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Championship

WINS FOR VILLAGERS, 'STUTE, DUNS AND ANNAGH

26 Feb 2022
football
© Ballinamallard United FC Action from the Brandywell

The latest round of Lough 41 Championship fixtures produced victories for Annagh United, Loughgall, Institute and Dundela while it finished all square at Dixon Park and Darragh Park.

A top of the table clash kicked the weekend action off on Friday night when Annagh United, in second place, defeated leaders Newry City at The Showgrounds. Goals from Stephen Murray, Aaron Rogers and Adam Carroll saw Ciaran McGurgan's side close the gap between the sides to just a point.

Third placed Ballinamallard United lost a little ground on the leading duo with a 2-1 defeat away to Institute. BJ Banda had opened the scoring after a quarter-of-an-hour but Brendan McLaughlin levelled eight minutes from the break before what appeared to be a Richard Clarke own goal around the hour mark saw 'Stute claim the points.

Loughgall closed the gap on fourth placed HW Welders with victory at the Blanchflower Stadium. Michael McLellan fired the Welders in front after just eight minutes, but two second half Nathaniel Ferris goal saw the Villagers win through in the end.

Dundela also came from behind to win away to Knockbreda. Liam McKenna opened the scoring for 'Breda direct from a corner after just two minutes, but goals from Eoghan McCawl and Craig Farquhar saw Niall Currie's emerge victorious.

Meanwhile, at Dixon Park, Leon Bonnes struck just before the half-hour mark to cancel out Kyle Beggs' 14th minute opener in the clash between Ballyclare Comrades and Queen's University.

And at Darragh Park, Ards twice came from behind to earn a point away to Dergview. Matthew Kirk opened the scoring on 18 minutes from the spot before Christopher Crane levelled after half-an-hour. Niall Fielding restored Dergview's lead midway through the second half with Ross Arthurs knocking home Ards' second equaliser ten minutes after that.