Gillespie is pick of the bunch against Orchard

Mid-Ulster Shield round two

Coagh United Reserves 2

Orchard City 1

Coagh moved into the third round of the Mid Ulster Shield after a hard battle against Carabane League pace setters Orchard City.

Unbeaten in their last six the Newry side came to Coagh looking for an upset and with ex-Coagh player Clifford Sterritt, who is Orchard’s player-manager, and the very experienced Lee Feeney in their side they pushed Coagh all the way.

Feeney, who has lined out with Ards, Linfield, Rangers, Shamrock Rovers and Newry City, patrolled the midfield with good effect as the visitors pushed Coagh in the early part of the first half.

Ex-Newry City player Daniel Hughes shot just wide from a good position after one minute and the visitors continued to pressure Coagh with Stephen Daly missing the target after breaking clear from Thomas McCann’s pass.

Coagh finally came into the game after seven minutes. Matty Kempton’s clever pass sent the impressive Timmy Graham free, his cross found the head of Gillespie and Coagh were 1-0 up. Glasgow and Anderson had to be at their best as the visitors continued to pressure. Hughes and Havern both got shots on target but Nelson in the home goal handled well.

Orchard forced over six corners before the break but just could not find a way through Coagh’s tight back line. Coagh put things out of the visitors reach after Gillespie was tumbled over in the area. Goalkeeper Joseph Price got a straight red for his efforts and replacement goal stopper, Gary Murphy could do nothing to stop Coagh making it number two from the spot.

The visitors threw everything at Coagh in the second half but it was the home side that were guilty of not taking the advantage with the extra man. Coagh brought on veteran Andrew Creighton and his clever running got Neil in but his goal bound shot was cleared off the line. Kyle Nelson kept Coagh in the match with a couple of fine saves including one from the spot.

Orchard set up a thrilling ending after Daniel Hughes stunning strike pulled one back for the visitors. Orchard’s Brenan Havern was sent off near the end after receiving his second yellow off the match.

Coagh’s Anderson and Ramsey both had chances to wrap things up for the home side but it was Nelson who put Coagh into the next round with another stunning save just before the whistle.

This Saturday November 3 Coagh United Reserves v Banbridge Rangers Reserves at Coagh Sports Centre.

In a rearranged fixture Coagh United will now play Dundela this Sat 3rd Nov at Hagan Park. Supporters should note that this match will kick off at 3pm.

Coagh United are holding a Bake Sale on Sat 3rd November outside Kee’s Clothing in Cookstown. All donations of cakes and buns will be grately received or just come along and pick up your fresh, home baked buns and cakes.

For further info contact Carla on 07595495081 or Hayley on 07881463999