Loughgall suffer due to late collapse

Loughgall manager Steven Hawe.
Loughgall manager Steven Hawe.

Loughgall threw away a two-goal lead on Saturday as Knockbreda rallied to win 3-2 and lift themselves off the bottom.

Both sides went close in the first half. Firstly Marcus Dallas forced Knockbreda goalkeeper Ryan McBride into a tremendous save.

Then Breda strikers Simon Hanna and Owen Beggs combined for Beggs to see his shot tipped over by Loughgall keeper Gareth Buchanan.

Loughgall broke the deadlock four minutes into the second period when Warner Mullen set up strike partner Aaron Patterson to rifle home.

The Villagers doubled their lead in the 57th minute when a superb attacking move culminated in Mullen slipping in winger Peter Campbell to fire across goal and into the far corner.

Knockbreda pulled a goal back on 72 minutes when Matthew King’s hopeful ball into the penalty area was attacked by substitute Michael Halliday who powered a header beyond Buchanan.

The leveller came eight minutes remaining when Stephen Cockcroft’s long-throw caused confusion and substitute Jake McNeill poked home.

Mark Cooling then won and scored a penalty to complete a fantastic comeback on 86 minutes when he was fouled by Stuart Mallen inside the penalty area.

LOUGHGALL: Buchanan, Taylor, Mallen, Copeland, Finlay, Dallas (Elliott 85), Upritchard, Ferguson, Patterson, Mullen (McMaster 81), Campbell (McCann 75).

Subs: McInerney.