Coagh Reserves storm back from two goals down to beat Tandragee in eleven goal thriller

Tandragee Rovers Res 4

Coagh United Res 7

Coagh travelled to Portadown on Saturday in what turned out to be a roller coaster of a game.

After only 12 minutes Coagh found themselves two goals down and struggling to get any sort of grip on the game. This forced Coagh into a change of tactics with Stephen Ramsey being sacrificed for Bill Lees to put an extra body in midfield.

The home side conceded soon after with Thornton’s cross evading everyone to drop in at the back post and after 35 mins it was 2-2, Jamie Holmes cross was diverted in by a home defender.

Jordan Stinson had a good chance on 42 min to put Coagh ahead but for a goal line clearance.

Tandragee regained the lead at the start of the half, after forcing a corner the home striker nodded in at the back post.It was soon to be 4-2 when the Tandragee Captain fired home from 20 yards.

Coagh now had an uphill task to stay in the Cup and replaced Stinson and Holmes with Johnson and Graham. On 61 mins the two subs combined for Johnson to finish from Graham’s cut back. 5 mins later it was 4-4, Smyth’s corner was rifled into the box by Thornton and the veteran Creighton turned in. Coagh now looked the livelier, with Gates impressive in midfield; Coagh took the lead for the first time and again it was the old boy Creighton who showed how it was done with a good finish. Lee Smyth got in on the act with a brace to secure Coagh’s passage to the 2nd round, the first coming from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the box. Coagh will feel relieved with the win today but know they’ll need to improve when they return to League action this Saturday against new boys Valley Rangers Res at Coagh Sports Centre, 2:15pm.

Coagh Youth had an excellent 6-0 win in their new strip kindly sponsored by Mr Keith Boyd. At the time of going to press this week’s fixture was not confirmed