22 Apr 2023
© Paul Harvey Calvin McCurry finds the net for Ballyclare Comrades

The battle for survival in the Lough 41 Championship will go down to the final day of the season after an intriguing set of results in the penultimate round of games.

Knockbreda are still bottom of the table, but they kept their hopes of a play-off spot alive after carving out a 1-1 draw at home to Dergview.

Ewan McCoubrey opened the scoring for ‘Breda as early as the third minute, a lead they held until just before the hour when Jamie Browne levelled for the visitors.

Institute, in 11th spot, are just two points ahead after their 2-0 reversal to Newington at the Brandywell.

Scoreless at the break, goals from Michael Morgan and Eamonn Hughes either side of the hour saw the Swans secure the points that secured their own survival.

Warrenpoint Town, now looking forward to a promotion play-off battle with Dungannon Swifts, defeated champions Loughgall at Lakeview Park.

Dauda Shotayo opened the scoring for ‘Point midway through the first half before Kirk McLaughlin levelled on the stroke of half-time. However, Adam Wixted bagged what proved to be the winner just after the hour – and had the ball in the net again not long after that only for it to be ruled out offside.

Annagh United picked up their first win in 11 outings with a four-goal defeat of Dundela at the BMG Arena.

Stephen Murray bagged the opener on 29 minutes and then doubled up early in the second half. Peter Duffin and Niall McGinley also found the net after the break as Ciaran McGurgan’s side ran out comfortable winners.

Ballyclare Comrades were highest scorers of the day with a 5-1 home thumping of Ards.

The Comrades held a commanding lead at the break with Conall McGrandles, Calvin McCurry and Darius Roohi all finding the net before McCurry (again) and Conall Doherty scored after the break. Adam Salley struck a stoppage time consolation for the visitors.

Meanwhile, at Ferney Park, Ballinamallard edged to a 3-2 victory over HW Welders.

Nick Palmer got the Mallards off to a great start with two goals inside the opening 20 minutes but a Matthew Ferguson double ten minutes before and after the break saw the Welders battle back onto level terms. However, Josh McIlwaine struck late in the game to grab the win for Harry McConkey’s side.