Coagh see off Glentoran challenge

Coagh United 2 Glentoran II 0

CONGRATULATIONS should go to the Coagh ground staff who worked tirelessly this week to make sure this match went ahead. The heavy rain took its toll on the Hagan Park pitch but the Ground staff persevered right up to kick off to make sure there would be no cancellation.

The ground staff will have to do it all over again this week to make sure Coagh’s Irish cup match against Loughgall goes ahead.

On Saturday Coagh welcomed Conor Marlin’s charges to Hagan Park. Conor played for Coagh a number of years ago and is now involved with the back room staff at Glentoran. The young Glens came to Coagh full of confidence but a second half penalty changed the game into Coagh’s favour.

The match started with Johnny Black shooting wide of the post and moments later Aaron Hogg spilled James Ferguson as the home side piled on the pressure. On the counter Garrett came close from the first free of the match and McIlveen had a double chance blocked twice by the Coagh defence. As the game moved from end to end both teams were guilty of missing good chances.

Aaron Hogg and Coagh’s Johnny Yorke both came into action, Hogg saved from Black and as quick as you could blink Yorke cleared under pressure from McComb. Frustrating for both teams was the continuous whistling by the referee for soft fouls but in his defence Gerry Clucas was well on top of all the offsides blown. As the half faded out Black missed from a Clarke cross and Cherry came close for Glentoran but Yorke and Thornton combined to get the ball clear.

The second half started with Aaron Hogg saving well from Colin Donaldson. Kyle Cherry had a double shot blocked and then shot over from close range. The visitors made their first change with Robert Lee Crawford making way for Owen Thompson. On 58 minutes Coagh finally opened their account. Steven Park weaved his way into the box but was brought down by the Glens Captain Willie Garrett. Jason Gillespie kept his cool after being told to re spot the ball to send Hogg the wrong way.

The home side lost Marcus Dallas to a second bookable offence. The unlucky Dallas got his second yellow and will now miss next week’s big game against Loughgall. This did not faze the home side and they quickly regrouped. Aaron Campbell came on as the lone striker for Johnny Black while Mark Scott added to the Coagh midfield replacing Jason Gillespie. It was all over for the Glens on 80 minutes. A route one clearance from Johnny Yorke was coolly dispatched by Aaron Campbell. On 90+3 Glentoran’s, Colum Curtis missed the best chance of the game but the number 12 shot over with the goal at his mercy.

It’s all football at Coagh this Saturday as Loughgall invade Coagh looking for a double. At Noon at Coagh Sports Centre, Coagh United Res take on Loughgall Res in a top of the table clash in the Mid Ulster Reserve Championship.

In the Irish Cup at 2pm, Coagh United will take on Loughgall FC at Hagan Park which is always a thrilling affair. Both teams have already met this season in the Radcliffe Cup when Loughgall won the match with a late second half penalty kick. These two games are not to be missed.

Coagh: Johnny Yorke, Scott McGeown, James Ferguson, David Calderwood, Colin Donaldson, Steven Park, Marcus Dallas, Aaron Thornton, Jason Gillespie (Aaron Campbell) Glen Clarke. Johnny Black (Mark Scott) Steven Hawe, Barry Anderson.

Glentoran: Aaron Hogg, Jamie McGovern, Robert Lee Crawford, (Capt) Willie Garrett, Calum Birney, Kyle Cherry, Samuel McIlveen, Eamon Murray, Mathew Johnston, Karl McComb, Owam Beggs, Colum Curtis, Owen Thompson, John McGuigan, Steven McConnell.

Referee: Mr G Clucas, Dungannon.