Loughgall 6 – 2 Tandragee Rovers

Loughgall progressed into the fifth round of the Irish Cup with a comprehensive victory at home against Mid-Ulster Intermediate A side Tandragee Rovers.

The opener came after 18 minutes when Mark Carson’s pinpoint cross was headed home from Marcus Dallas from close range.

Two goals in two minutes put Loughgall into a great position; firstly on 29 minutes Carson beat ‘keeper Richard McGivern to the ball before passing back for Ryan Moffatt to lob home from 25 yards.

Then one minute later Daniel Burns burst into the penalty area and struck a fierce shot that flew into the top corner despite the best efforts of ‘keeper McGivern.

One minute before the break The Villagers netted again to cap an impressive first half when Daniel Burns’ blistering run down the left wing saw him ease past two defenders before squaring for Warner Mullen to convert from close range.

On 62 minutes the hosts extended their advantage when Stephen O’Neill scored from the penalty spot after Mark Carson was upended inside the penalty area.

Loughgall’s sixth goal came in the 71st minute when substitute Keith Kearney, making his first-team debut, collected a pass before accurately shooting in off the back post from the edge of the penalty area.

Rovers grabbed two consolation goals in the final 11 minutes when player-manager Scott Walker scored a soft penalty after Kearney was adjudged to have fouled. Then with two minutes remaining striker Johnny Black played in Aaron Gallagher to slot home from close range.

Loughgall: Buchanan, Carson, Stewart, Copeland (Finlay 60m), Black, Moffatt (Kearney 66m), Ferguson, Dallas, D Burns, Mullen (A Burns 60m), O’Neill. Unused subs: Alderdice.

Tandragee: McGivern, Pedlow, Rooney, Bingham, Whiteside, Dobbs, Gallagher, Wells, Corbett (Simmonds 45m, Walker 53m), Black, McClean (McCommond 45m).

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