Gareth Brown (33)

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Chris Trussell (56)

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Gareth Brown opened the scoring for Institute (Picture: Freddie Parkinson/PressEye.com)

'STUTE AND COMRADES SHARE SPOILS AFTER TABLE TOPPING CLASH

'Stute started well, going close after 12 minutes when Stephen O'Donnell found Gareth Brown with a superb pass but his right footed effort crept inches past Paddy Flood's right hand post.

Just before the half hour mark some last ditch defending by centre-back duo Daryl McDermott and Stephen O'Donnell kept the scoreline blank, as they stood up well and blocked a number of shots.

In the closing minutes of the first half, Michael McCrudden was inches away from scoring a second but his long range drive, fizzed just wide.

Right on the stroke of half-time another super piece of defending this time by 'Stute's Ryan Morrow. The right back did well to divert the ball away from an unmarked Thomas Robinson, who was about to head home Curtis Woods' inch perfect cross. 

Comrades had a good chance to level things on 52 minutes but Jason Johnston's close range strike was straight at 'keeper Martin Gallagher.

Ballyclare deservedly levelled things four minutes later as Chris Trussell's 25 yard drive seem to catch out Gallagher, as the ball flew through McDermott's legs.

On 70 minutes O'Hanlon's goal bound shot from just inside the box was deflected wide by Aaron Harkin. Right at the death 'Stute substitute Ryan Doherty had a half chance, but Adam Gray got back to challenge. 

Institute: Gallagher, Morrow, McFadden, O'Donnell, McDermott, A. Harkin, S. Curry, C. Harkin, Brown, McCrudden, McIntyre subs McCarron (replaced S. Curry 62), R. Doherty (replaced McIntyre 77), Roddy (replaced McFadden 87), Jarvis (not used), Muldoon (not used)

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Woods, McQuitty, Gray, Johnston, Youle, Dobbin, O'Hanlon, Trussell, Taggart, Robinson subs Shannon (not used), Haskins (not used), McCauley (not used), Haggan (not used), Cummings (not used)

Referee: Peter McGrath

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