COMRADES TOO STRONG FOR 'BREDA
Two early goals set Ballyclare Comrades up for victory over Knockbreda at Breda Park.
'Breda had come out on top following the most recent meeting between the sides at the end of last month but that outcome never looked like being repeated when Gary Donnelly struck the opening for the Comrades on 11 minutes with a close range finish after Nathan O'Neill found him with a cushioned header.
Then, six minutes later, John Dobbin made it 2-0 after sliding home the loose ball when home keeper Lewis Deane kept out efforts from Samuel McIlveen and Oisin Barr on the follow up.
Knockbreda pulled one back on the stroke of half-time through Fra Rice after he nipped in to capitalise on a mix-up between Ben McCauley and Kevin Hagan.
However, with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining, O'Neill made sure of the points for the visitors with a header from six yards after Dobbin crossed into the box.
Knockbreda: Deane, McCauley, McGreevy, Hamill, McDermott, Rice, McNeill, Irwin, Smith, Cafolla, Storey subs Smyth (replaced Irwin 59), Delaney (not used), Burns (replaced Smith 59), Best (not used), Bennett (replaced McDermott 81)
Ballyclare Comrades: McCauley, McIlveen, McCart, Robinson, J. Dobbin, O'Neill, Mathieson, Hagan, Gray, Barr, Donnelly subs Dunn (not used), McCune (not used), Laverty (replaced Donnelly 85), Cooper (not used), Wilson (not used)