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Loughgall deny Larne the chance to climb league table

By Ian Cahoon

Published 01/02/2016

On target: Larne’s Guillaume Keke scored for his side
On target: Larne’s Guillaume Keke scored for his side

Larne missed out on the opportunity to move into third place in the Championship 1 table after being held to a 2-2 draw by Loughgall.

David McAlinden's men found themselves two goals down inside the first half hour but fought back to level and had numerous chances to win the match.

Warner Mullen followed up his hat-trick last week with another brace at Inver Park to put the visitors in a commanding position.

His first was a well placed effort into the top corner from 20 yards and the second came from the penalty spot, after debutant Colin Nixon was adjudged to have fouled Daniel Ryan inside the box.

However, goals either side of half-time from Paul Maguire and Guillaume Keke rescued a point for the hosts.

Second placed Harland & Wolff Welders saw their game at Armagh City abandoned with 20 minutes left on the clock because of persistent snow.

Eamon Kelly gave City the lead on 14 minutes, but that was cancelled out by a strike from Welders midfielder Scott Davidson before the break.

Snow continued to fall in the second half and referee Stephen Taylor made the decision to call the game to a halt on 70 minutes.

Bangor, meanwhile, have slumped to seventh following their 3-1 defeat at home to Annagh United.

Scott McCordick fired the away side into a first half lead, only to see it cancelled out by Paul McDowell ahead of McCordick completing his hat-trick after the break.

Knockbreda's fine form continued as they recorded a 3-1 win at Dixon Park against Ballyclare Comrades to move into sixth place in the table.

Jonny McClurg headed the Comrades into an early lead but it was cancelled out by a Jordan Hughes penalty.

Matty Johnston was sent off for Knockbreda, but the Comhosts' advantage didn't last long as Sandy McDermott also saw red. Simon Hanna converted a penalty 16 minutes from time before Dylan Wilson wrapped up the points for 'Breda.

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