Loughgall bounced back from their opening day disappointment with a comfortable victory at home to Dergview.
The Villagers made the perfect start when, after six minutes, Andrew Hoey picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and caught out Dergview ‘keeper Stefan McCusker with a fantastic first-time shot that nestled in the bottom corner.
Loughgall had the ball in McCusker’s goal three minutes later, when Peter Campbell was released clear on goal, however it was ruled out. Coming in at an angle, Campbell elected to pass to Conor Mullen who tapped home however the forward was in an offside position.
On 26 minutes Hoey struck a well-hit shot low to the ‘keeper’s left however McCusker did well to gather.
The Castlederg side’s only real chance of the game, aside from set-pieces, came three minutes into the second period when striker Ryan Campbell fired over when well placed.
Loughgall missed a good chance to double their lead in the 56th minute when Hoey slipped a pass through for Peter Campbell breaking into the box. The tricky winger dragged his effort, taken at a slight angle on the left, just wide of the far post.
Substitute Marc McConnell was released clear on 76 minutes however his weak effort was easily saved by goalkeeper McCusker in a one-on-one situation.
Dean Smith’s side scored an important second goal with nine minutes remaining when McConnell’s corner fell kindly for Dale Montgomery to smash in from 12 yards for his first goal of the season.
Loughgall: Buchanan, Montgomery, Rea, Copeland (Stewart 31m), J Campbell, Dallas, Ferguson, P Campbell (McConnell 69m), Hoey, Baker (McMaster 86m), Mullen. Unused subs: Douglas, Teggart.