Michael McQuitty got amongst the goals for Ballyclare (Picture: Mervyn McClelland/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 28 April 2018
Loughgall and Ballyclare Comrades produced an entertaining eight-goal season closer at Lakeview Park.
The game got off to a fantastic start with two goals inside the first ten minutes.
Mark Kelly opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute when he got on the end of a Gary Brown ball over the top to beat the advancing Craig Robinson from the edge of the box.
Gary Liggett then levelled for Loughgall with a rifled finish past Paddy Flood after connecting with a Peter Campbell cross.
The visitors regained the advantage with two-goals either side of the half-hour mark. Michael McQuitty made it 2-1 with a flicked finish from close range before Chris Middleton added a third with a slamming finish from Kelly's left-sided cross.
Brown extended Ballyclare's lead early in the second half after keeping his cool when Curtis Wood set him clear to face down Robinson one-on-one before, a couple of minutes after that, Kelly doubled his tally with a successfully converted spot-kick after Thomas Robinson had been fouled inside the area.
The Villagers hit back on 56 minutes through Nathaniel Ferris' finish from five yards with Ferris then adding another at the back post with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when Campbell had found him with a cross from the right.
Loughgall: Robinson, Neill, Rea, Copeland, Montgomery, McMaster, Hoey, Finlay, Liggett, Ferris, P. Campbell subs McConnell (not used), Mullen (replaced Hoey 65), McDowell (replaced Liggett 65), Stewart (replaced McMaster 50), Stretton (not used)
Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Woods McQuitty, Youle, Parker, Middleton, McIlveen, Dobbin, Robinson, Brown, Kelly subs Kane (replaced Dobbin 46), McWilliams (replaced Robinson 54), Rodgers (replaced McQuitty 54), McCart (not used)
Referee: Peter McGrath