Loughgall fell to a narrow away defeat at the hands of PSNI – the side the Villagers defeated 3-0 last week to reach the top 6. A second-half strike from midfielder Ryan Berry was enough to claim all three points which saw the Belfast side leapfrog Dergview into 4th position.
Loughgall started well and went close after only three minutes when forward Jordan Baker lashed a 25-yard drive that was just off-target.
The hosts threatened in the 12th minute when a superb lofted pass from Berry was dragged just wide from Darius Roohi when well placed.
On 27 minutes, Baker tested PSNI ‘keeper Jordan Williamson with a dipping 30-yard free-kick that he had to be alert to tip over.
The hosts started the second period much better and were denied two gilt-edged chances in quick succession by Loughgall ‘keeper Gareth Buchanan. Firstly, on 51 minutes, ex-Loughgall striker Lukasz Adamczyk connected with Williamson’s long kick-out and forced Buchanan into a smart save. Then, two minutes later, Buchanan pushed Adamczyk’s headed effort from close range over the crossbar.
The goal came in the 57th minute when Loughgall failed to clear Mark Anderson’s corner and Berry emphatically smashed home into the roof of the net.
The visitors attempted to get back to parity however they struggled to break down a Police backline in dominating form. It was the hosts themselves who had the best chance to extend their advantage when Berry’s free-kick was headed across goal by Adam Wright. Mark McCullagh connected with a header however he was denied by a point-blank save from Buchanan.
Loughgall: Buchanan, McDonald, Rea (John Uprichard 83m), Elliott, Taylor, Ferguson, McMaster, McConnell (Jack Upritchard 63m), Baker, Hoey (McCullough 63m), Campbell. Unused subs: Stewart, Stretton.