Eoin Kane (41)


Tony Tumelty (58)
Owen Moody (64)
Philip Simpson (73)


Tony Tumelty levelled for the PSNI (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)


PSNI came from behind to defeat Ballyclare Comrades at Dixon Park and earn a chance of a Championship reprieve in the forthcoming play-offs.

The first half saw the home side knocking the ball about well and gradually building up momentum which eventually brought the opening goal in the 41st minute. Adam Gray, who had been a constant thorn in the side of the visitors, produced another great run into the box where the ball broke to Eoin Kane who fired it into the net from seven yards.

The second half saw a major shift in the balance of the match, as PSNI, needing something to avoid automatic relegation, took the game to Comrades, whose season-long defensive frailties resurfaced again.

The visitors equalised in the 58th minute, when Tony Tumelty struck a free-kick from 20 yards, wide of the wall and low past the keeper.

PSNI now had their tails up and they hit the front on 64 minutes, with Owen Moody providing a simple finish after being found by a pass across the box from Mark Anderson.

Things got better for the visitors when on 73 minutes they increased their lead. A corner played in to the box found Philip Simpson unmarked and he knocked the ball into the net from six yards.

Ballyclare Comrades: Hazard, Woods, Crane, McIlveen, McQuitty, Patchett, Kane, Gray, Tully, Long, Donnelly subs Dobbin (replaced McIlveen 75), Willighan (replaced Patchett 79), Robinson (not used), Getty (replaced Long 72), Kirk (not used)

PSNI: McCauley, Ferguson, Riddle, Crawford, Simpson, Moody, J. Wilson, O'Neill, A. Cochrane, Anderson, Tumelty subs Stewart (not used), Spence (not used), Moore (replaced Tumelty 77), Elliott (not used)

Referee: Ken Gibbons

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