Samuel McIlveen (11)
Mark Kelly (46)

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Jamie Douglas (19)

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Ballyclare Comrades boss Clifford Adams (Picture: Mervyn McClelland/PressEye.com)

COMRADES OPEN CAMPAIGN WITH THREE POINTS

The home side opened the scoring in the 11th minute. A free-kick was awarded 25 yards from goal and Samuel McIlveen stepped up to strike a fine effort, which flew in just inside the post, past the stranded 'keeper.

On 19 minutes, Loughgall equalised from a ball pumped into the box from deep from a free-kick. Jamie Douglas was given too much space to get on the end of the ball and head into the net from six yards.

What turned out to be the winning goal for Comrades came inside the first minute of the second half.

Striker Mark Kelly, on his competitive debut for the club, did well to get free on the right side of the box, before driving towards goal and drilling a shot past the 'keeper from five yards.

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Woods, Gray, Rodgers, Youle, McIlveen, Dobbin, Kelly, Maguire, Robinson, Brown subs McKinty (not used), McCart (not used), Corry (not used), Johnston (replaced Maguire 85), Mackie (replaced Kelly 69)

Loughgall: Buchanan, Montgomery, Stretton, Copeland, J. Campbell, Dallas, P. Campbell, Ferguson, Baker, Douglas, McConnell subs Mullen (replaced McConnell 60), Rea (not used), Taylor (not used), Hoey (replaced Douglas 60), McMaster (replaced P. Campbell 79)

Referee: Peter McGrath

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