Goals from Warner Mullen and Marcus Dallas earned Noel Mitchell his first win as manager of Loughgall. The victory brought an end to a difficult period of 12 winless league games since the victory on the road to Knockbreda in September.
Loughgall started well and should have been ahead inside ten minutes; Matthew McMahon’s cross was turned wide by Marcus Dallas from close range when he should have hit the target.
Samuel McIlveen opened the scoring for the Comrades on 16 minutes when he was afforded too much time in midield. He picked the ball up 30 yards to goal before setting himself for a great low strike into the bottom corner.
One minute later the hosts should have extended their lead when confusion in the Loughgall penalty area afforded Peter Duffin with a wonderful opportunity. The tricky midfielder was denied by the legs of ‘keeper Gareth Buchanan as he raced to close down the chance.
Loughgall equalised on 32 minutes when a good attack resulted in Wesley Boyle’s cross to the back post for Warner Mullen to head home from close range.
After the break Comrades fought back and began to dominate, however for their possession they failed to adequately test goalkeeper Buchanan with the exception of set-pieces.
The winner came with 12 minutes remaining when Mullen’s curling cross was met by Dallas who volleyed sweetly into the top corner to cap an impressive attack.
Loughgall: Buchanan, Taylor, Copeland, Stewart, Moffatt, Ferguson, Dallas, Henderson, McMahon, Boyle (Patterson 67m), Mullen. Unused subs: Reynolds, Black.
Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Doherty (Brown 45m), C Reid, McCart, Buckley, Kane, McIlveen, Duffin, Browne (Reid 57m), Simpson, Cooper (Simms 66m). Unused subs: Hill, Trussell.