09 Oct 2021
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It was a winning weekend for Ards, Ballyclare Comrades, HW Welders and Annagh United as the first full round of fixtures concluded in the Lough 41 Championship.

Ards staged a remarkable comeback to recover from going a man and two goals down to defeat Knockbreda at Breda Park and move back to the top of the table.

John Bailie's side suffered the dismissal of Jaimie McGovern just after the half-hour mark and shipped two goals in quick succession not long after that but stormed back after the break through Calvin McCurry and Salou Jallow to draw level going into the closing moments before McCurry struck again for what proved to be the winner.

Newry went into the game with an identical record to Ards but lost ground following a 1-1 draw at home to Loughgall. Alan Teggart gave the Villagers the lead after 19 minutes, an advantage they held for over three quarters of an hour before James Teelan bagged Newry's equaliser.

Callum Byers grabbed a late winner for HW Welders at Darragh Park as they got the better of Dergview by the odd goal in three. Benny Igiehon fired the home side in front after half-an-hour but Scott Davidson levelled soon after with Byers striking with four minutes remaining to claim the points.

It was a much more straightforward win for Annagh United over Queen's University at The Dub. Both goals in their 2-0 victory came in the first half through Stephen Murray early on and Ryan Harpur just before the break.

Unfortunately, the Ballinamallard United-Institute clash at Ferney Park had to be abandoned in the first half due to an injury sustained by 'Stute's Niall Grace.

Meanwhile, on Friday night, Liam McKenna's 17th minute strike proved enough to give Ballyclare Comrades the edge over Dundela at Dixon Park.