After suffering a heavy defeat against Linfield in their last match, Loughgall u13s returned to form with a decisive 2-0 victory over Glentoran in the National League A Section.
The game began with Loughgall playing into a stiff breeze and the game took 15 minutes to settle after a frantic opening period when both teams worked hard to gain the upper hand but with neither team producing any real fluency or chances. Loughgalls defence of Sean Quigley, Cameron Faulkner, Jason Dodds and Jac McElveen were very impressive during the first half as they comfortably dealt with the Glentoran forwards and reduced the oppositions scoring chances to a couple of hopeful long range efforts. Indeed Loughgall created a couple of half chances in the Glens penalty area but were unable to capitalise on some hesitant defending and Loughgall were pleased to reach half time with the game scoreless.
The second half saw a determined Loughgall team come out and dominate the second half and they were the first to create an opening when Sam Barretts volley was tipped around the post by Glentorans keeper. Loughgall were starting to move the ball around better and create pressure on Glentorans defence and started to force a number of corner kicks. It was from one of these corners that Loughgall took the lead when Kris Cowan and Jack Scott took a short corner while Glentoran were still organising their defence and from the resulting cross Adam Wright smashed an excellent strike into the top corner. After the goal Loughgall continued to push forward but despite a number of goalmouth scrambles they couldn’t find a second goal. As they pushed forward Glentoran caught Loughgall on the break as their forward raced clear only for his effort to be tipped on to the crossbar by Sam Monaghan and then with Glentorans forward looking certain to score from the rebound Sean Quigley somehow managed to heroically block the effort as the ball deflected past the post. This proved to be the Glens last chance and soon Loughgall did double their lead in spectacular fashion as Jack Scott broke free in midfield before firing a stunning strike from 25 yards into the net to send the home supporters into raptures.
Indeed Loughgall almost scored a third when after defending a Glentoran free kick on the edge of the box they broke the length of the pitch as Kris Cowan released Chris Whiteside to outpace the Glens defence only for his effort to be well saved leaving Loughgall victorious by 2 goals to 0.
This was another impressive display from the ever improving team as they continue to move up the table as the season draws to a close.
Team: Sam Monaghan, Mark Palmer, Jac McElveen, Jason Dodds, Cameron Faulkner, Adam Wright, Ryan Fearon, Sam McKew, Sam Barrett, Chris Whiteside, Sean Quigley, Jack Scott, David Cochrane