COMRADES BACK TO WINNING WAYS
Ballyclare Comrades picked up their first win in almost two-and-a-half months with victory over Dergview at Dixon Park.
Under the watchful eye of incoming boss Stephen Small, the Comrades trailed at the break when Matthew Buchanan poked the visitors in front midway through the first half after connecting with a free-kick to the back post.
However, Ballyclare levelled midway through the second half in somewhat bizarre circumstances. Awarded a penalty for a foul on Jason Johnston, Michael Smith saw his spot-kick saved twice but each time the referee ruled that the attempt be retaken after keeper Patrick McGarvey had come off his line. Then, at the third attempt and with a change of kicker, Ian Fletcher stepped up to bury the ball in the net.
Spurred on by this, the home side edged into the lead on 77 minutes when Caiolan Brennan fired into the top corner from the edge of the box.
And then, to make sure of the points, Kyle Beggs dispossessed a defender before squaring the ball for Liam Hassin to make it 3-1 with a tap in.
Ballyclare Comrades: Purcell, Woods, Hassin, McDermott, Smith, Stephenson, Fletcher, Gray, Johnston, Beggs, Devine subs Ferguson (not used), McKeown (replaced Woods 48), Brennan (replaced Gray 73), McCart (not used), Mooney (replaced Smith 88), Whiteside (not used), Higgins (not used)
Dergview: McGarvey, Falconer, K. Farren, Burns, Loughery, Kirk, C. Farren, M. Buchanan, Browne, Brogan, L. McLaughlin subs Alan Buchanan (not used), Crown (not used), McGinley (replaced Loughery 75), McCarron (replaced Brogan 86), C. McLaughlin (replaced Browne 86), Fielding (replaced Farren 75), Devlin (replaced L. McLaughlin 86)