Mark Kelly (22)
Matthew Parker (89)


Patrick Cafolla (33)
Patrick Cafolla (71)
Ryan Newberry (86p)


Ryan Newberry knocked home a late penalty (Picture: Darren Kidd/


The opening goal came on 22 minutes when a beautifully flighted free-kick played in by Chris Middleton was met by a powerful header from nine yards by Mark Kelly, which flew into the net through the crowded box.

Knockbreda grabbed a stunning equaliser on 33 minutes when Paddy Cafolla struck a wonderful dipping effort from 30 yards, which went in just under the bar.

The second half opened with a number of chances for Comrades, which were kept out by fine saves from Jason Craughwell.

The visitors then struck the front on 71 minutes, when a free-kick played to the near post saw Ryan Arthur get his head to the ball before 'keeper Paddy Flood and divert it into the net.

In the 86th minute Knockbreda consolidated their lead, when they won a penalty, which was converted by Ryan Newberry.

A minute later Comrades were given hope, when Matty Parker struck a low drive from 20 yards, which hit the back of the net, but the visitors held on for the victory.

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Woods, Parker, Rodgers, Youle, Dobbin, Kane, Robinson, Middleton, Kelly, Nixon subs McCart (not used), McWilliams (replaced Middleton 62), Dugan (replaced Nixon 70), Johnston (not used), Blayney (not used)

Knockbreda: Craughwell, Young, Arthur, Culbert, McVeigh, Hamill, Cafolla, Newberry, Watts, McBurney, Dempster subs Murphy (replaced Dempster 56), O'Hanlon (not used), Patterson (replaced Young 27), Pike (not used), Bennett (not used)

Referee: Jamie Robinson