Loughgall failed to continue their excellent start to November when they were punished by Carl Rezai’s headed goal, just before the break, to seal a 1 – 0 reverse at H&W Welders.
Both sides struggled on a testing surface to retain possession and attempt to play any coherent attacking football. Loughgall’s best opportunity of the first half came on 17 minutes when Davy Hawthorne’s direct run and shot was well-saved by ‘keeper Michael Dougherty low to his left.
Loughgall goalkeeper Marc Robinson performed an excellent double save to deny Josh Cahoon’s initial overhead kick and Andrew Dickson’s follow-up attempt in the 33rd minute. The goal came from a corner kick when Carl Rezai managed to force the ball over the goalline at the front post despite being under immediate pressure.
The Welders could have doubled their advantage shortly into the second period when Cahoon collected a pass inside the area, he then turned to shoot low forcing a good save from Robinson. And in the 51st minute Paul Muir saw his 25-yard free-kick strike the top of the crossbar.
Ex-Welders striker Marty Verner missed an excellent chance with 12 minutes remaining when he couldn’t convert Mark Teggart’s low pass from close range.
Loughgall: Robinson, Hall, Brady, Stewart, Hull, Doyle (Guy 67m), Ferguson, Hawthorne, Teggart, Malone, Verner. Unused subs: Emerson, King.
H&W Welders: Dougherty, McMurray, Armstrong, McMillan, Harris, Muir, Dickson, Rezai (Ballard 82m), Cahoon, King, Brown (Bloomer 82m). Unused subs: White, Wray, Miskelly.