Ballymoney United 2 – 0 Loughgall

Ballymoney United now have a real chance of retaining their Championship 1 status after seeing off Loughgall 2 – 0 at the Riada Stadium.

The Villagers were without Andy Smith and Chris Coleman who were both serving suspensions, also missing was long-term casualty Paul Carville, Johnny Kernaghan, Stephen McCain and Daniel Ryan.

The hosts almost netted after ten minutes when Trevor McLernon’s free-kick on the edge of the penalty area crashed off the crossbar.

The opener came five minutes later as Mark Gillan slipped the ball into Gerard Gillan who finished at the second attempt after ‘keeper Marc Robinson’s initial parry.

Loughgall were hit with a further blow ten minutes before half-time when Andy Ferguson had to be replaced with a knee injury, and early indications are that he won’t be fit enough to play in the two remaining buy prozac hong kong matches.

The away side raised their game in the second period and threatened twice when Barry Bloomer narrowly directed two Stein Montgomery crosses wide.

Striker Marty Murray came agonisingly close when his 25-yard free-kick sailed just past the post on 66 minutes.

Ballymoney scored an important second in the 70th minute when McLernon squared a free-kick to allow Gareth Hill to blast the ball home from inside the penalty area.

Loughgall had an excellent chance on 77 minutes when Marty Verner robbed Liam Kearney of the ball before playing in a pinpoint cross for Bloomer.  The striker, under close pressure, saw his effort from close-range creep just past the post.

United almost extended their advantage in the final stages however David Nicholl was denied by a brilliant double by ‘keeper Robinson.

Loughgall: Robinson, Ferguson (Herron 35m), Baird, Peden, Murphy, Trainor (Irwin 62m), Montgomery, Flanaghan, Bloomer, Verner, Murray.

Ballymoney: McCormack, Kearney, Buckley, Wilkinson, Hill, McLernon, M Gillan, Gilmore, G Gillan (McQuitty 64m), Keane, Nicholl (McClelland 90m).  Unused subs: Gage, Boyle, Smyth.

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