A shock defeat against ten-man Rathfrilland put an end to Loughgall’s hopes of a fourth successive Bob Radcliffe Cup success.
Rathfrilland, managed by former player Brian Adair, netted the winner deep into injury time when Paul Gibbons flicked on a forward ball and Chris Towell met it with a superb dipping volley from the touchline. And there was little time for the Villagers to attempt to draw level.
The hosts had taken the cymbaltasupports lead after only ten minutes when Ally Wilson squared for midfielder Gibbons who seemed to nick the ball ahead of goalkeeper Marc Robinson and slotted the loose ball home.
To make the result even more remarkable, Rathfrilland were forced to play 69 minutes with only ten players after ex-Loughgall full-back Kevin Henry was shown two yellow cards in quick succession for late challenges.
Loughgall equalised five minutes before the break when the ball fell to Glenn Waddell on the edge of the penalty area for him to strike it goalwards, and his well-driven effort took a slight deflection wrong-footing ‘keeper David Wilton before nestling the bottom corner.
The Championship side paxil cr online struggled to create any clear-cut chances throughout the second period, however despite this David McCullough saw two headers crash against the crossbar both from Paul McDowell’s excellent deliveries.
Loughgall: Robinson, Waddell, McNeill, Alderdice, Peden, Kingsberry (Lavery 79m), McGerrigan, Hawthorne (McCain 75m), McCullough, McDowell, D Smith. Unused subs: Clarke, Guerro, Gregg.