Tobermore United 0 – 2 Loughgall

Loughgall finished off their season with three well-earned points to compliment an impressive performance at Fortwilliam Park.

Davy Hawthorne returned to the starting line-up following his one-game suspension and Mark Carson also made his first start in three months.

Loughgall started brightly and on 11 minutes a Stephen Doyle cross fell to Steven Ferguson, on the edge of the box, who hit a half-volley that was expertly tipped over the crossbar by home ‘keeper William Hassan. Villagers ‘keeper Marc Robinson had to be equally alert to deny Neil Lamont when he was shot goalwards from 20 yards in the 20th minute.

The visitors twice came close to scoring in the last five minutes of the first period; firstly Jeff Brady’s headed effort was well held by Hassan and then left-back Brady’s smart chip forward provided Alain Emerson with the opportunity to volley narrowly wide.

Loughgall continued to exert their superiority however failed to take any of their chances in the early stages of the second half, Carson latched onto Brady’s cross but couldn’t keep his effort on target from inside the penalty area.

The deadlock was broken in the 69th minute when Carson slotted home from close range after he and Brady initially challenged ‘keeper Hassan to a cross. The win was secured with 7 minutes remaining when Hassan upended substitute Daryl Flanaghan inside the penalty area. Adam Pedlow stepped up to net from the resultant spot-kick for his 8th goal of the season.

Loughgall: Robinson, Hall, Brady, Stewart, Hull, Emerson, Ferguson, Hawthorne, Carson (Foster 73m), Pedlow (Willis 84m), Doyle (Flanaghan 81m).
Tobermore: Hassan, McKenna, Magill, Spratt, Neill, Stewart, Gardiner, Heneghan, Lamont, Patton, McClements. Subs: Bradley, Stewart, Drennan.

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