We travel to the Blanchflower Stadium tomorrow evening to take on Harland & Wolff Welders in our next Lough 41 Championship fixture.
When: Friday 28th October – Kick-Off 7:45pm
Where: Blanchflower Stadium
What: Lough 41 Championship
Entry: Pay at the gate
HW Welders picked up their first win under new boss Paul Kee with a three goal victory over Knockbreda last week. Jonny Frazer fired the Welders in front on 36 minutes after connecting with a header from the left at the back post. Charlie Dornan made it 2-0 on 69 minutes after his header from a corner crept over the line before, a few minutes after that, Matthew Ferguson got on the end of a through ball to smash home the third for the Welders.
A storming second half saw The Comrades come from 2 goals down to beat Dundela 5-2 at Dixon Park last week. Niall Currie’s side raced into a two-goal lead when a Tony Kane free-kick came off home defender Caomhan McGuinness early on followed by a Benny Igiehon nodded finish before half-an-hour was up. Home skipper Ian Fletcher reduced the deficit just before the break with a well taken free-kick, and this inspired Ballyclare to go on to claim the points through Darius Roohi, Cathal Farren and Calvin McCurry in the second half. Roohi equalised following a goal mouth scramble, with Farren edging Ballyclare in front with a lovely finish after an hour. McCurry then added a fourth on 77 minutes with a dink over Neil Shields before Roohi doubled his tally deep into stoppage time.
Last Time Out
The last time these two sides met in February 2022 at the Blanchflower Stadium, the Welders came away the victors. Ballyclare started brightly and created a number of half chances during the opening exchanges through Kyle Beggs and Caiolan Brennan. However, somewhat against the run of play, the deadlock was broken on 28 minutes when Gary Lavery fired the Welders in front with an effort from distance which went low and hard under keeper Richard Purcell into the bottom corner. Then, on the hour, Jonny Frazer made it 2-0 with a sweeping right foot finish from just inside the area after Scott McMillan had crossed from the right. The Comrades pulled a goal back ten minutes after that. Brennan sent a corner over from the left which Jason Johnston connected with to head home at the back post.