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Championship

LOUGH 41 CHAMPIONSHIP: WEEK NINE RECAP

25 Sep 2021
football
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Ards are the new Lough 41 Championship leaders following a Friday night defeat of Ballyclare Comrades, and there were also victories this weekend for HW Welders, Knockbreda and Institute.

John Bailie's side moved to the top after hitting three goals without reply past the Comrades. Patrick Cafolla struck just before the half-hour mark to open the scoring, Ross Arthurs added a second as half-time approached with Calvin McCurry completing the scoring four minutes from time.

Ards are tied on 19 points at the summit with former leaders Newry City after Darren Mullen's side were held at home by bottom of the table Dundela. Eoin Kane fired the Duns in front on 64 minutes but Mark Kelly levelled for City with three minutes remaining.

Three teams, including Ballyclare, are tied on 16 points, with Loughgall edging third spot on goal difference. They battled to a scoreless draw away to Ballinamallard United while another of that trio, Annagh United, went down 1-0 at home to HW Welders as a result of Callum Byers' 87th minute winner.

Institute continued their return to form with a 1-0 defeat of Queen's University at The Dub with Brendan McLaughlin bagging the only goal midway through the second half.

Elsewhere, Knockbreda raced into a three-goal lead at home to Dergview. Cillin Gilmour opened the scoring inside the first minute, Lee Rea added a second around the quarter-of-an-hour mark with Anthony Burns knocking home a third on 27 minutes.

Dergview did come back through Benny Igiehon and Cathal Farren either side of the hour but it wasn't enough to salvage something from the game for Tommy Canning's side.