Loughgall secured an important point in difficult conditions away to Limavady United – a side they drew with at Lakeview Park last month. And impressively the Villagers had to contend with playing with ten men for an hour after Dale Malone was dismissed for two cautions. Malone was shown his second yellow card in the 32nd minute for a late challenge on goalkeeper Lawrence McCormick.
Manager Colin Malone was forced into one change from last weeks defeat at H&W Welders with Alain Emerson, who put in a hard-working shift in central midfield, replacing Steven Ferguson who was suffering from illness.
The visitors created the first opportunity on 8 minutes when Greg Hall skillfully side-stepped two defenders and pulled the ball back for Marty Verner however his first-time shot was off-target.
On the stroke of half time a Limavady corner fell to Ricky Close and his snapshot, which was heading for the top corner, drew an excellent save from ‘keeper Marc Robinson.
Despite United’s man advantage they never carved out any clear-cut opportunities which would have disappointed manager Davy Platt. They did however force Loughgall goalkeeper Marc Robinson into a couple of superb saves; firstly a 20 yard shot from Ruari McClean produced a wonderful low diving save on 57 minutes and then, one minute later, Trevor Parkhill glanced on Gareth McConaghie’s free-kick but he was thwarted by Robinson’s sound positioning.
Loughgall: Robinson, Hall, Brady, Hull, Stewart, Hawthorne, Emerson, Doyle, Teggart (Keenan 45m), Verner, Malone. Unused subs: King, Guy.
Limavady: McCormick, Walsh, Rodden, McConaghie, Close, Patrick, Parkhill, McClean, McLaughlin (Divin 74m), Harkin (Doherty 74m), Friel (Clarke 86m). Unused sub: Blackburn.