Tue 8 Mar - 19:45| Lakeview Park


Kerr 90+5'


Ballyclare Comrades

Hassin 30'

Tue 8 Mar - 19:45 | Lakeview Park



Kerr 90+5'

Ballyclare Comrades

Hassin 30'

Pre-Match Guide

We travel to Lakeview Park tomorrow evening to take on Loughgall in this rescheduled Lough 41 Championship fixture from February.

Match Info

When: Tuesday 8th March – Kick-Off 7:45pm

Where: Lakeview Park

What: Lough 41 Championship

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

The Opponents

The Villagers currently occupy 5th spot in the Lough 41 Championship. Last week Nathaniel Ferris bagged a second half double as Loughgall came from behind to defeat HW Welders at the Blanchflower Stadium. The Welders moved in front as early as the eighth minute when Michael McLellan rushed in to connect with a right-sided cross from Jonny Frazer to send a diving header home at the back post. That was how it stayed until three minutes into the second half when Ferris levelled after heading Tiernan Kelly’s volley from the edge of the area past Joe McGovern. And the visitors went on to claim the points with a second for Ferris four minutes from time after he met a corner to flick the winner beyond McGovern.

The Comrades

It was a weekend to forget for the managerless Comrades as Ards hit five past us at Clandeboye Park. Matt Tipton’s side opened the scoring after 16 minutes when David McAllister curled a cross onto the edge of the six yard box for Ross Arthurs to control and stab past Jack Ferguson. Daniel Reynolds added a second just after the half-hour mark when he fired into the roof of the net at the back post after a corner had been flicked on from the left. And it got worse for the visitors when they fell further behind just before the break. Reynolds turned provider with a low ball across the face of goal for McAllister to touch home at the left post. That was how it stayed until the 79th minute when McAllister doubled his tally from the left side of the area from Salou Jallow’s cross from wide on the right, albeit via a deflection off Ryan Arthur. Then, with five minutes to go, Eamonn Scannell completed the scoring after sliding in to turn home Benny Igiehon’s ball from the right.

Last Time Out

The last time these two sides met, Loughgall came away from Dixon Park with all 3 points after defeating the Comrades 3-0. Andrew Hoey opened the scoring for the Villagers after 18 minutes which was how it stayed until early in the second half when Jamie Rea doubled their advantage. Nathaniel Ferris then completed the scoring three minutes from time with a tap in from a Hoey cross. However, Ferris was sent-off not long after alongside Ballyclare’s Jason Johnston after the pair clashed.


Match Report

Comrades produced a gritty display to come away with a point from a tough trip to in-form Loughgall, but they will be bitterly disappointed that a last gasp equaliser for the hosts denied them all three points.

With Chris Ramsey and Adam McCart still in temporary charge until a new manager is appointed they will have been looking for a reaction after a thrashing at Ards three days earlier and they certainly got it, with a noticeable uplift in the organisation and work rate of the team right from the start of the game.

Although the hosts began with most of the possession and were to continue in this vein for the rest of the match, Comrades worked hard to deny them space and chances. In fact the first real opening of the game fell to the visitors in the 8th minute, when a great long ball played forward by Eoghan Devine found Liam Hassin running past the Loughgall defence, but his touch eluded him as he looked set to run in on goal and the ‘keeper was able to gather at the edge of the box.

Despite their dominance of the ball, the hosts were finding it difficult to penetrate Comrades’ defensive unit, with good protection provided by the midfield often cutting out any threat before it developed.

At the other end Comrades posed a danger when they were able to get forward and on the half hour they got their reward. A long thrown in up the line from Matthew Stephenson saw the ball headed in-field by Kyle Beggs and it then broke off a defenders’ leg right into the path of Liam Hassin who, from 16 yard out, slotted the ball through the legs of the outrushing ‘keeper to give his side the lead.

A minute later Hassin was again in the thick of the action when Michael Smith did well to pull the ball back to him from the by-line and his resulting first-time effort from the edge of the box was very well struck, but fizzed narrowly over the bar.

Loughgall continued to find it hard to break Comrades down and there was nothing much of note to test ‘keeper Richard Purcell in the rest of the first half.

Comrades had a chance to double their lead shortly before the half-time whistle, when in the 44th minute a good move ended with Kyle Beggs, who had switched temporarily to the left, cutting into the box and shooting from 15 yards, but his effort lacked the power to trouble ‘keeper Türker.

The second half saw Comrades largely under the cosh from persistent Loughgall pressure.  On 51 minutes neat interplay set Ferris free to run into the right side of the box before flashing a shot inches wide of the far post from 8 yards.

As in the first half however, the visitors were working hard to keep the hosts out and were successful in limiting chances created. The first time Richard Purcell was called into action to make a notable save was not until the 68th minute when after a scramble in the box he did well to block an effort stabbed towards goal from 9 yards by Ferris.

A noticeable difference from the first half was that Comrades were unable to get forward themselves as Loughgall constantly pressed them back. Therefore there was little respite for the visitors’ defence.

However, the home side hadn’t created that much despite their possession and had largely been reduced to long range efforts which went high and wide of the target. It looked as if Comrades would hold on for a precious victory, but this was to be taken away from them five minutes into stoppage time. A free-kick was conceded in a dangerous position and from it the ball was whipped into the box. This time the Comrades defence couldn’t clear and the ball dropped kindly to the feet of Kerr, who slammed it into the net from inside the 6-yard box.


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