Coalisland on fire as they come back to beat Enniskillen Town

Coalisland Athletic FC
Coalisland Athletic FC

Dungannon Rovers 2 Dungannon Tigers 1

Dungannon Tigers were very disappointed to come away with nothing from their derby game with Dungnnon Rovers at the White City on Saturday.

The whole game was a tense affair with both sides looking to limit the amount of mistakes they made in order to stop the other side taking a foothold in the match.

Ruthless Rovers may only have had two shots on target but they managed to score both after mistakes from the Tigers goalkeeper.

The Tigers didn’t help themselves in the first half and for the most part were sluggish and found it hard to cope with the difficult underfoot conditions. Rovers were looking dangerous especially down the right side with Filipe Cabral on top form.

It was Rovers who, from a 30 yard free kick, took the lead courtesy of Lee Maguire. The Tigers were unresponsive to this set back with Rovers goalkeeper Micky Hand rarely called upon.

The second half was a different story and right from the referee’s whistle the Tigers began to get in behind the Rovers defence. Sean Anthony Burns was unlucky with a snap shot and a header from a Nathan Martin corner.

Top scorer Brian Somerville found himself one-on-one with the keeper minutes later after a sublime reverse pass from Conor McBride, but Hand smothered it when perhaps Somerville may have elected to chip the advancing keeper.

As the game wore on, it was all Tigers pressure as the Rovers sat back trying to hold on to their narrow lead and attempting to hit Tigers on the break. Disaster struck for the Tigers when a shot from Rovers’ Carlos Alexandre somehow managed to wriggle under the Tigers netminder to make it 2-0 with seconds remaining.

Patterson could have put the game beyond any doubt on 85 minutes when he robbed the keeper near the bye line but he side footed it wide with the goal at his mercy.

Tigers scored soon after when Gareth Devlin scored his 14th goal of the season but it was all too little to late.

A very good second half performance for the Tigers but its a game they will want to forget and put right this week when they play Portadown BBOB for a place in the last sixteen of the Mid Ulster Shield.

This was a better performance from the Rovers in terms of workrate, discipline and desire and if they bring these traits into the remaining matches more points will follow.

Dungannon Rovers Reserves bounced back from their defeat last week to record a great 4-2 win against Armagh Blues Reserves with the goals coming from Mark Kerr, Alcides Ferriera, Kevin Grimley and Tommy Cardwell.

Training continues at the White City on Wednesday from 7-830.

Enniskillen Town United 2

Coalisland Athletic 4

Coalisland Athletic made the long trip up to Enniskillen in the Junior Cup and what a performance it turned out to be from the entire team!

The game started with Enniskillen putting Coalisland on the back foot and within minutes they were ahead when Coalisland failed to clear, allowing an Enniskillen forward in to shoot.

Enniskillen were dictating the pace and went 2-0 up when two Coalisland defenders went for the same ball, richocheting to one of the Fermanagh men who shot past the keeper.

This wasn’t the start Coalisland had envisioned but it spurred them on and they duly took control of the game.

With 15 minutes gone, Coalisland pulled a goal back when Colm Doris picked the ball up in midfield he ran forward and played it to Joe McKee who fired a rocket of a shot into the top corner. This gave Coalisland heart as they began to push Enniskillen onto the backfoot.

Coalisland equalised ten minutes later when Colm Doris played it down the line to McKee. His header went across goal where it was met by Shane Coney who slid it into the net and bring the game level.

Coalisland were playing great football and should have been in front when Paul Coney found Declan Coney. He played it over the defence to Colm Doris who was up-ended in the box. Doris took the resultant penalty himself only to find his standing foot slip as he struck the ball with the attempt sailing over the bar.

With five minutes left of the half Coalisland went in front for the first time when Paul Coney played a fifty yard pass to Gary Coney. He fired it across the box where McKee met it and fired it into the opposite corner to make it 2-3.

Coalisland started the half better and earned a free kick down the left. Colm Doris took the kick which was right on the touchline about 30 yards out and unbelievably shot straight into the top corner of the net giving the keeper no chance.

Coalisland had picked the pace up and should have been further ahead when Plunkett Kane shot wide twice in quick sucession.

The game should have been well and truly over and it began to look like shooting practice for Coalisland, but time after time the ball sailed wide or over the bar.

With only minutes left Grimley had another chance but instead of shooting he played it to McKee who had to stretch and shot wide.

This was a great scalp for Coalisland as Enniskillen had been beaten only once this year in the Fermanagh League and were favourites to go through to the next round. But Coalisland on their day are a match for any team that they come up against

This week Coalisland are away in the Mid-Ulster Shield against Glenavy.

Coalisland Reserves were away to Richhill in the O’Hara Cup and without seven regulars due to GAA committments were beaten 4-1.

This week the Reserves are at home to Scarva Rangers in the league.


Our last man standing fundraiser is down to the final seven after only 4 weeks: Alison Shilliday, John Morrison, Peter Devlin, Jason Agg, Shane m Gie, Gareth Hughes and Keith Irvine. Team selections for next weekend MUST be in by 9pm on Friday evening. Please email team to or text to 07867 877 687.

There are tickets available for United’s home league games against Newcastle on Dec 26th and WBA on Dec 29th. A trip to the theatre of dreams would make an ideal christmas present for a friend or family member.

The club are running a coach trip to the Sunderland game and anyone who wishes to go please contact Ian Hall or any committee member. The coach will leave Dungannon on Friday 14th December and will return on Sunday 16th. £80 secures your seat.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday November 29 at 8pm at Swifts clubrooms.