Sat 11 Sep - 15:00 | The Dub

Queen's University

Clarke 84'


Ballyclare Comrades

McKenna 72', Heggarty 79', Mooney 90'

Sat 11 Sep - 15:00 | The Dub


Queen's University

Clarke 84'

Ballyclare Comrades

McKenna 72', Heggarty 79', Mooney 90'

Pre-Match Guide

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We travel to The Dub tomorrow afternoon as we face Queen’s University in our next Lough 41 Championship fixture.

Match Info

When: Saturday 11th September – Kick-Off 3:00pm

Where: The Dub

What: Lough 41 Championship

Entry: Pay at the gate (£8 adult / £5 concession)

The Opponents

Queen’s University have had a tough start to the season to date, losing 5 of their opening 6 games with their only victory coming against Dundela. Last week, they played host to top of the league Newry City where The Students were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. Newry opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark, the only goal in a close fought first half. And that was how it stayed until a minute into stoppage time when substitute Stephen Lawless bagged Newry’s second to make sure of the points for the visitors. The Comrades can be sure, however, that Queens’ league form doesn’t accurately reflect the quality of their team and Paul Harbinson’s men will need to be on top of their game if they want a result.

The Comrades

Paul Harbinson’s men travel to The Dub following last week’s 2-2 draw with Knockbreda. Liam McKenna continued his excellent form in front of goal as the full-back got both goals in the game, taking his tally to 5 goals in 7 games this season. Newcomer, Ian Fletcher, made his debut for the Comrades as he put in a solid performance at full-back. Speaking on the upcoming game, manager Paul Harbinson said “We are focused entirely on going to Queen’s and trying to improve on our performance. Let’s not talk about results, let’s talk about how our performance needs to improve, our concentration and our basics need to improve. That’s what we will be focused on until the game is over and then we’ll look to the next one.”

Last Time Out

We last faced Queen’s University just over a month ago in the Bet McLean League Cup first round. The Comrades progressed to the next round after defeating Queen’s 2-1. Comrades opened the scoring in the 29th minute. A great ball over the top from Elliot McKim discomforted the Queen’s defence and found Joe Tully. He then managed to slip the ball to Liam McKenna who made space to fire a great finish low into the bottom corner of the net from 7 yards for a goal on his competitive debut for the club. Comrades went in at the break with a narrow advantage, but it was the visitors who began the second half on the front foot. They got their reward with an equaliser in the 53rd minute when Matthew Hughes struck an excellent shot from 25 yards into the net giving Purcell little chance. Three minutes later however Comrades’ lead was restored. Liam McKenna played the ball into the box from a free kick near the by-line. Queen’s couldn’t clear it and it broke to Ciaran Heggarty who thumped his effort into the net from 8 yards for another goal for a club debutant. The final minutes of the match saw the visitors press for an equaliser, but the home defence held out well to seal the victory.


Match Report

Comrades came away with all three points after a hard-fought win over Queen’s at The Dub.

Paul Harbinson’s men started the better of the sides and bossed the first 15 minutes. However, the only effort of note during this period was in the 11th minute when Adam Gray produced a good turn and shot from 22 yards which went narrowly wide of the post.

The rest of the first half was evenly balanced, with defences generally on top despite enterprising attacking play from both teams.

In the 28th minute Comrades had a chance when the lively Ciaran Heggarty blocked a defender’s clearance and ran onto the loose ball, getting to the by-line and then cutting inside the 6-yard box to make space for a shot, which ‘keeper Devine did well to block.

A minute later the at the other end Glackin hit a good shot from 20 yards which Jack Ferguson was forced to turn wide.

The visitors had a shot on goal on 33 minutes when Ciarán Dobbin hit a well struck shot from 25 yards, but the ‘keeper was in a good position to save comfortably.

Then, four minutes later, a dangerous Liam McKenna free kick played into the box found the head of Ciaran Heggarty, but his effort from 12 yards went just wide.

In the 41st minute a forceful run forward by Ian Fletcher ended with him striking an effort from 20 yards which went just past the base of the post, although the ‘keeper seemed to have it covered.

The sides went in at half-time with the game scoreless and the early stages of the second half didn’t give much indication of a breakthrough, although Queen’s were perhaps marginally more on the front foot during this period.

On the hour the dangerous Glackin made space for a shot from 20 yards, but Jack Ferguson was well-placed to save. However, other than that Comrades defence was in control.

As the game moved into its final quarter it looked like it might be heading for stalemate, and it took a wonderful goal on 72 minutes to break the stalemate, with Liam McKenna producing a lovely curler from 25 yards which dipped over the ‘keeper and just under the bar.

The game now opened up for an exciting finish and Comrades doubled their lead in the 79th minute. A good run down the middle from Adam Gray discomforted the home defence and the ball broke to Ciaran Heggarty who cut into the right side of the box and struck a great effort wide of the ‘keeper into the top corner of the net from 17 yards.

Five minutes later the travelling supporters hopes of a stress-free end to the game were dented when Queen’s pulled a goal back. A ball played into the box caused danger and it broke to Clarke who rifled a shot into the net from 12 yards.

A minute later the revived hosts threatened again when a free kick played into the box was headed just over from 10 yards by Watts.

After a nervous period with the hosts pressing, Comrades sealed the victory a minute into injury-time. Adam Gray did well to get into the box on the by-line and was tripped by a defender, leading to the award of a penalty. Gray stepped up himself to take the spot-kick, but his effort was blocked by ‘keeper Devine. However, Andrew Mooney was first to the loose ball, firing it into the roof of the net from the edge of the 6-yard box.


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