Loughgall disappointment on two fronts

Steven Ferguson working hard in the Loughgall midfield last weekend against Lurgan Celtic.INPT33-351
Steven Ferguson working hard in the Loughgall midfield last weekend against Lurgan Celtic.INPT33-351

Loughgall lost out on the road in Tuesday’s 3-1 reverse by Larne.

The League Cup exit arrived despite Loughgall breaking the deadlock after just nine minutes.

Ciaran Murray found the net for Larne with a low drive that nestled over the line via the upright.

The hosts increased the advantage courtesy of a Paul Maguire finish.

The Villagers cut the gap past the hour mark thanks to substitute John Uprichard.

The former Mid-Ulster Football League forward hit the heights to head home a Stuart Mallen delivery.

However, the next goal arrived for the home side off Michael Smith’s last-gasp solo effort.

Loughgall produced a number of positives to take into tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) home date with Institute from 3 o’clock at Lakeview Park.

It marked a second defeat for Loughgall inside four days as Lurgan Celtic left Lakeview Park with the weekend spoils.

A penalty kick from Chris Lavery proved decisive - with appeals from the Loughgall camp dismissed by referee Damien Basketfield.

The match official deemed Gary Henderson’s sliding challenge on Aaron Haire as a foul approaching the final 12 minutes.

Captain Steven Ferguson returned to the starting line-up and fired goalwards early on without success, with Henderson also attempting to break the deadlock from distance.

Matt McMahon carved out a chance for Warner Mullen then Loughgall had Ferguson to thank for a clearance off the line.

However, the penalty kick proved decisive.