Loughgall made the trip to Ballyskeagh to take on Lisburn Distillery as Brian Adair took charge of his 1st competitive game in the Loughgall Hot-Seat, new signings James McConville, Paul Donegan and Connor Fegan were all handed debuts from the start. Distillery hit the ground running with former Loughgall player Neil Alderdice giving them the lead a header from a corner, Alderdice again was causing problems and another header from a set-piece put Distillery in control inside the 1st 10mins. A re-shuffle by Loughgall steadied the ship with Jude Ballard and Joe McKee having strikes that drifted narrowly over.
Half-Time 2-0 and Distillery good value for the lead
Loughgall started the 2nd half much more brightly, a well struck Joe McKee forcing the Distillery keeper into a smart stop was the start of a heavy period of pressure from Loughgall, captain Steven Ferguson’s sweet strike from 25 yards cannoned off the underside of the crossbar onto the line before Daniel Ryan gave Loughgall a lifetime which a superb shot from long range giving the keeper no chance. 2-1. Loughgall continued to mount the pressure but to no avail with the best chance coming right at the death with Ryan’s shot going over the bar. A draw would have been a fair result on reflection but it was a defeat on Adair’s first game in charge.
Loughgall: McConville, McKee, Stewart, Donegan, Rodgers, Fegan, Ferguson(c), Ballard, Boyle, Ryan, Brady. SUBS – Carson, Rooney, McGarry