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Villagers make most of chance to narrow gap

 

Loughgall shot themselves right back into the promotion mix with a crucial victory in their game in hand on the two teams above them in the Bluefin Sport Championship.

A 2-1 win over Harland & Wolff Welders moved the Villagers just two points behind second-placed Ballinamallard United, with leaders Portadown a further five points ahead.

Jordan Lyttle put Loughgall in the driving seat before Nathaniel Ferris took his tally of league goals to 20 for the season after the break and they managed to hold off a late comeback attempt from the Welders.

Dean Smith's side have now strung together a four-match unbeaten run, with their victory at Tillysburn being their third win in that sequence and they could be hitting form at just the right time.

At the opposite end of the table, PSNI boosted their hopes of avoiding a relegation play-off when they recorded their second win in three games with a 4-2 victory in their basement battle with Dergview at Darragh Park.

Emmett McNabb put Dergview in front early on, but PSNI responded almost immediately when Aaron Cochrane levelled.

McNabb got his second on the half hour mark, but they would lose that lead before half time when Mark Anderson scored the first of his hat-trick of goals.

His second came in controversial circumstances, with the ball hitting one post and then the other. The referee's assistant gave the goal, deeming that the ball had crossed the line in between.

Anderson then sealed his treble with a free kick.

Results: Dergview 2 PSNI 4; H&W Welders 1 Loughgall.

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