Aaron Patterson (49)
Peter Campbell (57)


Michael Halliday (72)
Jake McNeill (82)
Mark Cooling (86p)


Michael Halliday kicked off Knockbreda's second half revival (Picture: Declan Roughan/PressEye.com)


A superb comeback saw Knockbreda secure their second win of the season and move off the base of the Championship One table.

The first period was an even affair with both sides going close; firstly Marcus Dallas forced Knockbreda goalkeeper Ryan McBride into a tremendous save after 15 minutes when he was alert to save the midfielder's goalbound effort.

'Breda strikers Simon Hanna and Owen Beggs combined on 31 minutes for the latter to see his shot tipped over by the alert Loughgall 'keeper Gareth Buchanan.

Loughgall broke the deadlock four minutes into the second period when Warner Mullen set-up strike partner Aaron Patterson to rifle a left-footed strike low beyond goalkeeper McBride.

And the Villagers doubled their lead in the 57th minute when a superb attacking move culminated in Mullen slipping in winger Peter Campbell to fire the ball across goal and nestle in the far corner.

Knockbreda pulled a goal back on 72 minutes when Matthew King's hopeful ball into the penalty area was attacked by substitute Michael Halliday who powered a header beyond home 'keeper Buchanan.

The leveller was scored with eight minutes remaining when Stephen Cockcroft's long-throw caused confusion in the Loughgall goalmouth and substitute Jake McNeill poked home from close range.

Mark Cooling won and scored a penalty to complete a fantastic comeback on 86 minutes when he was fouled by Stuart Mallen inside the penalty area.

Loughgall: Buchanan, Taylor, Mallen, Copeland, Finlay, Dallas, Upritchard, Ferguson, Patterson, Mullen, Campbell subs Elliott (replaced Dallas 85), McMaster (replaced Mullen 81), McCann (replaced Campbell 75), McInerney (not used)

Knockbreda: McBride, King, Cockcroft, Ferguson, Wray, McBurney, Wilson, Cooling, Beggs, Hanna, McMaster subs Halliday (replaced Wilson 60), Johnston (not used), Lynch (not used), McCain (not used), McNeill (replaced Beggs 60)

Referee: Shane Andrews

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