White has trophy treble in sight as rally drivers prepare for weekend meeting around Loughgall Country Park

Loughgall Country Park will stage a rally this weekendt. Pic by Gary Craig.

Loughgall Country Park will stage a rally this weekendt. Pic by Gary Craig.

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Loughgall Country Park will be back in the motorsport spotlight this weekend with a 50-strong Stages Rally entry list.

Fresh from playing host to the popular Festival Of Motorsport, the impressive venue will attract race fans tomorrow (Saturday) morning from 9.30 across the Rainbow Communications Loughgall Stages Rally.

The two-wheel drive rally has attracted a leading field - with Keith White aiming to complete a win treble.

Damian McCann is set to return as White’s navigator following the success of the partnership last year.

Jim McKenna - the 2013 runner-up - is expected to prove competitive along with Davy Armstrong, the latter third across the past two appearances.

Racing will run from 9.30 and Councillor Darryn Causby, the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, will flag off the first car.

Anyone interested in helping on the day as volunteer marshal should contact Eddie Martin on 07727960594.

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Craigavon Cowboys enjoyed success on home soil last weekend by 20-14 in the Irish American Football League.

South Dublin Panthers arrived at Chambers Park with a record that matched the hosts but Cowboys’ positive start provided the foundation for victory.

Panthers posted the first score of the clash but Cowboys recovered to take control.

Peter Loughran - the Cowboys quarterback - found tightend Conrad Smith to close the gap to 7-6.

Strong play by the home defence led to some positive field position for Cowboys, with the offence on target courtesy of Loughran’s pass finding Ryan Whiteside and the latter caught a contested ball then fell into the end zone.

Luis Alberto slotted over the PAT to put Cowboys clear by 13-7.

Loughran made his mark again by picking out Smith and he smashed past two defenders to dive over the line.

Alberto converted the touchdown but Panthers hit back to make it 20-14.

James Trouton collected a last-gasp misplaced Panthers pass to seal victory.

Cowboys now sit with a 2-3 record for the Irish American Football League season entering the closing three fixtures.

The next test is planned at Chambers Park on Sunday, May 31 from 2 o’clock against Belfast Trojans.