Football: Thornton sees red as Coagh United collapse at home to Bangor

CLOSE EYE... Coagh's Aaron Thornton keeps a close eye on his marker during last Saturday's league clash with Bangor at Hagan Park.INMM5213-361SR
CLOSE EYE... Coagh's Aaron Thornton keeps a close eye on his marker during last Saturday's league clash with Bangor at Hagan Park.INMM5213-361SR


Fifteen-year-old goalkeeper Brandon Chambers will certainly remember his debut match for Coagh United Football Club.

The youth team player should be praised for taking up the call after the injured William Hassan and second choice Graham McKenzie were ruled out.

It was a big call for the youngster whose position in goal started well after Steven Lamont put the home side in the lead. However, the dismissal of Aaron Thornton after he foolishly retaliated after a tackle left the young lad on the wrong end of a 6-1 score line.

No one in Coagh would doubt the future of this player as he excelled under pressure.

Coagh started the match without the injured Jamie Tomelty, William Hassan and James Ferguson while Barry Anderson and Colin Donaldson were unavailable.

Coagh were first out of the blocks; Steven Park set up Steven Lamont who scored from close range. Moments later Gillespie should have had a second but the ball got under his feet and the chance was lost.

The visitors camped in the Coagh half after this and levelled things on 13 minutes through Stephen O’Neill.

Seven minutes later Dominic Melly, who had just come off the bench for the injured Mark Cooling, showed strength before releasing Andy Morrow for their second.

Coagh’s Thornton saw red after this putting his side under more pressure. Barry Walsh scored a third from a very tight angle and with Coagh all at sea, Jordan Forsythe made it four before the break.

From the restart Coagh’s Steven Lamont missed a glorious opportunity for Coagh while Jason Gillespie had one cleared off the line.

Coagh put the Seasider’s under pressure with Matthew Kempton again putting the visitors’ keeper under pressure. The home side finally caved under pressure with goals from Andy Hall and a second from Andrew Morrow.

Coagh have no matches over Christmas, but will regroup before taking on Institute at Hagan Park on the 4th on January 2014.

Coagh United would like to thank the Mid Ulster Branch of the DUP for sponsoring today’s match with Councillors Thomas Catherwood and Elizabeth Forde, Paul McLean Chairman Mid Ulster DUP and MLA and Councillor Ian McCrea all attending Saturday’s match.

Coagh United: Brandon Chambers, Scott McGeown, Mathew Young, Aaron Thornton, David Calderwood, Stephen Glasgow, Steven Park, Marcus Dallas (Mark Taylor), Aaron Campbell (Mathew Kempton), Jason Gillespie, Stephen Lamont (William Ferguson)

Bangor: Gibbons, Long, Hylands, Youle, Nixon, Walsh, Hall, Cooling, Morrow, O’Neill, Forsythe Subs Scates, Melly, Cairnduff

Referees: Stephen Wallace, David Anderson, Jonny Thompson