COAGH UTD . . . . . . . . . . . .4
NEWBUILDINGS UTD. . . .1
Newbuildings United’s dream of facing Linfield in the quarter-finals of the JJB Sports Irish Cup evaporated yesterday afternoon at Hagan Park when Wesley Robinson’s side were defeated 4-1 by Coagh United.
Newbuildings may have matched their Championship Two opponents during the opeing period, but it was the home side who broke the deadlock in the 12th minute. A long ball over the top caught the United defence out and when Coagh striker, Stephen Parke burst through, he drove the ball home when facing a one-on-one situation with visiting keeper, Conor Thornton.
However, Newbuildings refused to be intimidated and they restored equality within a minute when Ricky Lee Dougherty fired home the equaliser from 16 yards, the ball finding the bottom corner of the net.
Coagh felt they had moved back into the driving seat in the 20th minute when a Jason Ferguson shot had been parried by Thornton, the rebound driven home by Jason Gillespie but an alert referee’s assistant had his flag raised for offside.
But right on the stroke of half-time, the Waterside men were caught out in a setpiece situation. Having won a corner on the right, Mark Scott floated the ball into the danger area and Gillespie rose majestically to head the ball firmly home from close range and Robinson’s team-talk in the dressing room at half-time was about to change.
After the break it got worse for the visitors when Coagh increased their lead to 3-1 in the 69th minute due to an own goal. Aaron Canning burst into the danger area before his shot at the target was unfortunately deflected into his own net by Stephen Wallace.
Newbuildings continued to compete and they went close in the 79th minute to reducing the deficit when Dougherty forced Coagh keeper, Johnny Yorke, into a top drawer save.
But it was Coagh who had the final say when referee, Andrew Davey, pointed to the penalty spot in the 83rd minute, claiming that Newbuildings custodian, Thornton, had impeded Coagh substitute, Glenn Clarke. Gillespie stepped up to drive the spotkick home and end the game as a contest.
Compounding Newbuildings’ woes was the dismissal of Graham Moore for dissent.
Coagh United - Yorke, McGowan, Thornton, Cauldwell, Ferguson, parke, Campbell (Black, 87), Donaldson, Gillespie, Dallas (Hunter, 86), Scott (Clarke, 75)
Newbuildings Utd. - C. Thornton, Wallace (Robinson, 80), Ferguson, Blair, Moore, Nicholl (Smith, 67), Scanlon, McIvor, Dougherty, Curry, Olphert (Beattie, 64.