29 Jan 2022
© Luis Moore/HW Welders

Newry City remain comfortably out in front at the top of the table, but the chasing pack can barely be separated following another round of Lough 41 Championship action.

Darren Mullen's side kicked the weekend off on Friday evening when Philip Donnelly's 37th minute finish was enough to secure victory over Dundela at The Showgrounds.

Loughgall were the big winners on Saturday, hitting four goals past Knockbreda at Lakeview Park. One up at the break through Tiernan Kelly, the Villagers pushed on against the ten man visitors - who had skipper Ross McCaughan sent-off in the first half - with goals from Caolan McAleer, Nathaniel Ferris and Nedas Maciulaitis whilst Max Greer had levelled for Knockbreda at one point.

The win moved Dean Smith's side second ahead of Ballinamallard United and Annagh United on goal difference.

The Mallards shared four goals with Ballyclare Comrades at Dixon Park whilst Annagh played out a scoreless draw at home to Dergview.

Jason Johnston opened the scoring for Ballyclare late in the first half but goals after the break from Callum Moorehead and Sean McEvoy tipped the balance in favour of the Mallards before Andrew Mooney levelled for the home side with around 20 minutes remaining.

HW Welders came from behind to defeat Institute at the Blanchflower Stadium. Brendan McLaughlin fired 'Stute in front after half-an-hour from the spot but Callum Byers levelled later in the first half, before Michael McLellan claimed what proved to be the winner not long after the interval.

Queen's University made it four wins in a row in all competitions with a 2-1 home victory over Ards. Ronan Young edged the Students in front early in the game with Chris Middleton making it 2-0 not long into the second half. Joe Tully pulled one back for Ards but late red cards for Benny Igiehon and Christopher Crane made it an afternoon to forget for the visitors.