BANNSIDERS GET THE BETTER OF THE VILLAGERS
Coleraine got the better of Loughgall by the odd goal in three at Lakeview Park to move into an early position at the top of the table.
Loughgall, following on from last week's opening day victory, opened the scoring as early as the second minute with a confident close range finish past Gareth Deane.
However Conor McKendry levelled for the visitors just a couple of minutes after that, again from close range.
The Bannsiders then edged in front midway through the first half. Andy Scott did well to play Andrew Mitchell through, and he showed his composure by sending a left footed effort low past keeper Berraat Turker.
Mitchell might have extended Coleraine's advantage early in the second half only to send the ball just past the far post while, a little after that, Scott forced a diving save from Turker.
Pablo Andrade came close to levelling for Loughgall after finding himself in space, only to see his effort parried to safety by Deane.
Coleraine were presented with an opportunity to put the game to bed with seven minutes remaining after being awarded a spot-kick but Turker did well to guess the right way and save Dean Jarvis' effort.
Loughgall had one last chance to secure a point from the game when, in stoppage time, Caolan Loughran could only nod narrowly wide from Caolan McAleer's free-kick.
Loughgall: Turker, Rea, Murdock, Kelly, Andrade, Teggart, Ferris, Hoey, Cartwright, Balde, Loughran subs Devine, McAleer, Norton, Patton, McMenemy, Carroll, Magee
Coleraine: Deane, Kane, D. Jarvis, Kelly, McKendry, Lowry, McDaid, Lynch, Glackin, Mitchell, Scott subs Donnelly, A. Jarvis, Farren, O'Mahony, McCrudden, McLaughlin, Doherty