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Championship

VILLAGERS AND DUNS LEAD THE WAY

19 Nov 2022
football
© Luis Moore/HW Welders Action from the Brandywell

The latest round of Lough 41 Championship action saw Loughgall, Dundela, Warrenpoint Town and Institute all pick up three points.

Leaders Loughgall maintained their seven-point lead at the top courtesy of a two-goal victory over Newington at Solitude.

Robbie Norton opened the scoring with less than a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock when Robbie Norton reacted quickest to the loose ball after the home keeper had saved Nathaniel Ferris' free-kick.

And Ferris played in a part in Loughgall's second early in the second half when he found Nedas Maciulaitis who duly slotted into the bottom corner.

Dundela moved back into second place after a clinical 4-0 defeat of Ballinamallard United at Wilgar Park.

Rhys Annett fired the Duns in front as early as the fourth minute with Tony Kane converting from the spot in first half stoppage time. Kane struck again midway through the second half before Ciaran Dobbin wrapped things up with the last kick of the game.

Annagh United slipped to third after a draw away to Knockbreda. Ganem Tamer Atrach had fired ‘Breda in front with a lob over the keeper around the 15-minute mark, but Stephen Murray hit back early in the second half with a penalty.

Warrenpoint Town stretched their unbeaten run to four games with a 4-2 home win over Dergview with the goals coming from Kealan Dillon, Luke Walsh, Fra McCaffrey in the first half and Alan O’Sullivan in the final quarter-of-an-hour.

In the evening kick-off Ards and Ballyclare Comrades shared six goals at Clandeboye Park.

Adam Salley handed Ards the advantage on 13 minutes, but Caomhan McGuinness levelled just before the half-hour mark.

Matthew Tipton's side were reduced to ten men following TJ Murray's dismissal not long after that, but they responded well to lead at the break through Greg Hall.

Gary Donnelly levelled for Ballyclare on the hour, but Salley restored Ards' lead moments later from the spot. Donnelly then completed the scoring to ensure it finished honours even.

Meanwhile, at the Brandywell, an Orrin McLaughlin volley late in the first half earned Institute the points from HW Welders’ visit to the North West.