Coagh ease through to second round

Portstewart 1 Coagh United 4

COAGH waltzed through the first round of the League Cup after an excellent second half display against a resilient Portstewart side at Mullaghacall Park.

Coagh United had to make the long trip to Portstewart on Tuesday Night for 6-15pm start after the Irish Football Association surprised clubs with a Tuesday night draw and those Clubs without lights had to kick off at 6-15pm.

In today’s climate getting players the time off work or even to have to take a half day, left teams struggling to get a team together for such an early kick-off. Irn-Bru, who have kindly agreed to sponsor this competition, deserve better, they deserve to see all teams at full strength and playing good competitive football.

With most of the Coagh team arriving late they had little or no warm up time before the kick off and this lack of preparation showed in the first half as Coagh struggled with their game early on but managed to keep the scores level in a scrappy first half.

Having the chance to regroup at the half time interval, Coagh took the second half by storm but only after Portstewart had went into an early lead. A free kick by James McLaughlin went under the wall and into the net for the opener, a goal Johnny Yorke will be disappointed with.

From the restart, Coagh’s Aaron Campbell had a shot cleared off the line before the home side were reduced to ten. A second bookable offence saw Owen Peden red carded. From the free kick Scott McGeown broke down the right, his cross found Stephen Lamont who rattled the ball off the cross bar and into the net.

Coagh took advantage of the extra man and moments later it was 2-1. Scott McGeown again supplied the cross for Aaron Campbell to slot home.

Coagh brought on Gillespie, Young and Scott as they went all out for the win and it was game over when the Coagh midfield conjured up another attack for Campbell to score his second. Near the end Coagh’s Johnny Yorke made a couple of good saves to keep Coagh in the match but man of the match Scott McGeown made sure the match was over when his excellent cross found the head of Ally Young for Coagh’s fourth.

Coagh; Yorke, McGeown, Thornton, Calderwood, Park, Lamont, Donaldson, Ferguson, Campbell, Gillespie, Young, Scott.

Portstewart; Maddison, White, Bradley, McAlister, Nicholl, Todd, Peden, A. Todd, McLaughlin, McGee, Quinn, Hanna

Referee Mr S Wallace. Mr J. McNabb, Mr Larkin