Sat 7 Aug - 15:00 | Dixon Park

Ballyclare Comrades

Gray 17', Tully 20', Dobbin 47', 54', Mooney 70'


Ballinamallard United

Byrne 16'

Sat 7 Aug - 15:00 | Dixon Park


Ballyclare Comrades

Gray 17', Tully 20', Dobbin 47', 54', Mooney 70'

Ballinamallard United

Byrne 16'


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Pre-Match Guide

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The Comrades take on the Mallards in the opening fixture of the 2021/22 Lough 41 Championship campaign.

Match Info

When: Saturday 7th August 2021 – Kick-Off 3:00pm

Where: Dixon Park

What: 2021/22 Lough 41 Championship

Entry: Pay at the turnstiles – Adult £8, Concession £5. Kids under 12 FREE (must be accompanied by a paying adult).

Season ticket holders, pass holders and directors to enter through the main gate, not the turnstiles.

Season tickets are available to purchase from our online store here or visit the club shop at Dixon Park on matchdays.

The Opponents

Ballinamallard will be looking to pick up where they left off in the 2019/20 Championship season. The Mallards were sitting in the playoff spots in second place when the league was called to a halt with eight games still to play. Since then, our upcoming opponents were knocked out of the 2020/21 Irish Cup First Round, following a marathon penalty shootout at home to Dergview. Pre-season has been very positive for Harry McConkey’s men with some promising friendly results, most recently being their 3-0 victory over Premiership opposition, Warrenpoint Town, last week.

The Comrades

The debutants were the stars of the show last week as goals from Liam McKenna and Ciaran Heggarty helped us overcome Queen’s University in the BetMcLean League Cup. Paul Harbinson will take confidence that his team remained composed throughout the 90 minutes and ultimately done enough to win the game, despite Queen’s making it extremely difficult throughout. We caught up with the manager during the week to discuss the mood in the camp, what he expects from Ballinamallard and the upcoming season – watch the interview at the link below:

Last Time Out

Two second half goals secured a 2-0 victory for the Comrades the last time these two sides met in October 2019 at Dixon Park. Scoreless at the break, Luckas Adamczyk opened the scoring on 67 minutes with an excellent turn and shot into the bottom corner from 11 yards after Ciaran Dobbin had touched the ball on. Then, a minute from time, Thomas Robinson made sure of the points with a 20-yard curling effort which Mallards keeper John Connolly couldn’t keep out despite getting a hand to it.


Match Report

The Comrades produced an excellent display in their opening game of the Lough 41 Championship season to comfortably defeat Ballinamallard at rain-soaked Dixon Park.

The opening part of the match was evenly balanced, but it was the visitors who grabbed the lead in the 16th minute. Darragh Byrne took advantage of a slip at the back from Comrades to cut inside the box and send a perfectly angled shot from 16 yards into the bottom far corner of the net past the despairing dive of the ‘keeper.

The Mallards’ lead didn’t last long and a minute later the scores were level. Adam Gray got on the end of a ball played into the box and advanced to strike a low finish past the ‘keeper from 9 yards.

As the rain got heavier the action continued and it wasn’t long before the hosts hit the front when in the 20th minute Joe Tully got on the end of a Liam McKenna cross to head home from 5 yards.

Comrades now had their tails up and looked very capable of extending their advantage. They had two good chances to do so in close succession. On 32 minutes, after Liam McKenna had intercepted on halfway and played the ball forward, Ciaran Heggarty got onto the end of it and drove into the box before dragging his shot wide of the far post from 16 yards. Then a minute later Elliot McKim headed wide of the target from 5 yards from a great Liam Hassin cross.

The visitors had a chance to equalise in the 37th minute when the ball was played through to Banda who shot from 16 yards, but Richard Purcell was well placed to save.

The second half saw Comrades blow their opponents away with a scintillating display which started with a third goal within two minutes. Once more the route was from a Liam McKenna corner. This time it Ciarán Dobbin who got on the end of McKenna’s delivery, getting free at the near post to head in from close range.

The home side were delighting their supporters, playing lovely football. From a devastating move in the 52nd minute they almost added to their lead when Ciaran Heggarty arrived to meet a great ball played in by Liam Hassin, but his effort from 5 yards went just wide.

Two minutes later the ball was in the back of the Mallards’ net again for a fourth Comrades goal. The men in red were excellent in pressing their opponents all through the match and this often won them possession in dangerous areas. This time the ball was turned over and found Ciarán Dobbin who struck a superb daisy-cutter from 25 yards which flew past the helpless ‘keeper.

The hosts didn’t let up and continued to look for more goals. On the hour, another fine move ended with a rasping shot hit from 22 yards by Adam Gray which forced ‘keeper Connolly to turn the ball wide. Then two minutes later Liam Hassin did very well to get to the by-line in the box and play a great ball across the goal, which somehow eluded a finishing touch.

Comrades put the result out of any doubt with a fifth goal on 70 minutes. Effective pressing again won the ball inside the visitors’ half, with Joe Tully gaining possession on the right. He then played the ball across field to Adam Gray on the left who took on an opponent, leaving him for dead, before playing the ball into the box for recently introduced substitute Andrew Mooney to fire in from 7 yards.

Mallards were able to create little against a dominant home side, but they did have a chance for a consolation goal in the 77th minute when a cross to the far post found John Edgar, but he scuffed his effort wide from 4 yards.

Other than this, Comrades were totally in control and the players deserved the acclaim given to them by their supporters at the final whistle.


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