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Championship

A TENSE WEEKEND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

03 Dec 2022
football
© Luis Moore/HW Welders Action from Darragh Park

A big afternoon of Lough 41 Championship action produced a number of competitively fought games and a huge result at the foot of the table.

But it all began on Friday evening as second placed Annagh United cruised to a three-goal defeat of Dundela at the BMG Arena.

Ciaran McGurgan’s side moved in front through Stephen Murray on 18 minutes, Ruairi McDonald doubled up early in the second half before Ben Eagle added a third in stoppage time.

Leaders Loughgall came from behind on Saturday to earn a point at home to Ballinamallard United. Both goals came in the first half with Mark Stafford opening the scoring for the visitors as early as the eighth minute and Pablo Andrade levelling for the Villagers moments from the break.

At the other end of the table Matthew Ferguson bagged a hat-trick as HW Welders defeated Dergview in a dramatic encounter at Darragh Park.

The Welders were cruising after a double from Ferguson just after the half-hour and hour seemed to set the seal on a comfortable victory, but the home side hit back through a Mikhail Kennedy 80th minute spot-kick before levelling five minutes into stoppage time.

However, there was still time for Ferguson to bag his third of the afternoon to claim a much needed victory for Paul Kee’s side.

Warrenpoint Town needed just a goal to get the better of Newington at Solitude, with Alan O’Sullivan nodding home the decisive strike midway through the first half.

Ards and Institute shared the goals at Clandeboye Park with both strikes in a 1-1 draw coming early in the second half.

Mark McFadden edged ‘Stute in front on 47 minutes after the ball fell for him six yards out while Ethan Taggart levelled for Ards eight minutes later from a Salou Jallow lay-off.

And it was a similar outcome at Breda Park. Anto Burns opened the scoring for ‘Breda after 49 minutes with a finish into the roof of the net, before Calvin McCurry converted from close range midway through the second half to secure a point for Ballyclare Comrades.