Loughgall and Coagh United have to do battle again to determine who progresses to the JJB Sports Irish Cup 6th round, where the winner will face Newbuildings United.
The replay will take place on Tuesday 24th January at Lakeview Park, Loughgall. Kick-off – 7.45pm
Colin Malone made four changes to his starting eleven for the trip to Coagh with Marc Robinson, Mark Stewart, Dale Malone and Paul Keenan replacing Symon Ferguson, Chris Hull, Mark Carson and John Guy.
The first half provided little chances for either side, with Alain Emerson denied at close range by ‘keeper Johnny Yorke after only 7 minutes. Yorke again frustrated Davy Hawthorne when he pulled off an excellent diving save to tip the midfielder’s effort past the post on 24 minutes.
Shortly after the break, Paul Keenan pulled the ball back to Stephen Doyle who tried a first-time chip from 20 yards that floated narrowly over the crossbar. Coagh threatened on 50 minutes when Stephen Park’s mazy run resulted in Jason Gillespie’s snapshot that was well saved by ‘keeper Marc Robinson.
On 62 minutes a smart attacking move between Jeff Brady and Hawthorne set-up Emerson who fired wide with his weaker right foot when well placed. United broke quickly from the goal kick with Aaron Campbell released through and he was denied twice Robinson’s parries, however Mark Scott was on hand to net the opening goal.
Loughgall hit back quickly and had managed to turn the scoreline back in their favour within 7 minutes through strikes from Hawthorne and Keenan. Firstly Dale Malone whipped in a pinpoint cross from the right flank that Hawthorne managed to volley into the top corner, and then Hawthorne slipped a pass into Keenan’s run and he hit a powerful drive that left ‘keeper Yorke with no chance for his 5th goal of the season.
Coagh made three substitutions at once shortly after as they looked to get back into the game, and their bravery was rewarded when substitute Johnny Black controlled an aerial ball before slotting past ‘keeper Robinson in the 79th minute.
The Villagers almost stole the win at the death however Hawthorne’s driven free-kick, which was heading to the top corner, pushed over by Yorke, and then the ‘keeper denied Keenan from a tight angle.
Loughgall: Robinson, Hall, Brady, King (Hull 45m), Stewart, Emerson (Carson 71m), Hawthorne, Ferguson, Malone, Doyle, Keenan. Unused subs: Guy, Symon Ferguson.
Coagh: Yorke, McGeown, Thornton, Calderwood, Ferguson, Park, Campbell (Hawe 70m), Donaldson, Gillespie, Scott (Black 70m), Clarke (Noble 70m). Unused subs: Anderson, McKenzie.