Loughgall reached the quarter finals of the WKD Core Intermediate Cup with a hard-fought victory over Albert Foundry at Paisley Park.
Martin Murray, on loan from Glentoran, was causing plenty of problems for the Foundry defence in the opening stages and he went extremely close to opening the scoring in the 24th minute. Strike partner Barry Bloomer released Murray with a wonderfully-weighted lobbed pass which the young forward latched onto and chipped over the outrushing ‘keeper however his attempt crept just wide.
On 32 minutes Bloomer and Murray combined again for the latter to see his low shot well saved down to the ‘keepers right.
Nine minutes into the second half, the visitors grabbed the lead they were threatening when Paul Carville delivered an inch-perfect cross for Andy Ferguson to direct his header inside the front post.
The lead was doubled in the 74th minute when Alan Murphy headed a cross into the box towards goal and Liam Cullen, with his back to goal, touched the ball with an elaborate bicycle kick over the goal line.
Then one minute later Loughgall almost extended their lead when Murray set-up Peter McNeill and the winger’s effort was cleared off the goal line by a defender.
McNeill wasn’t to be denied three minutes later when substitute Nathan Baird’s long ball upfield was controlled by Murray and he crossed for McNeill to convert from close range.
The hosts netted a consolation five minutes before the final whistle when Andy Smith nipped in to break up an attack on the edge of the Loughgall penalty area however the ball fell for a Foundry substitute to slot the ball home past ‘keeper Marc Robinson.
Loughgall: Robinson, Ferguson, Carville, Peden, Murphy, Smith, Ryan (Brown 79m), Cullen (McCain 79m), Bloomer (Baird 63m), Murray, McNeill. Unused subs: Coleman, McCullough.