Larne FC 0
Coagh United 0
THREE Points from four matches is hardly the start Coagh wanted and for the second time in the League this season Coagh drew the match after missing a host of chances in front of goal in Saturday’s Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 match at Inver Park.
Coagh were down to the bare bones going into this match.
Out were strikers Jason Gillespie while Scott McCordick finally got to finish his three match suspension after being red carded against Limavady on the 11th August.
Also out were Colin Donaldson who has taken up employment in Spain, goalkeeper Johnny Yorke had work Commitments and Scott McGeown was at a wedding. Johnny Kempton came in to replace Yorke but he was rarely troubled,
Stephen Glasgow started at right back and the up and coming player gave another glowing performance as did Lee Hunter in the centre of the park along with Dallas, Beckett and Park. Coagh had two gilt edged chances in the first half while Larne’s best chances came in the second half.
After a scrappy start both sides settled down to play some attractive football with the home side forcing the first corner of the match. Larne had a half hearted penalty claim turned down before Coagh missed an excellent opportunity to take the lead but Campbell shot straight at the keeper.
The home side got a great break from a terrible deflection off Thornton but Workman shot wide in front of an open goal. Aaron Campbell had a second shot saved by Keenan in the home goal after a crafty ball from Clarke sent him clear. Ex Coagh player Ryan Berry, who now captains the Larne side, got in behind the Coagh back four but Kempton got down to make a rare save in the first half.
As the half petered out Clarke and Campbell combined well but Campbell’s shot clipped the wrong side of the upright and wide. A rare decision form the Referee saw Coagh halted in their tracks as he blew for half time.
Coagh had broken clear from a Larne corner and had four on two but the whistle stopped Coagh for a good goal scoring opportunity, a decision I have never seen in my time watching football.
The home started the second half with Scott Irvine replacing Simms and Simms was quickly into the action, feeding Divine but he shot well over. It was evident from the start of the second half that both sides wanted the points. While both sides played entertaining football they both were guilty at times of committing suicide as they pushed forward in the want of a goal. Simms again caused Coagh problems from the wing as he crossed to Berry but Calderwood blocked his shot and Glasgow cleared the loose ball.
Marcus Dallas, returned to the Coagh line up after representing his club and country in the Regions Cup, sent Steven Park clear with a clever ball from midfield, Park twisted and turned the home defence only to see his shot cleared off the line.
William Beckett had a long range shot turned over the bar by Keenan and moments later Campbell had his goal bound shot deflected out for a corner.
Coagh replaced Clarke with Taylor and Hunter with Neill in an effort to break the deadlock. Steven Park broke clear again and did well to make space for himself but as he tried to place the ball he shot wide off the target and another good chance was missed.
Larne were reduced to ten men with seven minutes to go after McAllister picked up two yellow cards in quick succession. Coagh were probably glad to see the player go off as he had caused them a few problems at the back.
The number 17 hit the side netting after coming on and then had put fellow sub Simms in twice but his ten minute stint ended after the Referee had judged him to have dived in the box which started a good friendly banter between the Coagh and Larne supporters.
Both teams continue to look for their first three points of the season but Coagh will again have to wait two weeks before they get back into League action.
This Saturday Coagh play at home in the Bob Radcliffe Cup against fellow Championship side Warrenpoint Town. Supporters should note that this match kicks off at 2-30pm.
Coagh Fixtures for the rest of September -
Sat 22nd Coagh v Warrenpoint Town 2-30pm; Sat 29th Sept Coagh v Dundela 3pm
Coagh United: Kempton, Glasgow, Thornton, Calderwood, Ferguson, Hunter (Neill), Park, Dallas, Campbell, Beckett, Clarke (Taylor) Spratt
Holmes on fire for Youth
Coagh Youth 5
A GOAL after just 56 seconds from Holmes was the start of an excellent performance from Coagh United Youth who were playing their first home match of the season against Newry side Damolly Youth.
The Coagh lads started on fire from kick off, with great foot work from Sam Taylor who found Reid, he played a super through ball to Holmes and when the Coagh player went one on one with the Damolly keeper the Coagh player made no mistake, putting the home side one up in 56 seconds.
The home team continued to dominate for the opening 20 minutes but failed to convert.
A piece of magic from Reid, released Holmes who blasted the ball into the corner of the net for his second of the match.
Coagh continued to pressure at the start of the second half and were awarded a free kick on the corner of the penalty area.
Reid composed himself to curl the ball into the top corner of the net, an excellent goal from the young player.
The Coagh lads battled hard but a lapse of concentration allowed Damolly space to convert and get back into the match. Conceding the goal inspired Coagh’s young charges to go in search of number four. Great work form Wensley and Sloan got Stephen Taylor clear to knock number four.
The home side were again punished with sloppy play. Coagh had pushed forward from a corner but the visitors broke quickly and with Coagh’s midfield nowhere to be seen, Damolly punished Coagh with a well taken goal.
From the restart Holmes was pushed in the penalty box, and the big man dusted himself down and converted for his third and seal his well deserved hat-trick.
Managers McKenzie and Reid added,’ this was a very tough game, the lads were super from kick off,’ star man, Jamie Holmes won this week’s Man of the match.
Coagh Youth: Cooper, Sloan, Richardson, McFetridge, Kane, Holmes, S Taylor, Reid, Wensley, S Taylor, Carson, Abbott, Cousley, Gibson, Holmes, Arrell.