Two injury time goals ensured Loughgall suffered an extremely heavy loss to league leaders Bangor at Lakeview Park. Boss Noel Mitchell can take some comfort from the fact that his side were competitive well into the second half before a number of late goals put a much larger scoreline than the performance merited.
Mark Cooling opened the scoring on 18 minutes with a delightful lob over goalkeeper Gareth Buchanan after Andy Morrow’s set-up.
Bangor doubled their lead three minutes later when Colin Nixon’s deftly turned and struck left-footed from inside the penalty area.
Loughgall grabbed a goal back in the 23rd minute when an impressive move culminated in Warner Mullen playing in Ryan Moffatt to slot home with a great low finish.
The Seasiders regained their two-goal lead on 33 minutes when Jordan Forysthe rose, unmarked, to head home Andy Hall’s corner delivery.
Five minutes later Wesley Boyle crashed a shot off the crossbar following a goalmouth scramble in the Bangor penalty area.
Loughgall started the the second half on top and netted within five minutes of the restart. Steven Ferguson’s strong shot was parried by ‘keeper Darren Gibbons, and Boyle was on hand to convert the rebound.
Referee Neil Robinson awarded Bangor a penalty on 58 minutes after he adjudged that Ferguson upended Morrow inside the penalty area. Midfielder Cooling stepped up and converted for his second goal of the game.
The visitors put the game out of sight with 12 minutes remaining when striker Morrow hit a sweet left-footed strike past ‘keeper Buchanan and low into the corner.
There were two very late goals to put a gloss on the scoreline as Ethan Boylan and Nixon netted in injury time.
Loughgall: Buchanan, Taylor, Black (Brady 70m), Copeland, Stewart, Ferguson (Dallas 82m), McMahon (Henderson 82m), Moffatt, Boyle, Mullen, Patterson. Unused subs: Reynolds.
Bangor: Gibbons, Youle, Pike, Wray, Nixon, Walsh, Hall, Cooling, Morrow (Boylan 78m), Gibson, McBurney (Forsythe 23m, Long 84m).