Reserves have first preseason victory

A tussle for the ball as Coagh United take on Orangefiled in a pre-season friendly at Hagan Park. INMM3013-162ar.
A tussle for the ball as Coagh United take on Orangefiled in a pre-season friendly at Hagan Park. INMM3013-162ar.
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Coagh Reserves got their pre-season preparations off to a winning start on a difficult Mill Park pitch in Tobermore.

Coagh took the lead early in the game with a strike from Jordan Stinson.

The home side were back on level terms moments later from a fine finish from a Tobermore forward.

In a scrappy first half Coagh regained the lead through Jamie Holmes only to find themselves 3-2 down at the interval after giving away two soft goals.

Coagh improved in the second half, moving the ball better and creating more chances.

Jonny Johnson had a good chance inside the first five minutes of the half, Coagh got their reward when Andrew Creighton equalised and then crossed for Holmes who finished well at the back post to give Coagh the win.

With 4-5 players missing and 4 youth players playing their part, Coagh made an encouraging start to pre-season and hope to build on this.

Coagh then took on Orangefield Reserves and put in an excellent first half performance to lead 3-1 at the break against a strong Belfast side.

However, the Orangefield team turned things around in the soaring heat to win the match by4-3.

After the match Reserve team manager Chris Leacock was upbeat.

“We had an excellent first half but today we used a lot of players especially in the second half,” he said.

“With five youth team players used throughout in looks well for the future.

“Our next match is on Saturday 27th July against Moneyslane Res 2-15pm kick off.”