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01 May 2022

Newry City finally clinched the Lough 41 Championship title with a final day victory over Dergview, although it was bad news for Queen's University who were relegated after a dramatic afternoon at the foot of the table.

Champions elect for a few weeks now, City mathematically made sure of the title - and promotion - after thumping six goals past Dergview at The Showgrounds. James Teelan bagged two goals just before the break to set the ball rolling before Brian Healy, Mark Kelly, John McGovern and Odhrán Casey added to the tally in the second half.

But it was a much more tense afternoon at the other end of the table. Knockbreda and Queen's University were locked in a battle to avoid the drop, with both knowing a positive result in their respective games would likely secure a play-off spot.

Queen's needed a victory, and twice led at home Ards while 'Breda trailed to Institute for most of the game at the Brandywell. That dreaded bottom spot changed hands at various points throughout the afternoon but, in the end, both lost resulting in relegation for the Students and a play-off place for Knockbreda.

Annagh United, who will face town neighbours Portadown in the promotion play-offs next week, fielded a young and inexperienced squad away to Loughgall and were duly thrashed 12-1 by the Villagers.

Caolan McAleer bagged a hat-trick for Loughgall while Nedas Maciulaitis and Andrew Hoey knocked home two apiece. Other goals came from Ben Murdock, Lee McMenemy, Jamie Rea, Mark Patton and Pablo Andrade on a remarkable afternoon at Lakeview Park.

Elsewhere, Ballyclare Comrades ended their season on a high note with a 2-1 win over Dundela at Dixon Park while HW Welders and Ballinamallard United equally shared four goals at the Blanchflower Stadium.