Welcome victory gets Coagh off and running

CELEBRATION... Coagh's Scott McCordick celebrates after putting his side 2 goals up for the good during last Saturday's league clash with Bangor.INMM4112-351SR
CELEBRATION... Coagh's Scott McCordick celebrates after putting his side 2 goals up for the good during last Saturday's league clash with Bangor.INMM4112-351SR

Coagh United 3

Bangor FC 1

COAGH United got the monkey off their back with their first League win of the season at Hagan Park.

In a re-arranged fixture, Bangor travelled to Coagh also looking for their first win of the season but after a good start from both sides Coagh took the advantage with two first half goals which saw the Seasider’s go in at half time 2-0 down.

Bangor got a goal back in the early stages of the second half courtesy of an own goal but a first class third goal from Coagh killed off the game and Coagh bagged a well deserved three points. Coagh will now be hoping to take this form to New Grosvenor Stadium for their next game against Lisburn Distillery on Tuesday night, 9th October in the IRN-BRU League Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).

On Saturday both teams came out of the blocks quickly, that quickly that Aaron Campbell and Bangor Ryan Mann accidently ran head on into each other right from the whistle but lucky after treatment both players were able to continue after this bazaar incident.

Bangor’s Chris Shimmon went just wide after four minutes from the restart while Aaron Campbell under pressure from the keeper was very unlucky to see his shot go just over.

The Coagh forward was frustrated again by the Bangor defence after Coagh’s Park, McGeown and Clarke linked well to set up the forward but Watterson got out to make the block and the shot diverted wide. The game was on fire at this stage, the visitors David Wright volleyed just wide while Shimmon again failed to hit the target. Coagh finally broke the deadlock on 23 minutes.

Marcus Dallas and Scott McGeown did the spade work to get the ball over to William Beckett, his shot rattled off the low side of the post with Glen Clarke on hand to tap the ball over the line.

Two minutes later it was advantage to Coagh, another wave of pressure from the Hagan Park side saw Scott McCordick get behind the Bangor defence to score Coagh’s second from a very tight angle.

In the second half the visitors brought on Ryan Murphy and Chris Middleton and went on full assault on the Coagh goal looking for goals. Coagh’s stopper Johnny Kempton, making his second appearance of the season kept his sheet clean but Kempton could do nothing when Thomas Lambe’s header took a wicked deflection off James Ferguson and into the net on 53 minutes.

Bangor bombarded the Coagh back line but failed to break through. Coagh finally sewed up the match with the goal of the match. Scott McCordick supplied the cross for James Ferguson to blast the ball home from just outside the penalty box.

Coagh brought on Jason Gillespie, Mark Taylor, and Barry Anderson. Gillespie did have the ball in the net but was ruled off side and it was the same for Bangor’s David Wright near the end of the match. Coagh did enough and bagged all three points with an excellent performance from all involved.

On Tuesday night Coagh travel to the New Grosvenor Stadium to play Lisburn Distillery in the IRN-BRU League Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).

On Saturday Coagh are at home to HW Welders at Hagan Park, kick off 3pm

Coagh: Kempton, Thornton, Calderwood, Ferguson, McCordick, Park, Dallas,(Taylor) Campbell, Gillespie), Beckett, Clarke (Anderson), Hunter.