Causeway Chronicle

Coina through on penalites

Portstewart Town Blues 8 Coina Rovers 8 (after penalties)

Greg McAfee 29′, Ben McErlean 45’+2′ (OG), Jamie Nolan 48′, Dillon McKittrick 71′, 90’+95′, Gary Maybin 90’+95′, Crofton Mullan 90’+95′ and Jack Hanson 90’+95′ for Portstewart Town Blues

Conleth Mallon 20′, Cahal Thomas Chambers 54′, Aidan Cahir McErlain 72′, 90’+95′, Tiarnan Rocks 81′, Charlie Diamond 90’+95′, Ryan Mc Guckin 90’+95′, Tom Shivers 90’+95′ and Michael Mullan 90’+95′ for Coina Rovers

Coina made their way to The Crescent for their first fixture in the Steele and Sons Shield where they would take on Portstewart Town Blues on a chilly Saturday morning. 

Coina kicked off the scoring whenever midfielder Mallon picked up the ball 30 yards. His strike was beyond the goalkeepers palms and off the crossbar into the net to put his team 1-0, twenty minutes into the meeting.

Portstewart would hit back with an equaliser through McAfee only 9 minutes later making it level half an hour into the Cup game.

Both sides would see out the half at 1-1. Coina maybe disappointed with their shooting on the day which was letting them down in the final third. 

It would only be three minutes into the second half when a Portstewart attacker was fouled inside the box. This seen them convert the penalty putting them 2-1 up on the 48th minute giving Coina a hill to climb to get back into this game early on into the half.

Six minutes later a penalty be given in favour of Coina this time. Their Striker Chambers ,would smash the ball home making the teams level yet again with fifty four minutes played.

Portstewart were next to break the deadlock in this fixture on the 71st minute. A score that thought would’ve won the game. However no less than 60 seconds later Coina Winger McErlean would slot the ball into the net from a well worked kick off straight after conceding, showing real determination from the side.

Coina having the momentum and with the help of a few substitutes, wanted to push on for a win which they thought was secured on the 81st minute. Substitute Rocks received the ball from the corner kick and rifled it by the Portstewart goalkeeper to put his team 4-3 with 9 left.

Coina thought they had seen the game out  but on the ninety third minute a corner followed by a goalkeeper mistake landed the ball in the back of the net forcing the game to penalties and taking the win straight out of Coinas hands.

Coina wouldn’t panic and would go on to win the shootout 5-4 with the help of penalties from C. Diamond, McGuckin, Shivers, McErlain and Mullan and a penalty save from Goalkeeper McErlean who became the hero of the day making his team win the shootout and redeeming himself for an almost costly mistake in the later stages of the 90 played.

Portstewart Town Blues 1 Dylan McMullan GK 2 Jack Hanson, 3 Dylan Hill, 4 Mark Mooney C, 5 Peter O’Kane, 6 Aaron Murdoch 9 Jamie Nolan, 11 Dillon McKittrick 14 Greg McAfee, 15 Christopher Gray 17 Ryan Doherty Substitutions, 7 Gary Maybin, 8 Ryan Hill, 10 Crofton Mullan 16 Dylan McGroarty 18 Conor Kearney 19 Joshua Gregg.

Coina Rovers 1 Ben McErlean GK 2 Poddy Wilson, 3 Niall Bateson, 4 Michael Mullan, 5 Matthew Walshe, 6 Conleth Mallon, 7 Fergal Coyle, 8 Charlie Diamond C, 9 Cahal Thomas Chambers, 10 Tom Shivers, 11 Aidan Cahir McErlain Substitutions 12 Tiarnan Rocks 13 Ryan Mc Guckin 14 Jack McNally, 15 Eoghan Darragh 17 Darragh McFlynn

Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
Action from Portstewart Town Blues and Coina in Steele and Sons Shield. Pic: Aaron McCullough
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