Football: Coagh continue battle for survival

SHOT... Coagh's Stephen Lamont gets a shot off on goal during Saturday's league clash with Donegal Celtic.INMM1714-340
SHOT... Coagh's Stephen Lamont gets a shot off on goal during Saturday's league clash with Donegal Celtic.INMM1714-340

Coagh may have given themselves a glimmer of hope in staying in Championship One next season but they still need two wins out of two and hope that Dergview drop points in their final two of the season.

The Hagan Park side take on Dundela in a must win match this Easter Tuesday night 6.45pm to go level with their Tyrone neighbours on points but Dergview have a massive goal difference on the Coagh side.

Coagh’s fate will be decided this week if they lose and Dergview win. On Saturday 26th, Coagh finish their season with a home match against Larne.

Last Saturday Coagh’s glimmer of hope came against Donegal Celtic who came to Hagan Park full of confidence after their 5-3 won over Dundela on Thursday night.

The visitors forced Coagh back in the opening exchanges but the home side took the lead after three minutes after Lamont was fouled just outside the D. Up stepped Stuart Glasgow with a low free kick under the keeper’s body to give Coagh the lead.

Fifteen minutes later Coagh were two up; Steven Lamont outpaced the visitors defence from a Marcus Dallas pass to lob the stranded keeper for number two.

As the game flowed from end to end Coagh were caught napping at the back and the visitors gave them hope after Joe Todd scored from close range.

Coagh lost Jason Gillespie through injury at the start of the second half; he was replaced with Aaron Campbell. Campbell brought a different dimension to the game hustling the back four and he should have scored from Stuart Glasgow’s pass.

Craig Moore replaced the tiring Marcus Dallas and straight away linked with Stuart Glasgow to send Lamont away. The striker made no mistake after rounding the keeper to run the ball into an empty net.

Trailing Coagh the visitors forced five corners but could find no way past a tight Coagh back line who defended well to give their team all the points.

Coagh would like to thank Cookstown True Blues Supporter’s Club and representatives Ally and Gary Kennedy for sponsoring the match.

Coagh: William Hassan, David Calderwood, Stephen Glasgow, James Ferguson, Mathew Young, Steven Park Stuart Glasgow, Steven Lamont, Marcus Dallas (Craig Moore) Jason Gillespie (Aaron Campbell) Joel Bradley, Aaron Thornton William Ferguson, Mathew Kempton.

Donegal Celtic: Gerald McLaren, Denver Taggert, Barry Wallace, Eamon Hughes, Ciaran Burns, Mark Shannon, Gary Warwick, Ryan Burns, Joe Todd, Patrick Kelly, Kevin Hughes, Conor Glenhomes, James Moore, Karl Rossbough, Ciaran Carson

Referee: S Wallace. Assistants: J McDaid, D Watt.