Adam McCart (OG) (14)
Paul Maguire (82)

2

Adam Gray (50)
Michael McKenna (OG) (66)
Adam Gray (69)

3

Adam Gray scored twice for Ballyclare (Picture: John McIlwaine/PressEye.com)

GRAY DOUBLE GIVES BALLYCLARE BOXING DAY WIN

Larne moved in front in somewhat fortunate circumstances on 14 minutes when Ballyclare defender Adam McCart turned the ball into his own net whilst attempting to clear a Mark Hillen cross.

That was how it stayed until five minutes into the second half when Adam Gray levelled for the visitors after pouncing on a defensive error.

A second own goal, on 66 minutes, saw Ballyclare take the lead after a Mark Shannon free-kick came off Larne's Michael McKenna on its way past 'keeper Joel Madison.

And Stephen Hughes' side went further ahead three minutes after that with Gray's second of the game, a header beyond Madison's reach.

Larne did set up a grandstand finish when, with eight minutes remaining, Paul Maguire with a 15-yard drive but, despite their best efforts, they couldn't push on for that elusive equaliser.

Larne: Madison, Bradley, Buckley, McKenna, C. Rodgers, Kane, Templeton, Dorrian, Smith, Hillen, O'Neill subs Henry (not used), McCabe (replaced Kane 80), Thompson (replaced Smith 64), Wilson (not used), Maguire (replaced Bradley 69) 

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Woods, Shannon, McMullan, McCart, Johnston, Brown, Dobbin, Trussell, Gray, Robinson subs McKnight (not used), Haskins (replaced Shannon 75), McCauley (not used), Haggan (not used)

Referee: Peter McGrath

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