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Championship

MORE TWISTS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

26 Nov 2022
football

Another round of Lough 41 Championship action produced the usual healthy serving of unexpected results, late goals and no shortage of drama.

Leaders Loughgall suffered a shock after going down by two goals away to Dergview on Saturday afternoon.

Mikhail Kennedy opened the scoring for Tommy Canning’s side after just ten minutes, with Stephen Doherty doubling up seven minutes from the break.

There were no such issues for second placed Annagh United who swept past HW Welders on Friday evening in a game streamed live on NIFL’s YouTube channel from the Blanchflower Stadium.

Ruairi McDonald edged Annagh into the lead on 13 minutes, but that was how it stayed until just after the hour when Niall Henderson doubled the lead for the visitors. Stephen Murray then added a third with ten minutes remaining with Eric Akassou bagging a late consolation for the Welders.

Also on Friday, Dundela lost by the odd goal in seven at home to Newington.

The Swans got off to a blistering start with Matthew Gorman, Francis Brennan and Patrick Downey all finding the net in the opening 17 minutes.

Eamon Fyfe pulled one back for the Duns midway through the first half, with Ciaran Dobbin reducing the deficit further just before the hour.

However Gary Warwick hit a fourth for the visitors to make sure of the points, although Jay Magee did bag a third for the Duns in stoppage time.

Returning to Saturday, Ards beat Warrenpoint Town 4-1 in an eventful game at Milltown.

Ryan Swan had given ‘Point the lead on 19 minutes but Daniel Reynolds levelled for Ards before the half-hour mark. Warrenpoint then suffered the dismissals of Fra McCaffrey and then Swan within a minute of each other at the end of the first half.

Despite this the nine men held out until a seven-minute spell late in the second half. Salou Jallow edged Ards in front on 76 minutes with Adam Salley then finding the net twice in three minutes not long after that to secure the win for Matt Tipton’s side.

Elsewhere, Caolan McAleer bagged the late winner as Ballinamallard United came back from a goal down to defeat Knockbreda at Ferney Park while Conall Curran struck in the 81st minute to give Ballyclare Comrades the advantage over Institute at Dixon Park.