Mallen kicks off cup defence with goal and assist

Steven Hawe.
Steven Hawe.

Loughgall’s defence of the Bob Radcliffe Cup featured a convincing 4-0 defeat of Camlough Rovers on Saturday.

The Mid-Ulster-based outfit worked hard across the clash as Loughgall struggled to settle.

Long-range sights of goal dominated the early exchanges before Loughgall broke the deadlock past the half-hour mark.

Stuart Mallen attacked from the left-back position and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Mallen was at the heart of the Villagers’ second goal thanks to a measured cross on 60 minutes which Marcus Dallas directed home.

It handed the in-form Dallas a second goal in three appearances.

Rea proved a threat from the wing and ghosted into space on a number of occasions, with two headers especially dangerous - the first off Dallas’ corner-kick delivery which the goalkeeper saved, then the second bounced off the post following Wilson Taveres’ good work.

Loughgall added to the tally on 78 minutes when a well-worked free-kick routine ended with Rea’s attempt turned into the net by Ricky Copeland.

Daniel Ryan climbed off the sidelines to create space and steer home the final goal with a slick individual effort.

LOUGHGALL: Gareth Buchanan, Wilson Taveres, Stuart Mallen, Ricky Copeland, Aaron Walsh, Gary Henderson, Steven Ferguson, Marcus Dallas, Matt McMahon, Warner Mullen, Jamie Rea. Subs: Ross Wilson, Daniel Ryan, Wesley Boyle.

Loughgall play host to Banbridge Town on Tuesday in the Mid-Ulster Cup at Lakeview Park.

Annagh United will welcome Dollingstown on the same night, with both ties to start at 7.45.

The Villagers’ Bob Radcliffe Cup quarter-final clash on Saturday, September 26 will take place against the winners of tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) meeting between Glenavon reserves and Hanover.

Annagh United must visit Dungannon Rovers.