Loughgall 3 – 3 H&W Welders

Super sub Aaron Patterson rescued an extremely valuable point for Loughgall as his two late goals saw the Villagers draw level with a H&W Welders side challenging at the table summit.

The hosts opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Welders defender Gary Spence was harshly judged to have fouled Marcus Dallas in the area. Wesley Boyle stepped up and blasted home from 12 yards in the 22nd minute.

On the half hour the Belfast side equalised when Ryan Deans converted Mark Magennis’ pullback following good intricate play.

The Welders started the second half tremendously and deserved to take the lead on 55 minutes when a deflected shot fell kindly for Deans to net his second goal of the game.

The lead was extended in the 62nd minute when Michael McLellan beat the offside trap allowing the star striker ample time to pick his spot past Loughgall ‘keeper Gareth Buchanan.

The Villagers showed tremendous resolve as they fought to salvage something from the game. On 84 minutes Warner Mullan’s tempting cross was converted at the back post by substitute Patterson. And then the striker netted the leveller three minutes later throughout a stinging free-kick that flew past the helpless ‘keeper Michael Dougherty.

Loughgall: Buchanan, Reynolds (Greenaway 80m), Copeland, Stewart, Moffatt, Henderson (Taylor 67m), Ferguson, Dallas, Boyle (Patterson 67m), McMahon, Mullan. Unused subs: Jeff Brady, Ross Black.

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