Loughgall made a solid start against a very direct Carniny side in this their latest National League encounter. Loughgall pegged Carniny back in their own half with some neat build up play, and at every opportunity Carniny pumped long balls into the Loughgall half to relieve the Loughgall pressure.
The Carniny goalkeeper was the busiest man on the pitch, saving from Jonathan Ewart and Kyle West before Jonathan Ewart again worked some space for himself in the Carniny penalty area to fire narrowly over the bar.
It was surely only a matter of time before Loughgall opened the scoring and it was again Jonathan Ewart who created the opportunity when he was upended in the Carniny box. Ryan Faulkner stepped up to confidently stroke the penalty kick home.
The Loughgall defence was being well marshalled by Ryan Faulkner, and the only real opportunity which Carniny created in the first half, saw their central midfielder drag his shot wide. Loughgall continued to dominate and it was again Jonathan Ewart driving past his man and into the Carniny penalty box who set up the second Loughgall goal when his low cross was turned in at the back post by Adam Alexander.
With half time approaching Ryan Faulkner showed great composure on the ball to play a perfect pass in behind the Carniny defence for Kyle West to lob the stranded Carniny goal keeper.
Carniny started the second half well and forced a number of corners and it was from one of these that Loughgall failed to clear their lines and Carniny grabbed a lifeline, blasting home from six yards. The game now became very scrappy as Loughgall passes went astray and Carniny continued to be direct and much more competitive in their challenges.
There were some dubious refereeing decisions which bewildered both sets of players and supporters, but the better quality of football was coming from the Loughgall players as Dale Mulligan, Jack Hamilton and Kyle West started to find their team mates feet. It was however a defence splitting pass from Josh Woods which sent Scott McCann clear to coolly lob the Carniny goal keeper to give his side a three goal cushion and some breathing space.
With time now running out, an inch perfect Scott McCann corner was met with authority by the fore head of Tyrek Thompson who crashed home his first goal of the season to conclude the scoring and wrap up a convincing victory for the Loughgall boys.
Loughgall Youth Scorers: Ryan Faulkner (pen), Adam Alexander, Kyle West, Scott McCann & Tyrek Thompson.
Loughgall Youth Man of the Match: Ryan Faulkner (above).
Loughgall Youth squad: Daniel Acheson, Josh Woods, Ryan Faulkner, Jonathan Brown, Scott McCann, Jonathan Ewart (Capt), Tyrek Thompson, Adam Alexander, Dale Mulligan, Ryan Irvine, Zane Brown, Kyle West & Jack Hamilton.