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PREMIER A LEAGUE
Blackpool Celtic 1 Coachford 6
New signing Stephen Goulding hit a second half double as Coachford moved up the rankings in Murphy’s Stout AUL Premier A with a comfortable 6-1 away win over lowly Blackpool Celtic.
Celtic played spiritedly and indeed scored the best goal of the game but they tired in the end and the youthful visitors, this season managed by Micky Walsh, scored four in the closing fifteen minutes.
In the 20th minute, a major scramble developed in the Blackpool box after a great cross by Ruan Linehan, following a free by Darren O’Brien. And it was O’Brien who prevented a clearance and set up full back Ken O’Donovan to open the scoring.
The second half was always going to be difficult for the losers and that was underlined in the 55th minute when Goulding got in between defender Cliff Howard and keeper Willie Matthews and slotted the ball into the empty net.
Buckley was proving a handful for the Coachford defence that including AUL youth representative player Ciaran Lucey. The Blackpool forward was fouled out on the right in the 65th minute and a spectacular free kick by Willie Singleton flew high past keeper Moynihan and in by the far post.
Coachford took over and in the 75th minute, sub Donal Corkery crossed from close to the right hand corner flag and John Hogan, on the AUL junior panel, crashed a beauty past Matthews.
Matthews was in trouble again two minutes later, this time the question posed by a mighty wind driven clearance by opposite number Moynihan. The back-pedalling Blackpool man managed to tip the ball onto the bar but Goulding was on hand to whack in the rebound and make it 4-1.
And Coachford extended that lead in the 79th minute. Again Corkery was the supplier and this time the cross was headed powerfully in by Hogan, unmarked at the far post.
The sixth came with about two minutes to go. Niall Buckley whipped in a cross from way out on the left. It caught the wind and flew past Matthews and in by the far post.
Blackpool Celtic: Willie Matthews, James Cronin, Mark Buckley, Ken O'Sullivan, Billy Murphy, Noel Hawthorn, Steven O’Connor, Paul Cummins, Billy Long, Cliff Howard and Willie Singleton.
Coachford: Daniel Moynihan, Ken O’Donovan, Sean Twomey, Pat Martin, Ciaran Lucey, John Hogan, Ruan Linehan, Darren O’Brien, Niall Buckley, Robert O’Keeffe and Steven Goulding. Subs: Adrian Martin, Noel Looney, Colm Grady, Donal Corkery and Steve Buckley.
Referee: Fred Murray.