Clifford Adams is leading the promotion charge at Ballyclare Comrades after spells with Ballymena United Reserves and Wakehurst ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter


Ballyclare Comrades manager Clifford Adams has enjoyed a fine start to the season with the Dixon Park side currently second in the Bluefin Sport Championship and now into the quarter-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup.

Speaking following the League Cup victory over Institute, Adams said “That was our second clean sheet in a row, we’re reasonably tight at the back (aside from our game against the PSNI) and we’re exciting going forward so we don’t really fear anyone at this point in time.

“The goals are spread over the park and it’s something we’re priding ourselves in, from midfield forward we’re getting goals all over the place. Mark Kelly has been scoring, Nixon has five goals as a striker, then we’ve got Paul Maguire and Zach Barr who he got a goal in his first run out after just 15 minutes.”

The former Wakehurst and Ballymena United Reserves manager is full of praising for his team “We’re a young and exciting team with a bit of experience, we’ve only lost once in the opening eight games!”

Tasked with a tought tie away to Portadown this Saturday, Adams feels the Shamrock Park side may have had a bit of a shock dropping down a division: “They have a lot of Premiership standard players, but this league is different – I feel you have less time on the ball in this division. It’s a hundred miles an hour so it’s maybe a shock to the system for them.

“Niall Currie knows his way around this league as he’s won a few times before, so there’s nobody better placed to put it right, but we’ll be going down there to make sure it doesn’t happen on Saturday!”

With Knockbreda currently topping the Bluefin Sport Championship, Clifford believes the title is certainly up for grabs; “People don’t enter races to come second, we want to win the league. We know it’s going to be hard, speaking to those involved in the league for years it’s one of the toughest in years. With Portadown coming down and Newry and Limavady United coming up – whoever wins the Championship will be worthy winners!”

Next up for Ballyclare Comrades is a trip to Shamrock Park to face Portadown in the Bluefin Sport Championship (kick-off 3pm)

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