Loughgall suffered a Boxing Day hangover as they crashed to a deserved loss at Coagh United. Forward Jason Gillespie was the key man for Coagh as his two goals, and all round impressive performance, diminished Loughgall’s chances.
Both sides had opportunities inside the opening 15 minutes; Aaron Thornton headed over for the hosts from Glen Clarke’s cross before Villagers forward John Guy forced ‘keeper Johnny Yorke into an excellent save from 20 yards.
Gillespie opened the scoring for Coagh in the 33rd minute when he applied a close-range finish to convert Scott McGeown’s pin-point cross.
Gillespie’s second, nine minutes after the break, came in similar circumstances to his opener. Steven Parke played in a great low cross that Gillespie converted with ease from inside the penalty area.
Loughgall, after a treble substitution, began to threaten and pulled a goal back with eight minutes remaining. Sub Thai Blevins beat left-back Thornton before striking across goal forcing goalkeeper Yorke to parry to Dale Malone who tapped home from close range.
As the Villagers searched for an equaliser they were caught from a counter-attack that released substitute Scott McCordick who chipped Gareth Buchanan with an exquisite finish.
Loughgall: Buchanan, Finlay, Rodger, Copeland, King, Stewart (Foster 59m), Malone, Ferguson, Guy (Pedlow 59m), Carson (Blevins 59m), Boyle.
Coagh United: Yorke, McGeown, Thornton, Calderwood, Ferguson, Anderson, Parke, Beckett (Kempton 90m), Gillespie, Campbell (McCordick 79m), Clarke. Unused sub: Taylor.