Larne 0 – 3 Loughgall

A double from Aaron Patterson and strike partner Warner Mullen earned Loughgall all three points against high-flying Larne at Inver Park.

The hosts controlled most of the play in the first period and they created a number of opportunities however a combination of poor finishing and some excellent defending meant they failed to score in the entire game.

A perfect indication of the Larne’s afternoon was when they missed a golden chance on 12 minutes. Tommy Robinson was sent clear by James McCabe who rounded ‘keeper Gareth Buchanan only to hit into the side-netting from a tight angle under defensive pressure.

Loughgall took the lead on 35 minutes when Matthew McMahon, on the right flank, raced into the penalty area and set-up Patterson to fire the ball home past ‘keeper John Connolly.

The Villagers doubled their lead on 59 minutes when Graeme Taylor’s long throw-in was nodded home by Warner Mullen at the front post.

The win was secured three minutes later when a quick counter attack saw Patterson latched onto strike partner Mullen’s through-ball before finding the bottom corner despite the best efforts of ‘keeper Connolly.

Loughgall: Buchanan, Taylor, Copeland, Stewart, Brady (Carson 45m), Ferguson, Henderson, McMahon, Moffatt, Mullen (Reynolds 85m), Patterson. Unused sub: Willis.

Larne: Connolly, Bradley, Smith, McClean, Reynolds, McGoran (B. Heggarty 84m), Stuart, Maguire, McCabe , G.Gillan. Robinson (Murray 57m). Unused subs: E.Gillan, C. Heggarty, Stitt