Loughgall suffered a two-goal reverse away to Harland & Wolff Welders in a game where clinical finishing was the difference between the sides.
The Villagers suffered a blow when Andrew Hoey had to be replaced by Conor Mullen after only 12 minutes after suffering a dead leg.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 16th minute when a poor clearance fell straight at David Rainey’s feet and he finished in off the far post from the left-hand side of the penalty area.
Loughgall were denied four minutes later when Jamie Douglas’ 20 yard effort was parried by Welders ‘keeper Robert Robinson who then made a fantastic save to deny Peter Campbell’s follow-up from close-range.
On 28 minutes Dale Montgomery and Marc McConnell combined well down the right flank to allow the former to cut into the penalty area and shoot narrowly wide when well placed.
Substitute Mullen worked a good opportunity, six minutes after the break, inside the penalty area however the forward couldn’t keep his effort on target.
The home side doubled their advantage in the 67th minute when Leon Bonnes converted from close range after Ross Arthurs’ initial shot was deflected into his path.
Loughgall: Robinson, Montgomery, Stretton (Taylor 58m), Copeland, Stewart, P Campbell, McConnell (Crooks 77m), Finlay, Ferguson, Hoey (Mullen 12m), Douglas. Unused subs: Neill, McMaster.
H&W Welders: Robinson, Spence, Armstrong, McMillan, McMurray, Harris (Bonnes 26m), Deans, Gwiazda (Malone 45m), Graham, Arthurs (Boyd 86m), Rainey. Unused subs: Withers, McKeown.