The ‘big smoke’ of Coagh turn over Chimney

Chimney Corner 0

Coagh United 3

After a run of three losses Coagh were glad to bag three points against relegation certainties Chimney Corner.

It was one way traffic for most of the game but Coagh Management were still concerned after the match as to lack of goals given the amount of chances created in front of goal.

Coagh welcomed back Steven Lamont after a long layoff and he showed he has lost none of his silky skills with a man of the match performance. Graham McKenzie came in for the injured Tuda Murphy and although with little to do he did make two excellent saves in the first half to keep Coagh in the match.

The home side started bright with Chris Walker blasting over in front of an empty goal. Walker ran clear of the Coagh defence and had McKenzie beat but somehow screwed the ball over the Coagh bar from inside the eighteen yard box.

Corner’s day got worse when they lost their number two after five minutes through injury. Henry Nutter came on to fill the right back slot.

The hosts continued to control especially from the middle of the park and could have went ahead again when McGrogan ran clear but he also shot wide off the post.

The game ran sour for twenty minutes with the play moving back and forth but an opportunist goal by Ally Young brightened up what was a dull encounter so far. From McCordick free kick Steven Hawe’s header was pushed away by the home keeper but Young reacted quickly and was able to squeeze the ball home through a crowded goal mouth.

From the restart Coagh had Lamont’s effort cleared off the line while Ally Young and Jamie Gardiner both rattled the woodwork. Near the end of the half the home side again missed a great chance to level. Dale Kirkwood got in behind Allen but McKenzie saved the defenders blushes with an excellent save with his feet.

In a one-sided second half Coagh could have scored ten. Nearly everyone had a miss on goal bar McKenzie between the Coagh posts. On 70 minutes McCordick made it two after an excellent run by Steven Lamont and two minutes later Jamie Gardiner made sure of the points when he tapped in after another good run from Lamont. Happy with the points Coagh look forward to trying to get more points on the table with a home fixture against Lurgan Celtic on Saturday. Kick off Hagan Park 3pm.

Chimney Corner - Darren Marley, Connor Murray, James McMullan, Mark Butler, Gary Dodds, Mark Twiddle, Dale Kirkwood, Michael McGrogan, Chris Walker, Robert Murdock, Henry Nutter, Paddy Martin, Stuart Reid.

Coagh United - Graham McKenzie, Richard Allen, Aaron Thornton, David Calderwood, Steven Hawe, Steven Park,(Marcus Dallas) Steven Lamont, Garth Reid,( Stephen Kidd), Alistair Young,(Roy Smyth) Scott McCordick,

Referee - Mr C Floyd Belfast (Mr R Causby, Mr T Waide)