Loughgall claimed their second league victory with a 3 – 1 away success over Larne. However there was concern for manager Niall Currie as striker Paul McDowell pulled up after only ten minutes and has to be withdrawn from action.
His replacement Glen Clarke opened the scoring for the Villagers on 28 minutes with a cool low finish after Dean Smith did well to set him up.
Adam Dick came close to equalising for the hosts when he unleashed a tremendous driven free-kick from 30 yards however he was unable to keep it on target.
Neil Alderdice thought he had scored his first goal of the season when he rose highest to direct Chris Kingsberry’s corner towards goal. The attempt came off the underside of the crossbar and bounced on the goalline before being cleared to safety.
On the stroke of half-time Dean Smith doubled Loughgall’s lead with a superb curling free kick placed beyond the clutches of ‘keeper Liam Neeson.
Larne started to exert increased pressure in the early stages of the second period and had the ball in the net after only six minutes. ‘Keeper Marc Robinson made an excellent diving save to deny Matthew Pollard and Mark Craig was on hand to tap home however he was adjudged to have been in an offside position.
The Harbour Rats grabbed the goal they had been threatening on 55 minutes courtesy of an own goal when Darragh Peden inadvertently directed Dick’s free-kick into the bottom corner of the net.
The win was made sure courtesy of another own goal, this time Glenn Waddell’s low shot from 20 yards deflected off the unfortunate Reece Moore giving Brian Neeson no chance.
Loughgall: Robinson, Cullen, Waddell, Alderdice, Peden, Kingsberry, A Smith, Hawthorne, McGerrigan, McDowell (Clarke 10m), D Smith. Unused subs: McCain, Willis.
Larne: Neeson, Moore, G. Larmour, Pollard, Carland, Reid, Todd (Higgins 65m), White, Craig, Larmour (Thompson 80m), Dick. Unused subs: McClean, McDonald, McNally.
Referee: G McIlwrath (Newtownards)