Mark Anderson (35)
Mark Anderson (85p)


Gary Donnelly (48)
John-Brendan Dobbin (51)



Ballyclare almost took the lead on 11 minutes when an excellent strike from Joe Tully from the edge of the 18 yard box came crashing off the PSNI crossbar.

At the other end, on 19 minutes, Tony Tumelty was through on the Comrades goal and in a one to one with Jack Hazard it was the keepers legs that prevented the PSNI from taking the lead.

One minute later Tumelty had another opportunity when Dylan Wilson was brought down inside the area as he headed for goal but Tumelty could only pull his effort from the spot wide.

However, the PSNI did move in front on 35 minutes when Nathan O'Neill squared the ball to Tumelty inside the box only for his effort to blocked on the line but only as far as Mark Anderson who lined up a shot to chip keeper Hazard and into the net.

On 48 minutes Gary Donnelly pulled the sides level when he made no mistake with his volley from the edge of the six yard box following an excellent cross from the left-wing.

Three minutes later the Comrades took the lead when a clever flick on by Eoin Kane allowed ex-PSNI player John-Brendan Dobbin to score.

At this stage of the game the Comrades held the upper hand and were playing with great confidence. Late on in the game the PSNI found a renewed source of energy and came more and more back.

Tumelty saw a header go just wide of the upright, as did Stuart Hutchinson when his effort from close in also just skimmed the Comrades post.  Moments later another Hutchinson effort destined for the Comrades goal took a deflection to safety.

But the PSNI finally got their just rewards when, on 85 minutes, Wilson was brought again down in the Comrades defence, this time by keeper Hazard.  Anderson stepped up to the mark and added his, and the PSNI's, second goal of the afternoon.

PSNI: McCauley, Ferguson, Riddle, Crawford, Simpson, Hutchinson, D. Wilson, J. Wilson, Tumelty, O'Neill, Anderson subs McCrory (not used), Moore (replaced O'Neill 75), Stewart (not used), Spence (not used), Elliott (not used)

Ballyclare Comrades: Hazard, Woods, Wright, Dobbin, Kane, Gray, Tully, Long, Robinson, Getty, Donnelly subs McQuitty (not used), Patchett (not used), Willighan (not used), Kirk (not used)

Referee: Ken Gibbons

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