QUICK FIRE DOUBLE ENOUGH FOR BALLYCLARE
Two goals within a minute of each other just before the hour helped Ballyclare Comrades get the better of Dergview at Dixon Park.
The sides traded chances during the opening phases with Joe Tully dragging an effort wide for Ballyclare while Paul Smith just failed to hit the target for the visitors.
Dergview keeper Alan Buchanan was then called into action to turn a Gary Donnelly shot around an upright while Jordan Malone headed just over later in the first half.
Ciaran Dobbin came closest early in the second half when his header from a Donnelly corner was touched onto the crossbar.
But, on 57 minutes, the Comrades eventually found a way through when Donnelly dinked Buchanan from eight yards after connecting with a Tully through ball.
And, around sixty seconds later, it was 2-0 when Tully got his name on the scoresheet with a 20-yard drive.
Dergview attempted to hit back. Emmett McNabb fired just wide from six yards while Smith was denied by Ben McCauley.
The home keeper came to Ballyclare's rescue again in the closing moments to thwart Smith again, but Dobbin almost added a third for the home side in stoppage time when his effort came off the keeper and onto the bar.
Ballyclare Comrades: McCauley, Woods, McCune, McCart, J. Dobbin, Tully, C. Dobbin, Malone, Mathieson, Gray, Donnelly subs Hegan (not used), McIlveen (replaced Donnelly 90), Nolan (replaced Gray 73), Henry (replaced Mathieson 68), Doey (not used)
Dergview: Al. Buchanan, A. Sproule, Falconer, Maxwell, M. Buchanan, Burns, McNabb, Ad. Buchanan, McCarron, Smith, Curry subs McGlynn (replaced McCarron 73), McNulty (not used), Doherty (not used), Callaghan (replaced Ad. Buchanan 60), McConnell (replaced Curry 60)