Ferris brothers leading the way in tense title shoot-out
A sibling rivalry is beginning to brew at the top of the Bluefin Sport Championship after brothers Callum and Nathaniel Ferris both bagged braces to keep their teams locked on points at the summit.
Callum struck twice in the first-half to help Portadown to a 3-0 victory over Knockbreda that keeps them top on goal difference.
It wasn't until Lee Bonis struck the third 13 minutes from time that the points were secured though, against a Knockbreda side who had former Linfield youth coach Colin McIlrath in charge for the first time after Lee Forsythe left the club last week.
Older brother Nathaniel scored in each half as Loughgall hit PSNI for six at Lakeview Park, meaning that just four goals separate them and the Ports.
Jordan Gibson and Peter Campbell also netted in the first-half and Loughgall then powered on to victory after the break as Ferris got his second as well Andrew Hoey and Dale Malone adding their names to the scoresheet.
Ballinamallard United remain just two points behind the leaders after their 2-1 derby victory over Dergview.
A Richard Clarke penalty gave them an early lead before Matty Smyth headed home from a corner to make it 2-0. Simon McGlynn got Dergview back into the game just before the break, but they couldn't mount a comeback in the second period.
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Dundela also claimed a 2-1 derby victory, coming from behind to win at H&W Welders.
Matthew Ferguson gave the Welders an early lead, but the Duns had the game won by half-time thanks to an equaliser from Ryan Nimick and a penalty from Carl McComb.
Newry City claimed a 1-0 victory at Ballyclare Comrades to complete a winning day for the top five; Darren King's first-half strike enough to give them the points.
Ards were the only top-six team not to win as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Queen's University.
Dylan Wilson had given Ards a dream start when he scored after just five minutes, but the Students were ahead by half-time as Jonah Mitchell and Matthew Hughes scored.
Former Ards man Mitchell then sealed the win with a second-half penalty.
RESULTS: Ballinamallard United 2 Dergview 1; Ballyclare Comrades 0 Newry City 1; Portadown 3 Knockbreda 0; H&W Welders 1 Dundela 2; Loughgall 6 PSNI 0; Queen's University 3 Ards 1.