Loughgall recorded their first win of the season with a spirited win over Dundela at Wilgar Park. Two excellent first-half goals from Jeff Brady and Wesley Boyle were enough for Colin Malone’s men who were on the backfoot for much of the second half as Dundela pushed for a share of the spoils.
The visitors made a tremendous start when, after ten minutes, Mark Carson’s throw-in found Brady, with space inside the penalty area, who fired an unstoppable drive into the top corner. And Loughgall’s lead was doubled when Boyle netted with a majestic 40 yard chip spotting Duns ‘keeper off his line.
The Villagers almost made sure of the points shortly before the break when Dale Malone’s curling free-kick crashed off both posts and into the ‘keepers grateful hands.
The home side were much stronger throughout the second period creating a number of chances however Loughgall manager Malone can be pleased with the resolute performance of the entire defence and goalkeeper Gareth Buchanan. Dundela striker Ben Roy fired a couple of efforts wide before scoring with a close-range header in the 61st minute.
And it was Roy again who came close when he collected a pass before finding space for a shot from outside the penalty area that was well saved by Buchanan on 78 minutes.
Loughgall substitute Scott Herron almost scored a spectacular goal in injury time when his curling shot that was destined for the top corner was superbly pushed over the crossbar.
Loughgall: Buchanan, Carson, Rodgers, Stewart, Acheson, Ferguson, Malone, Boyle (Herron 75m), Kernaghan (Pedlow 85m), Phillips (Emerson 59m), Brady. Unused subs: Willis, Heasley.