'STUTE RUE MISSED SPOT-KICK AGAINST TEN-MAN COMRADES
Ballyclare Comrades and Institute drew a blank at Dixon Park although the visitors might feel they should have returned home with the points in the bag after missing a second half spot-kick.
The home side started brightly, creating an early opening which ended with Liam McKenna dragging an effort wide when through on goal.
'Stute came close midway through the first half when Aaron McGurk saw a 25-yard free-kick tipped over by Richard Purcell before, a minute after that, he kept out a Jamie Dunne strike.
At the other end John Connolly did well to deal with another McKenna effort and was called into action again not long after that to save a Gary Donnelly header.
The visitors had a great chance to move in front just before the hour. Curtis Woods was adjudged to have upended Dunne inside the box but, from the penalty that followed, Liam Walsh could only look on as his effort was turned away by the diving Purcell.
Ballyclare were reduced to ten men on 74 minutes when Howard Beverland was dismissed for a challenge on Liam Walsh but 'Stute failed to take advantage and, indeed, have Connolly to thank with a couple of saves late in the game to deny McKenna and Ciaran Dobbin.
Ballyclare Comrades: Purcell, Woods, McKenna, Ramsey, Hassin, McDermott, Beverland, Fletcher, Mooney, Heggarty, Donnelly subs Ferguson (not used), Tully (replaced Heggarty 71), Dobbin (replaced Donnelly 59), Mathieson (not used), McCart (replaced Mooney 74), McKim (not used), Herron (not used)
Institute: Connolly, McDermott, Quigley, Leppard, Bradley-Walsh, McCauley, Brogan, S. Doherty, McGurk, Walsh, Dunne subs D. Doherty (not used), Millar (replaced Dunne 69), Busteed (replaced McCauley 55), P. McLaughlin (replaced Walsh 83)