21 Jan 2023
© Paul Harvey Action from the Blanchflower Stadium as HW Welders swept past Ballyclare Comrades

There’s a change at the top of the Lough 41 Championship while the chasing pack close in as the race for promotion took another twist.

Annagh United moved into pole position despite being held to a scoreless draw at home by bottom of the table Knockbreda, and missing a penalty after Gerard Storey failed to score from the spot early in the second half.

Ciaran McGurgan’s men made the most of morning leaders Loughgall’s narrow defeat at Lakeview Park to fourth placed Dundela.

Despite creating a number of chances through the Villagers were undone by a superb William Faulkner finish with 20 minutes remaining.

Adam Carroll bagged a hat-trick as Warrenpoint Town came from behind to record a 5-3 victory over Ards in a dramatic encounter at Clandeboye Park.

Adam Salley had fired Ards into a two-goal lead with barely five minutes on the clock but ‘Point pulled one back through Ryan Swan midway through the first half before Carroll levelled in stoppage time.

Greg Hall edged Ards back in front moments after the interval but Carroll levelled again before the hour. Swan handed the visitors the lead for the first time on 72 minutes with Carroll wrapping things up just five minutes after that.

Mikhail Kennedy also claimed the match ball after his three goals saw Dergview sweep to victory over Newington at Darragh Park.

Opening the scoring on four minutes, the former Northern Ireland U21 international doubled up on 21 minutes and completed the scoring not long after the hour.

Meanwhile, at the Blanchflower Stadium, HW Welders hit five goals past Ballyclare Comrades.

Michael McLellan broke the deadlock after just seven minutes, with Matthew Ferguson adding a second late in the first half.

The Comrades pulled one back courtesy of an own goal early in the second half but Ferguson and McLellan struck again to put the issue beyond doubt, before Daniel McClay hit a fifth in stoppage time.