Loughgall coach in search of final win to secure club’s Championship safety

Loughgall's Aaron Patterson.
Loughgall's Aaron Patterson.

Loughgall must play the waiting game before attempting to gain the crucial victory required to guarantee NIFL Championship One safety.

Defeat by Knockbreda last weekend on a 2-0 tally has kept Loughgall still in the relegation battle.

Remaining fixtures against Lisburn Distillery and Donegal Celtic present chances for the Villagers to confirm safety.

Loughgall have a blank date this weekend, however, then travel to Distillery on April 18 before closing out the campaign at Lakeview Park on April 25 against Donegal Celtic.

“Mathematically, I still feel we need one more win to make us safe for sure,” said Steven Hawe, the Loughgall coach. “We had been on a decent run of form going into the Knockbreda match and created a few chances.

“However, we were without some key men but, thankfully, can expect a full panel for the Distillery trip.

“When Noel Mitchell took over in the New Year as manager our goal was to have the relegation situation within Loughgall’s control.

“That is the case so we just want to get over the line now.”


Lakeview Park will stage a double marquee celebration across a weekend towards the end of May.

The visit by current PDC World champion Gary Anderson for a darts display will take place on Friday, May 22.

The following day - Saturday, May 23 - will mark a charity boxing exhibition in association with the Armagh Blues and Banbridge Rangers football clubs.

Both meetings will take place under a marquee at Loughgall Football Club.

“We are delighted to announce the double-header,” said a Loughgall spokesman. “Tickets are selling fast for the visit by Gary Anderson and we still have sponsorship opportunities available for the business community.

“The boxing has been arranged to benefit Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI.

“We have seven fights on the bill between the three clubs.

“Massive thanks to everyone who has helped to support our plans.”

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