‘TIMES’ VIDEO: Hawe looks back on Loughgall cup semi-final

Loughgall joint manager Steven Hawe took time out of the post-match celebrations to reflect on Loughgall’s Bob Radcliffe Cup semi-final success against Annagh United.

Warner Mullen’s second-half double secured a 2-1 victory over 10-man Annagh United to send defending champions Loughgall marching into another final.

Marcus Dallas (left) under pressure from Annagh United's Philip Craig at Tandragee Road in the Bob Radcliffe Cup semi-final success for Loughgall.INPT48-130.

Marcus Dallas (left) under pressure from Annagh United's Philip Craig at Tandragee Road in the Bob Radcliffe Cup semi-final success for Loughgall.INPT48-130.

The last-four tie at Tandragee Road proved a repeat of last year’s festive showpiece - with Loughgall, once again, gaining the upper hand over an Annagh side unable to finish with a full quota of players.

Mullen, who scored in the 2014 final on Boxing Day when Scott McCordick was sent off, handed Loughgall control on Tuesday in the aftermath of a red card for Andy Smith.

Smith, a former Loughgall favourite, picked up two yellow cards and Annagh’s problems increased seven minutes after the dismissal when Mullen stepped up to curl a free-kick home.

Annagh responded by introducing teenage winger Jake Keegan off the sidelines and he levelled the tie on 71 minutes. Jaime Gardiner capped a promising run by feeding Keegan and the substitute attacked the penalty area before eventually steering home a curling shot.

Extra-time appeared an option until Mullen made his mark for the second time by picking up Ricky Copeland’s pass from deep and drilling a low drive under the body of Marc Robinson.

ANNAGH UNITED: Marc Robinson, Mark Stewart, Bryan Pentland, Stephen Acheson, Richard Allen, Philip Craig, Andy Smith, Stephen Park, Scott McCordick, Andy Moore, Jaime Gardiner. Subs: Jordan Campbell, Jamie Smith, Francis McCann, Scott Rea, Jake Keegan.

LOUGHGALL: Gareth Buchanan, Graham Taylor, Stuart Mallen, Ricky Copeland, Nicky Hudson, Aaron Walsh, Marcus Dallas, Gary Henderson, Warner Mullen, Daniel Ryan, Jamie Rea. Subs: Wesley Boyle, Ross Wilson, John Uprichard, Josh Finlay, Mark Dane.

Loughgall will now face Armagh City at Lakeview Park on Boxing Day, with kick-off at 11 o’clock.