark Stewart 7. Dale Malone 14. Steven Ferguson (C) 8. David Hawthorne 16. Stephen Doyle 6. Alan Emerson 9. Paul Keenan Subs: 5. Chris Hull/Neil King 12. John Guy 3. Mark Carson GK Symon Ferguson

Referee: A. Davey, T. Sharkey, J. McElholm