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Thursday 18 December 2014

Killyleagh shot-stopper Alistair Coburn delighted with weekend wonder goal

Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26
Action from Bloomfield v Killyleagh, October 26

Goalkeeping hero Alistair Coburn admits his unique strike against Bloomfield in the Intermediate Cup first round helped turn a potentially miserable weekend into a very happy one for him and his Killyleagh team-mates.

The experienced shot-stopper produced the undeniable moment of the match in the dying minutes as he lobbed opposing number one Craig Harvey from his own goalmouth to seal a 4-2 win over the Division 1B side.

In terms of the how the game was panning out, it came at just the right time for the Co Down villagers, who, after leading comfortably at 3-1 (thanks to an Alan Neale strike and Darren McConnell double), suddenly found themselves precariously at 3-2, as the game entered the closing stages.

And Coburn, who turns out to be something at a specialist at hitting the net from long range, is honest enough to confess that it had never been his intention to test the Bloomfield goalkeeper.

He revealed: “It was just a punt up the field… I was looking to get the ball up to the front men as quick as possible, and was actually giving off to the referee about a decision he’d made, when it took a bounce over the goalkeeper.

“It has been five years since I’ve done that, but it’s the third time it has happened now.

“I’m glad I did do it, because we weren’t playing the best, and I was annoyed at being lobbed for their second goal.”

Coburn’s relieved manager Stephen Johnstone couldn’t believe what he was seeing as the ball looped into the Bloomfield goal.

The former Shankill United boss told The Park: “I can’t remember ever seeing a goal like it. The boys were all straight over to congratulate him, and I was pleased for him too, as he has been so good for us this season.

“It was actually my assistant Ray Mowatt who put me in touch with Alistair, as his dad played with him at Ards. I am lucky, in that I have a good backroom staff, with Philip Jennings and John McComiskey too.”

This game was much closer than the two team’s respective positions might have suggested, yet Johnstone insists he wasn’t surprised in the slightest that his side were given a genuine run for their money.

He added: “When you play away from home in the Amateur League, it doesn’t matter what division a team is from, they will always make it hard for you.

“We were expecting a tough physical game from Bloomfield, but they were also a good footballing side. They play from the back, and keep possession well. That’s all down to their manager Carsy (Billy Carson).”

The big cup games just keep coming for Killyleagh, and this weekend, they make the short journey to Kilmore Rec for a Border Cup quarter-final derby day.

Meanwhile, in some of the other Intermediate Cup ties that defied the weather on Saturday, Albert Foundry edged out 6-5 winners against St Mary’s, but their Premier Division rivals Ards Rangers suffered a crushing 4-1 defeat to Ardstraw.

Kilmore set themselves up for Saturday’s Border Cup clash with a home win over Crusaders Reserves, while Linfield Swifts were dumped out by the impressive St Patrick’s YM.

And in the big Mid Ulster encounter between Tandragee Rovers and Dollingstown, it was Dollingstown who eventually progressed after a 3-3 draw followed up with a penalty shootout, which the Intermediate A champions won 3-2.

For the full rundown of the Intermediate Cup scorelines, please click on our results section.

Goalkeeping hero Alistair Coburn admits his unique strike against Bloomfield in the Intermediate Cup first round helped turn a potentially miserable weekend into a very happy one for him and his Killyleagh team-mates.

The experienced shot-stopper produced the undeniable moment of the match in the dying minutes as he lobbed opposing number one Craig Harvey from his own goalmouth to seal a 4-2 win over the Division 1B side.

In terms of the how the game was panning out, it came at just the right time for the Co Down villagers, who, after leading comfortably at 3-1 (thanks to an Alan Neale strike and Darren McConnell double), suddenly found themselves precariously at 3-2, as the game entered the closing stages.

And Coburn, who turns out to be something at a specialist at hitting the net from long range, is honest enough to confess that it had never been his intention to test the Bloomfield goalkeeper.

He revealed: “It was just a punt up the field… I was looking to get the ball up to the front men as quick as possible, and was actually giving off to the referee about a decision he’d made, when it took a bounce over the goalkeeper.

“It has been five years since I’ve done that, but it’s the third time it has happened now.

“I’m glad I did do it, because we weren’t playing the best, and I was annoyed at being lobbed for their second goal.”

Coburn’s relieved manager Stephen Johnstone couldn’t believe what he was seeing as the ball looped into the Bloomfield goal.

The former Shankill United boss told The Park: “I can’t remember ever seeing a goal like it. The boys were all straight over to congratulate him, and I was pleased for him too, as he has been so good for us this season.

“It was actually my assistant Ray Mowatt who put me in touch with Alistair, as his dad played with him at Ards. I am lucky, in that I have a good backroom staff, with Philip Jennings and John McComiskey too.”

This game was much closer than the two team’s respective positions might have suggested, yet Johnstone insists he wasn’t surprised in the slightest that his side were given a genuine run for their money.

He added: “When you play away from home in the Amateur League, it doesn’t matter what division a team is from, they will always make it hard for you.

“We were expecting a tough physical game from Bloomfield, but they were also a good footballing side. They play from the back, and keep possession well. That’s all down to their manager Carsy (Billy Carson).”

The big cup games just keep coming for Killyleagh, and this weekend, they make the short journey to Kilmore Rec for a Border Cup quarter-final derby day.

Meanwhile, in some of the other Intermediate Cup ties that defied the weather on Saturday, Albert Foundry edged out 6-5 winners against St Mary’s, but their Premier Division rivals Ards Rangers suffered a crushing 4-1 defeat to Ardstraw.

Kilmore set themselves up for Saturday’s Border Cup clash with a home win over Crusaders Reserves, while Linfield Swifts were dumped out by the impressive St Patrick’s YM.

And in the big Mid Ulster encounter between Tandragee Rovers and Dollingstown, it was Dollingstown who eventually progressed after a 3-3 draw followed up with a penalty shootout, which the Intermediate A champions won 3-2.

For the full rundown of the Intermediate Cup scorelines, please click on our results section.

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