A young Loughgall side fell to a comprehensive loss at the hands of Carling Premiership outfit Glenavon in the semi-final of the Mid-Ulster Cup.
The visitors opened the scoring after 11 minutes when James Costello buy singulair walmart cut inside Paul Carville and fired inside the near post from close range.
Adrian Harper doubled his side’s advantage on 32 minutes when he latched onto Trevor Molloy’s through ball and finished inside the penalty area.
Glenavon killed off any chance of a Loughgall comeback with a remarkable three-goal salvo in three minutes just before the interval. Firstly Costello hit a superb low drive before Molloy struck an unstoppable 30 yard shot low into the bottom corner. Then winger Costello wrapped up his hat-trick with a close range rebound finish after Alan Murphy denied Molloy’s initial attempt.
After the break, the Lurgan Blues added a sixth when Tony Grant connected with Stuart King’s deep cross to head home.
Loughgall netted an exceptional consolation goal on 77 minutes when Carville hit a ferocious 30-yard drive that sailed past ‘keeper Andrew Plummer in the away goals.
Glenavon completed the scoring five minutes later when Grant touched the ball past the outrushing ‘keeper Robinson and slotted home for his second goal of the game.
Loughgall: Robinson, Coleman, Peden, Murphy, Carville, Kernaghan (Baird 56m), McCullough (Willis 60m), McCain, McNeill, Bloomer (Flanaghan 60m), Ryan. Unused subs: Brown.
Glenavon: Plummer, Shannon, Magee (Harpur 45m), McDonagh (Turkington 45m), Neill, Costello, Walsh, Harper, King, Molloy (Miskimmon 68m), Grant. Unused subs: Hamilton, O’Carroll.
Referee: Lee Tavinder
Assistants: Rodney Henry, James Eakin