Tiarnan McNicholl (77)


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In the end it took just one goal to separate Ballyclare Comrades and Dundela at Dixon Park.

The Duns got off to the brighter start with Jay Magee seeing Ballyclare keeper Ben McCauley doing well to tip his 20-yard free-kick over after eight minutes.

Unfortunately the first half turned out to be a scrappy affair with the next real effort of note not arriving until stoppage time when McCauley was on hand to deny Owain Beggs.

Ballyclare had a great chance early in the second half when Joe Tully laid the ball off for Gary Donnelly 12 yards out but Ryan McBride did well to save.

Dundela were next to threaten when, on 71 minutes, substitute Carl McComb was thwarted at the near post by McCauley while, at the other end, Tully fired over from seven yards.

What proved to be the only goal of the game came with just less than a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when Tiarnan McNicholl fired home from just inside the area.

Both sides had efforts late on with Tully and Beggs coming close but Dundela held on to secure the points.

Ballyclare Comrades: McCauley, Woods, McIlveen, Robinson, Nolan, C. Dobbin, Tully, Malone, McCart, Gray, Donnelly subs Hegan (not used), McCune (replaced Robinson 83), McQuitty (not used), J. Dobbin (not used), McNeill (replaced C. Dobbin 78)

Dundela: McBride, Kerr, Brown, McCawl, Morrison, Magee, McMaster, Beggs, McNicholl, Devine, Holden subs Burns (replaced Holden 73), Bingham (not used), King (replaced Magee 61), McComb (relaced McCawl 65), Watts (not used)

Referee: Gareth Stewart

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