Samuel McIlveen twice struck the woodwork (Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com)
Tuesday, 03 October 2017
Ballyclare Comrades booked their spot in the last eight of the BetMcLean League Cup following a narrow defeat of Institute at Dixon Park.
The Comrades started brightly, coming close after ten minutes when Samuel McIlveen rattled the woodwork with a strong drive from around 18 yards.
And he was denied by the fixtures and fittings again after half-an-hour, this time from 25 yards, as Clifford Adams' side looked to craft the opening goal.
At the other end Ronan Wilson did well with a run and shot which Comrades 'keeper Paddy Flood tipped around an upright.
After the break Michael McCrudden will feel he should have done better only to fire wide after a good build-up before Flood did denied Jake Morrow after the 'Stute man found himself through on goal.
However, what proved to be the only goal of the game arrived on 83 minutes. A ball was delivered from the right and both Stewart Nixon and Gary Brown got touches before the ball eventually came off 'Stute's Caoimhin Bonner and into his own net.
Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Rodgers, McCart, Dobbin, Nixon, McIlveen, Johnston, Gray, Robinson, Kelly, Youle subs Maguire (replaced Robinson 75), O'Hanlon (not used), Brown (replaced Johnston 74), Barr (not used), McKinty (not used)
Institute: Gallagher, R. Morrow, Seydak, D. Curry, Scoltock, Grace, Harkin, Wilson, Brown, McCrudden, J. Morrow subs Bonner (replaced Scoltock 81), Jarvis (not used), McCallion (not used), Dunne (replaced Wilson 86), Friel-Curran (replaced Brown 77)
Referee: Shane Andrews
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