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Football: Coagh is it as 'Gall get ready for United

Carnegie First Division

By Colin Speer

Published 24/10/2007

Teams return to Carnegie First Division action this weekend, with the match of the day taking place at Hagan Park.

Leaders Loughgall are the visitors to second place Coagh United with the home side knowing a victory would move them into pole position.

Under the joint management team of Stephen Uprichard and Noel Mitchell Coagh have surprised a lot of teams this season.

Uprichard, who bemoaned at the start of the season about trying to recruit players, will be thrilled by the way his side have begun the campaign.

As for Loughgall they too are unbeaten in the league, in fact they haven't dropped a single point from their opening three matches.

Extra spice will be added to this contest as a number of players have moved from United over the summer and signed for The Villagers.

Harland & Wolff Welders, meanwhile, will want to put their disappointment at surprisingly being knocked out of the Steel & Sons Cup by Brantwood, when they travel to Carrick Rangers.

A win for the Welders could move them into top spot if other results go their way, but they know it's going to be a difficult task in getting anything at Taylor's Avenue.

Bangor, who were everyone's favourites to win the title before the season kicked off, haven't started well this year, but they should collect maximum points at bottom club Portstewart.

Ballyclare Comrades, under Jamesy Kirk's leadership, have started well this term, but having only secured maximum points once this season, he'll be looking for his inexperienced players to step up to the mark.

Nevertheless, Comrades aren't going to get things their own way as they host League Cup specialists Dundela. Mark Snodden's men are a point behind Ballyclare but their indifferent league form is something the manager will want to put right.

Ards are also struggling this season and hosting fellow strugglers Lurgan Celtic isn't what Tommy Kincaid would have wanted.

But experienced players such as Justin McBride and Johnny Shaw are going to have to roll up their sleeves and continue to encourage the younger players in the squad.

Elsewhere, Tobermore Untied host Banbridge Town and the home side should come away with all three points.

Meanwhile, the second semi-final of the Carnegie League Cup sees last year's beaten finalists Dundela take on Bangor, at Dixon Park tonight (KO 7.45pm).

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