Fri 23 Sep - 19:45 | Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium


Leppard 8', Friel 85'


Ballyclare Comrades

Fri 23 Sep - 19:45 | Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium



Leppard 8', Friel 85'

Ballyclare Comrades

Pre-Match Guide

We travel to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium tomorrow evening to take on Institute in our next Lough 41 Championship fixture.

Match Info

When: Friday 23rd September – Kick-Off 7:45pm

Where: Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium

What: Lough 41 Championship

Entry: Pay at the gate

The Opponents

Institute picked up a first win of the campaign with a three-goal victory away to Dergview last week. Scoreless at the break, substitute Jamie Dunne opened the scoring just a couple of minutes into the second half with a touch into the bottom left corner. Dunne then doubled his tally on 71 minutes after rounding off a flowing team move before Cormac Burke knocked home Institute’s third from the spot with eight minutes remaining.

The Comrades

The Comrades had a weekend to forget last week with a 5-2 defeat away to Newington. Darren Stuart opened the scoring for the Swans with two goals midway through the first half. He headed into the top corner on 21 minutes to break the deadlock before doubling up soon after with a confident finish from inside the box. Ballyclare pulled one back before the break, however, when Calvin McCurry headed home from Conall McGrandles’ corner. The Swans restored their two goal cushion early in the second half through Robert McVarnock who got on the end of a long ball to direct a header past Richard Purcell. Then, four minutes before the hour, Gary Warwick made the most of some indecision in the visiting defence to make it 4-1 … and he added a fifth later in the half after pouncing on a loose ball. Darius Roohi grabbed a late consolation for the Comrades with a finish from the edge of the box.

Last Time Out

The last time these two sides met Brendan McLaughlin bagged the stoppage time winner as Institute defeated Ballyclare Comrades at the Brandywell. ‘Stute had gone in front after just 12 minutes when Mark McFadden smashed the ball home following a scramble in the box from a corner. The visitors might have levelled midway through the first half but Ian Fletcher was unable to beat keeper John Connolly from the spot. However, Ballyclare did find their equaliser four minutes after the interval courtesy of Andrew Mooney’s composed finish after he had pounced on an underhit back pass. And that was how it stayed until three minutes into stoppage time when McLaughlin popped up with a back post header to secure a crucial three points for ‘Stute.


Match Report

Comrades produced a toothless display to fall to defeat at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium against Institute.

The hosts carried the greater threat right from the start. In the 9th minute they took the lead when Leppard headed in at the near post from a corner.

With the visitors looking nervous Institute continued to look dangerous and on 20 minutes Friel had a headed goal ruled out for offside. Then in the 35th minute Clarke found himself in space to shoot from the edge of the box, but he fired wide.

In addition to struggling defensively, Comrades were lacklustre going forward in the first half. The only time the home ‘keeper was tested was in the 37th minute when a Gary Donnelly volley from 22 yards forced him to make an awkward save.

After the break Comrades started on the front foot, but it was the hosts who continued to create the chances. On 51 minutes the ball was slipped through to Friel inside the box for a great chance, but he slid the ball wide of the post. Then a minute later the same player hit the post with a header from a dangerous cross.

Despite having substantial amounts of possession Comrades failed to create anything resembling a clear chance in the second half, with their build-up play often too laboured, allowing the hosts to get set in a defensive shape.

Institute had a good chance to double their lead on 77 minutes when Liam Hassin was robbed of possession deep in his own half, which allowed the ball to be fed to Friel inside the box, but he was denied by a fine block from Declan Breen advancing from his goal.

The destination of the three points was put beyond doubt in the 85th minute when indecision at the back from Comrades was taken advantage of by Friel who this time made no mistake, slotting past Breen from 10 yards.

Comrades’ miserable night was completed a minute into injury-time when Owen McConville was sent off for a second bookable offence.


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