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That Football Daily Intermediate Football Roundup

Annagh United 1 Dundela 4 (Friday)

The Duns continued their impressive season with an away victory against Annagh United. If Dundela fans were worried about Saturday being a potential banana skin encounter then their nerves were eased after 15 minutes when Jordan Hughes scored from the penalty spot and Daniel Burns then scored two further goals to put the visitors 3-0 up going in at half-time. Mark McAllister did pull a goal back for Annagh in the second half but the result was never in doubt and Hughes scored his second of the game with 18 minutes to play.

Armagh City 1 Lisburn Distillery (Friday)

Lisburn Distillery returned to winning ways in the league on Saturday as they continued their push for a top six finish. The Whites took a 1-0 lead into half-time as Aaron Harris headed home a Jonathan McCaw free-kick just before the break. Another boost for the Whites is that top scorer Matthew Ferguson seems to have rediscovered his scoring boots as he headed home Alan McMurtry’s cross for his third goal in as many games. Paudie Judge scored for City after 73 minutes to sit up a nervy finish but Colin MacIlwaine’s men held on for the points.

Newington Youth Club 1 Tobermore United 1 (Friday)

Newington moved a point further clear of Donegal Celtic and moved ahead of Annagh on goal difference into 10th place in the table as both of these sides were chasing points for different reasons on Friday night. Tobermore broke the deadlock in the first half thanks to Dean Brown’s goal but Liam Bracken scored the equalising goal early in the second half as for the second time this season neither of these sides could be separated.

Queens University 0 Moyola Park 4 (Saturday)

Moyola went into this game on Saturday knowing that they could leapfrog Queens into second spot but if they didn’t know how tough a task that was going to be at The Dub before the game they knew after 2 minutes when a Ryan McCready header had them chasing the game already and despite recovering well to this early setback further first half goals from Ben Mulgrew and a McCready second made it 3-0 at half-time. Despite chances for both sides there was to be only one more goal in the game as Matt Hughes struck to cap off the win for Queens.

Moyola Park 3 Sport and Leisure 0 (Tuesday)

Moyola bounced back quickly from defeat at Queens on Saturday to get three points at Mill Meadow on Tuesday evening. The opening goal came from a corner which fell to three unmarked Moyola players, it was unclear who exactly got the final touch as the ball was bundled over the line but Oran McAuley seemed to claim the credit. Having controlled possession in the first half the Swifts were clear frustrated to have fallen behind and Moyola capitalised on this before the half-time break Jason Paul doubled the lead. Moyola controlled the remainder of the game really but would have to wait until the 88th minute for their third goal, which came through Stephen Greer.

Banbridge Town 2 Queens University 2

Banbridge and Queens could not be separated in the first of two consecutive games against each other, Queens took the lead after 15 minutes when a Ronan Young corner was headed home by Ryan McCready. Banbridge, more specifically Darren McGrath turned the game around with two quick goals, and Neil Teggart missed a golden chance to extend their lead further when he struck a penalty against the woodwork. Queens chances of getting back into the game looked slim when sub Daniel Hanna was sent off just a few minutes after coming on but against all the odds Matt Hughes did manage to get an equaliser for Queens.

Dundela 2 Lisburn Distillery 2

Distillery came away with a point that they will no doubt have taken before the game but may feel that they could have taken all three on another occasion. Distillery started with more possession but it was former Distillery player Jordan Hughes who opened the scoring for the Duns when keeper Jonah Nicholl left his area but could only clear as far as Hughes who fired into the top corner from close to the halfway line. Distillery had chances to equalise through Aaron Harris and Jonathan McCaw but went in at half-time behind. They did equalise a few minutes into the second half with a superb McCaw strike from out on the right but were behind again not long after. Mikey Withers scored the Whites second equaliser of the night when he headed home from a cross on the right. Distillery controlled large spells of the game and hit the woodwork twice late on but with both sides having chances a draw was perhaps a fair outcome.