A Stephen Hughes double added to Mark Hughes’ and Stephen McCabe’s strikes saw Warrenpoint Town brush aside Loughgall in a game which both sides finished with ten men. Villagers’ substitute John Guy and Town’s central defender Johnny Cowan were shown straight red cards for an off-the-ball scuffle with ten minutes remaining.
Loughgall boss Colin Malone made two changes to his starting line-up from the 3-2 reverse at Ards two weeks ago with Dan McGarry and Mark Carson replacing Niall Lavery and Dale Malone.
The hosts threatened twice early on when Wesley Boyle nodded just wide from Jeff Brady’s corner on 12 minutes. Then Dale Noble did well to work a shooting opportunity on the edge of the penalty area however his effort was well held by Town ‘keeper Jonathan Parr on 26 minutes.
One minute later Warrenpoint took the lead when Stephen Hughes converted Daniel Hughes’ byline cross from close range. Ten minutes later both players combined for Stephen Hughes to score with a brilliant individual flick from inside the penalty area.
Three minutes before the break the visitors extended their advantage when Ruari Devlin slipped the ball into Mark Hughes from a well-worked short-corner routine and the full back smashed a great strike into the top corner of the goals.
Loughgall conceded again 11 minutes into the second period when Stephen McCabe managed to sneak the ball inside the post and past ‘keeper Gareth Buchanan’s outstretched arm with an accurate low finish.
The home side grabbed a consolation four minutes later when Dale Noble did excellently to squeeze in between two defenders and fire past the helpless ‘keeper Parr.
Loughgall: Buchanan, McGarry (Kernaghan 57m), Rodgers, Stewart, Copeland, Finlay, Ferguson, Carson (Guy 57m), Noble, Boyle, Brady. Unused subs: Malone, Herron, Lindsay.
Warrenpoint Town: J Parr, M Hughes (G Boyle 72m), Moan, J Boyle, Cowan, S Parr, McCabe, Kearns (Smith 72m), Devlin, S Hughes, D Hughes (Johnston 72m). Unused subs: Anderson, McKeown.