22 Jan 2022
© Luis Moore/HW Welders FC Action from the Blanchflower Stadium as Queen's University defeated HW Welders

The latest round of Lough 41 Championship games produced important victories at both ends of the table for Newry City, Annagh United and Queen's University, while Dergview collected a crucial three points in the push for a top six finish.

In the top of the table clash at Ferney Park leaders Newry City swept to a two-goal win over second placed Ballinamallard United. Scoreless at the break, Darren Mullen's side edged in front courtesy of a Darren Hughes set piece before, with around a quarter-of-an-hour remaining, John McGovern doubled their advantage with a header.

At the bottom of the table Queen's University made it three wins in a row across all competitions with victory away to HW Welders. Goals from Adam Robinson and Lorcan McIlroy put the Students into a strong position at half-time and although the Welders pulled one back through Alan McMurtry's spot-kick it wasn't enough to salvage something from the game.

It was a good day, too, for Dergview as they got the better of Institute at Darragh Park. Tommy Canning's charges struck twice before the break through Matthew Buchanan and Matthew Kirk, but 'Stute came back into proceedings around the hour courtesy of Brendan McLaughlin's penalty. However, Mikhail Kennedy restored the home two-goal advantage with just over 20 minutes remaining to move Dergview level with sixth placed Ards on points.

Ards had gone down at home on Friday night against Annagh United, the only goal of the game coming via Ruairi McDonald's finish just before the break.

In the early kick-off Knockbreda twice came from behind to earn a point at home to Ballyclare Comrades. Jason Johnston fired the visitors in front as early as the first minute but 'Breda skipper Ross McCaughan levelled midway through the first half. Ciaran Dobbin then restored Ballyclare's lead on the hour before Nathan O'Neill bagged Knockbreda's second equaliser just over ten minutes later.

Meanwhile there was nothing between Dundela and Loughgall in a scoreless draw at Wilgar Park.

The only Premier Intermediate League game of the weekend saw Dollingstown hit five goals without reply past Tobermore United at Planter's Park. Two from Oisin Barr plus finishes from Ben Neill, Liam Toman and Mark McCabe ensured a comfortable three points for the Dollybirds.