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28 Jan 2023
© HW Welders FC HW Welders celebrate their victory over Dergview

It’s as you were at the top of the Lough 41 Championship following victories for the leading trio but there were significant results at the other end of the table too.

Annagh United still lead the way courtesy of a Stephen Murray inspired victory over fourth placed Dundela at Wilgar Park.

Murray helped himself to a hat-trick with a goal either side of the break before claiming the match ball midway through the second half from the spot.

Aaron Duke hit both goals as Loughgall, still in second, travelled to Fermanagh to defeat Ballinamallard United. He knocked home a first half penalty and doubled up with just over 20 minutes left on the clock.

Adam Carroll also bagged a brace as third placed Warrenpoint Town got the better of Newington at Milltown. He kicked the scoring off after eight minutes after being teed up by Ray O’Sullivan before making it 2-0 early in the second half.

Matthew Ferguson hit a hat-trick too as his goals saw HW Welders ease past Dergview at the Blanchflower Stadium. A bullet header after a quarter-of-an-hour was followed by a second on 56 minutes before he made the most of a defensive mishap a few minutes after that.

Knockbreda remain bottom of the table but they collected an important 2-1 victory away to Ballyclare Comrades to close the gap on the sides immediately above them.

Anto Burns opened the scoring with a 12th minute spot-kick before Igor Rutkowski made it 2-0 after the break. Gary Donnelly bagged a late consolation for the Comrades but ‘Breda held on for the points.

Meanwhile, at the Brandywell, Institute and Ards shared the goals. Calvin McCallion marked his debut for ‘Stute just after the half-hour mark with Patrick Cafolla levelling for Ards with a well placed header a few minutes after that.