Andrew Hoey’s first-half penalty was the difference between the sides at Lakeview Park. The three points means Loughgall have now leapfrogged their opponents Dergview, who had Jude Ballard sent off with 23 minutes remaining.
There was an early scare for Loughgall as in the first minute Tommy Wray found space to force ‘keeper Gareth Buchanan into a low, smart save. The ball then was cleared out to Ryan Campbell and he curled a 20 yard shot just over the crossbar.
On 11 minutes Marcus Dallas floated a free-kick into the dangerous front-post area, Hoey was well placed however the attacker miscued his connection and goalkeeper Stefan McCusker safely collected.
The goal came ten minutes before the break when Dergview captain Colin Robinson blocked Marc McConnell’s cross with his hand. From the resultant spot-kick Hoey stepped up and sent McCusker diving the wrong way.
The Castlederg side almost equalised three minutes later when Philip Wallace drifted in from the left flank however he fired narrowly wide from a tight angle.
The second half produced little chances for either side as Loughgall comfortably saw out the game. Dergview’s chances were made much worse when Ballard was dismissed for dissent by referee Andrew Davey.
Loughgall: Buchanan, McDonald, Rea, Elliott, Stewart, Dallas (McMaster 83m), Ferguson, McCullough (Stretton 90m), McConnell (Baker 72m), John Uprichard, Hoey. Unused subs: Blair, Jack Uprichard.
Dergview: McCusker, Wray, Ballard, Buchanan, Robinson, Burns, Arkinson (Leckey 77m), Walsh (McManus 74m), Falconer, Campbell, Wallace. Unused subs: Porter, Forsythe.