VITAL WIN FOR THE VILLAGERS
Loughgall picked up their second win of the campaign with a crucial defeat of Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park.
Despite a bright start for the Swifts it fell to Loughgall's Nathaniel Ferris to open the scoring with just over a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock after latching onto the ball on the edge of the box and beating Declan Dunne into the bottom right corner.
The visitors almost doubled their advantage midway through the first half only for the Swifts defence to clear Jamie Rea's inswinging corner off the line.
Dungannon pressed for the equaliser as the break loomed, with Matthew Lusty being denied by Berraat Turker while Ethan McGee sent an effort just wide.
The sides traded chances early in the second half with Lusty again thwarted by Turker, followed by a Caolan Loughran free-kick at the other end curling wide.
Rodney McAree's side then came close to levelling when Ben Gallagher struck an effort against the inside of the post but, on 70 minutes, they fell further behind when Jay Boyd - making his debut on loan from Crusaders - fired a strong strike past Dunne into the bottom corner after doing well to control the ball.
The Swifts responded well, and pulled a goal back on 77 minutes courtesy of James Convie's touch from Steven Scott's low cross that was initally palmed away before the rebound came back off him and into the net.
McGee might have grabbed the equaliser late in normal time only to head a Moore corner just over while, in the closing moments, Convie came close to doubling his tally but Turker was able to make the save.
Dungannon Swifts: Dunne, McGee, Curry, Marron, Hegarty, Owens, Devine, Dillon, Gallagher, Moore, Lusty subs J. Scott, S. Scott, Glenny, Galvin, Whiteside, Convie, Morgan
Loughgall: Turker, Rea, Murdock, Kelly, Andrade, Teggart, Ferris, Hoey, Cartwright, Balde, Loughran subs Devine, Brogan, McAleer, Norton, Patton, Magee, Boyd