Sat 3 Sep - 15:00 | Dixon Park

Ballyclare Comrades

Roohi (pen) 9', Farren 73', Tully 82'

3-2

Knockbreda

McCaughan 60', Hamill 69'

Sat 3 Sep - 15:00 | Dixon Park

3-2

Ballyclare Comrades

Roohi (pen) 9', Farren 73', Tully 82'

Knockbreda

McCaughan 60', Hamill 69'

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Pre-Match Guide

We welcome Knockbreda to Dixon Park tomorrow afternoon for our next Lough 41 Championship fixture.

Match Info

When: Saturday 3rd September – Kick-Off 3:00pm

Where: Dixon Park

What: Lough 41 Championship

Entry: Pay at the gate – £8 (Adult) / £5 (OAP & U16) / £3 (U12 in the company of an adult)

Match Sponsor: Agnew, Mitchell & Cairns Accountants

Ball Sponsor: Jenkins Butchers, Main Street Ballyclare & Station Road Doagh

The Opponents

A late Anthony Burns goal proved to be the difference between Knockbreda and Newington at ‘Breda Park last week. The 27-year-old struck right at the end of normal time to secure the points for the home side a few moments after the visitors had been reduced to ten men following Fra Brennan’s dismissal for a second bookable offence. Knockbreda currently occupy 5th position in the Lough 41 Championship table, just 1 point behind the Comrades.

The Comrades

The Comrades fell to their first defeat of the season last week as Ards claimed all three points with a 2-1 victory at Clandeboye Park. Matthew Tipton’s side needed just over sixty seconds to move in front when Ross Hunter pounced on a mistake at the back to open the scoring. It was a lead they held until eight minutes into the second half after Calvin McCurry latched onto a Kyle Beggs pass to lob keeper Alex Moore. However, Eamon Scannell bagged what proved to be the winner with six minutes remaining with a header following a counter attack down the right. The result keeps The Comrades on 7 points from the opening 4 games, sitting 4th in the Lough 41 Championship table.

Last Time Out

The last time these two sides met in April 2022, they shared six goals in an entertaining encounter at Dixon Park. The Comrades moved in front after a quarter-of-an-hour when Adam McCart beat Daniel Oates with a bullet header but just a couple of minutes after that Ciaran Heggarty was on hand to level for ‘Breda. Ballyclare scored twice early in the second half to move firmly into the lead. Jason Johnston nodded home a Ryan Arthur free-kick before Liam Hassin tapped home a third after Kyle Beggs had sent the ball to the back post. ‘Breda reduced the deficit on 72 minutes through Karl Hamill on the counter attack before Lee McGreevy bagged the equaliser in stoppage time.

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Match Report

Comrades came out on top in a topsy turvy encounter with Knockbreda at Dixon Park, with a stunning winner from Joe Tully securing all three points for Stephen Small’s men.

The hosts started brightly and inside two minutes they created a chance when Conall Curran did well on the left to make space and square the ball to Caomhán McGuinness, but his effort from inside the box went straight at ‘keeper Nicholl.

It wasn’t long before Comrades hit the front. On 9 minutes Darius Roohi converted confidently from the penalty spot after Calvin McCurry had been brought down in the box.

The home side didn’t really capitalise on taking an early lead and Knockbreda started to come into the game. The Dixon Park faithful did think they had another goal to celebrate in the 22nd minute when Conall Curran headed the ball into the net, but it was rightly ruled out for a push on a defender.

In the 31st minute the visitors had a big chance when Atrach was played into space near the penalty spot, but he scuffed his effort wide of the target.

Knockbreda finished the first half the stronger but were limited to half chances and unable to really trouble Richard Purcell in the Comrades goal.

Comrades started the second half on the front foot. On 49 minutes a Bobby Higgins through ball set Calvin McCurry free, but he was denied by a fine double save from Nicholl.

Five minutes late the offside flag went up as Caomhán McGuinness put the ball in the back of the net after a good move.

On the hour Knockbreda were back on level terms as their aerial threat paid off, with McCaughan heading in from a corner.

In the 70th minute the visitors then took the lead when a cross from the right was turned in at the back post by Hamill.

The lead didn’t long however as on 74 minutes Knockbreda couldn’t clear the ball from a corner and it found its way to Cathal Farren who nodded in from inside the 6-yard box.

In the 77th minute the hosts were grateful to Owen McConville for a vital headed clearance off the line from a Burns effort as Knockbreda strove to regain the lead.

The deciding moment came on 82 minutes with a goal worth of winning any match. Joe Tully received the ball on the angle of the box on the left and hit a winder strike which went in off the inside of the near post.

Despite a nervous finish Comrades were able to hold on for a hard won three points.

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