Fri 8 Oct - 19:45 | Dixon Park

Ballyclare Comrades

McKenna 17'



Fri 8 Oct - 19:45 | Dixon Park


Ballyclare Comrades

McKenna 17'



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Pre-Match Guide

We invite Dundela to Dixon Park tomorrow night for our next Lough 41 Championship fixture.

Match Info

When: Friday 8th October – Kick-Off 7:45pm

Where: Dixon Park

What: Lough 41 Championship

Entry: Pay at the gate – £8 (Adult) / £5 (Concession)

Match Sponsor: G.M Pressure Washing

Ball Sponsor: The Mortgage Shop, Ballyclare

The Opponents

Dundela have had a surprisingly poor start to the campaign and currently sit second from bottom in the Lough 41 Championship. However, the East Belfast side seemed to have turned a corner since the arrival of manager Niall Currie. They swept to a four-goal victory over neighbours HW Welders in the East Belfast derby at Wilgar Park last Saturday to record their first win in the Lough 41 Championship this season. Eoin Kane opened the scoring for the Duns as early as the second minute after meeting a free-kick to direct a header past keeper Ben McCauley. The Welders had the ball in the net soon after but it was ruled out offside, and they fell further behind on 20 minutes when Guillaume Keke headed home a cross from the left at the near post. That was how it stayed until Jay Magee added a third for Niall Currie’s side on 69 minutes following a goalmouth scramble. Keke then doubled his tally, and completed the scoring, with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining courtesy of a right-footed effort into bottom corner.

The Comrades

The Comrades got back to winning ways last Saturday with a 2-1 victory away to Dergview. An Andrew Mooney double secured the points for the Comrades. Scoreless at the break, both goals came midway through the second half. The 24-year-old opened the scoring on 63 minutes with a back post header six yards out after Tom Mathieson had knocked the ball over following a mazy run. And Mooney doubled his tally just five minutes later when, following a botched attempt at a clearance, he dispossessed a defender to tuck the ball past keeper Alan Buchanan. Benny Igiehon pulled one back for Dergview with ten minutes remaining but it wasn’t enough to spark a late comeback. Howard Beverland & Ian Fletcher both returned to the starting line-up on Saturday following their injuries.

Last Time Out

December 2019 was the last time these two sides met as Dundela came away from Dixon Park with all 3 points. In the end it took just one goal to separate the two sides. The Duns got off to the brighter start with Jay Magee seeing Ballyclare keeper Ben McCauley doing well to tip his 20-yard free-kick over after eight minutes. Unfortunately, the first half turned out to be a scrappy affair with the next real effort of note not arriving until stoppage time when McCauley was on hand to deny Owain Beggs. Ballyclare had a great chance early in the second half when Joe Tully laid the ball off for Gary Donnelly 12 yards out but Ryan McBride did well to save. Dundela were next to threaten when, on 71 minutes, substitute Carl McComb was thwarted at the near post by McCauley while, at the other end, Tully fired over from seven yards. What proved to be the only goal of the game came with just less than a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when Tiarnan McNicholl fired home from just inside the area. Both sides had efforts late on with Tully and Beggs coming close but Dundela held on to secure the points.


Match Report

Comrades secured a narrow victory over Dundela in an evenly contested encounter to keep the pressure on at the top of the table.

The first effort of note in the game came in the sixth minute when a period of Comrades pressure ended with Gary Donnelly forcing his way to the edge of the 6-yard box and hitting an effort from a tight angle which forced a save at the near post from Matthews.

On 9 minutes the hosts threatened again when a well-delivered corner from Liam McKenna was met by a stooping header from Chris Ramsey 7 yards out which saw the ball clip the top of the crossbar.

Comrades took the lead in the 17th minute. The visitors made a mess from a throw-in deep in their own territory and an attempted clearance fell to Andrew Mooney near the by-line. He then played the ball across to Liam McKenna who was free to knock it into the net from close range.

The home side were buoyant and had another chance on 23 minutes when a Curtis Woods ball into the box was only knocked on to Liam McKenna off a defender’s head, but the Comrades man’s header from six yards went straight at the ‘keeper.

The latter stages of the first half saw Dundela pressing forward with most of the attacking possession, but resolute defending from the home side stopped them creating any chances.

The visitors started the second half on the front foot, but on 56 minutes Gary Donnelly stole the ball inside the Comrades half and ran forward, eluding a couple of challenges before rounding Matthews, but the ‘keeper managed to get a slight touch on the ball which forced the Comrades man wider than he would have wanted and the chance was lost.

Despite Dundela having a good deal of the possession Comrades continued to have the chances. In the 61st minute a high ball was missed by a Duns defender allowing Liam McKenna to get the ball and advance into the left side of the box before striking a fierce shot from twelve yards which was palmed away by the ‘keeper.

The visitors eventually tested Richard Purcell on 65 minutes when McCawl played in Eoin Kane for a chance from 16 yards, but his shot was confidently saved by the Comrades ‘keeper.

The game progressed in an end-to-end fashion, but it was the visitors who increasingly looked the more threatening. In the 69th minute ex-Comrades man Robinson made space for a shot from the edge of the box, but again Richard Purcell was up to the task and made a tidy save.

The home side were digging in and defending very well to limit the chances for their opponents. The best opportunity for Dundela came in the 86th minute when a cross from the right, played in by Tony Kane, found the head of Keke who rose highest in the box, but his effort from six yards was met by a very good save from Richard Purcell.

The hosts had a chance late in the game to cement their lead when Joe Tully clipped the ball into the box where it was met by a Liam Hassin volley from around the penalty-spot, but his effort flew over the bar.

In the end the one goal was enough to give Comrades the victory in a tight match where their defensive strength on the night held them in good stead.


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