Loughgall kept up their recent good form to move up to 8th place in the Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 with a well-fought win over Coagh United. The win, which saw them leapfrogging their opponents in the process, was secured by goals from Ricky Copeland, Scott Herron and Mark Carson.
Both sides started well and created chances in the opening 20 minutes; Wesley Boyle threatened for the Villagers after 6 minutes when his long-range shot crept just wide. Coagh should have scored twice in this period, firstly Aaron Campbell squared for Glen Clarke who shot wide after losing his footing on 14 minutes. Then five minutes later Scott McCordick did brilliantly to find space on the edge of the Loughgall penalty area however his effort was well parried by ‘keeper Gareth Buchanan.
Loughgall netted the opener in the 19th minute when Ricky Copeland rose highest to nod in Dale Malone’s pinpoint corner at the front post.
Buchanan was called into action again just before the break as winger Clarke was released clear down the right flank, the ex-Loughgall player was thwarted by a combination of Buchanan’s smart save and Copeland’s clearance.
United came close again in the 69th minute when striker Campbell directed Scott McGeown’s cross narrowly over. This miss proved to be costly two minutes later when Loughgall doubled their advantage as Scott Herron netted his second goal in two games when he smashed in a low shot into the far post giving ‘keeper Kyle Nelson no chance.
Substitute Mark Carson made it comfortable for the hosts in the 89th minute when he collected Malone’s pass, evaded ‘keeper Nelson in the penalty area before picking his spot in the top corner.
Coagh scored a consolation goal deep into injury time as Matthew Kempton passed into McCordick who rounded Buchanan before sidefooting home.
Loughgall: Buchanan, Finlay, Rodgers, Stewart, Copeland, Herron, Malone, Ferguson, Guy (Willis 90m), Brady (Carson 83m), Boyle. Unused sub: King.
Coagh United: Nelson, McGeown, Thornton, Calderwood, Anderson, Ferguson, Park, McCordick, Campbell (Taylor 77m), Dallas (Kempton 77m), Clarke. Unused sub: Glasgow.