Football: Coagh advance in Intermediate Cup

Coagh's Matthew Kempton breaks up a Lurgan Celtic attack during Satuardy's Intermediate cup clash at Coagh Sports Centre
Coagh's Matthew Kempton breaks up a Lurgan Celtic attack during Satuardy's Intermediate cup clash at Coagh Sports Centre

Coagh United 4-2 Lurgan Celtic

Coagh United have made it in to the last 16 of the Intermediate Cup and now have a home tie this week against Amateur League side Immaculata.

This was the third attempt by both Coagh and Lurgan in playing this match in the last three weeks and it could have been four only for an agreement by both teams to move the match to Coagh Sports Centre.

Coagh stormed into the lead after ten minutes, James Ferguson combined with Mattie Kempton to feed Lamont. The forward swivelled to score past Ciaran Rooney who was wrong footed.

Coagh stopper William Hassin had to be at his best from the restart, first he saved from Conor Forker and then Fitzpatrick. Coagh’s second came via the penalty spot.

Seasoned campaigner Johnny Montgomery’s push on Jason Gillespie gave the referee little option but to award the kick. With Montgomery going into the referee’s book, Jason Gillespie stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way.

Celtic took the game to Coagh but just failed to make the breakthrough. Coagh’s third came from good passing football,

Craig Moore broke clear on the left, looking up he picked out Stephen Lamont with a pin point pass and Lamont headed home a third.

Some of the home players may have thought this was job done and slack marking and poor defending out of the middle of the park allowed the visitors back into the game.

Michael Toland picked up on Coagh’s mistake to pull a goal back on 37 minutes. After the restart Coagh lost Stephen Glasgow, the centre half who was feeling unwell before kickoff had to be replaced by Mark Taylor.

This meant a reshuffle in the Coagh back four, utility players James Ferguson and Matthew Young switched positions to allow Mark Taylor to fill into the right back slot.

On 45 minutes Joel Bradley scored his first goal in a Coagh shirt, Jason Gillespie did the spade work for the Coleraine man to score from close range.

The second half belonged to Lurgan Celtic and when they scored with ten minutes to go it was game on.

Raymond Fitzpatrick got the all important goal from one of six corner kicks they forced in the second half. The home side rallied after this scare and it took an excellent save from Mattie Kempton’s shot to keep them in the match.

Coagh United: William Hassan, Mathew Young, James Ferguson, David Calderwood, Stephen Glasgow (Mark Taylor) Steven Park, Joel Bradley, Mathew Kempton, Jason Gillespie (William Ferguson), Craig Moore, Stephen Lamont, Mathew Wensley.

Lurgan Celtic: Ciaran Rooney, Chris Coleman, Caolan Campbell, Shane McCabe, Johnny Montgomery, Conor McAnallan, Jason Rodgers, Ronan O’Hara, Raymond Fitzpatrick, Conor Forker, Michael Toland, John Cochrane, Caolan Lavery.

Referee: William McCahon (Dromore, Down)