Loughgall Lakers entertained promotion tipped St Matthews Ladies on 5th May at Lakeview Park. In a pulsating 6-4 victory the Lakers made it 3 wins out of 3 in the Davison Frudles Championship.
Loughgall started brightly and were soon ahead 2-0 with efforts from Willis and Alvarez. However St Matts brought themselves back into the game with a loopy free kick from 18 yards hitting the top right hand corner of the net leaving ‘keeper Hamilton with no chance. Loughgall pressed for a 3rd goal before the half and were rewarded as Rebecca Cappers shot from the edge of the box powered home.
The 2nd half started horrifically for the Lakers as St Matts gained an early penalty after a foul in the box. Loughgall stretched their lead again with another effort from Willis but St Matts star striker Rachel Rogan was proving a handful for the Lakers defence and immediately set up Justine Berry to make it 4-3.
A flurry of goals then ensued, including efforts from Lakers McClure and Campbell, as both teams succumbed to periods of panic. After a nervous climax Loughgall emerged as deserving victors but will be wary of the need to show more composure in closing out games in future.
Loughgall Lakers Team: Hamilton, Wylie, Rooney, Ervine, Davison, Alvarez, Willis, Jordan, Campbell, Dougan-Toal, Capper Subs: McClure, Cullen, Wilson, Fagan, Reid