Darius Roohi (50)


Darius Roohi grabbed the only goal of the game (Picture: Freddie Parkinson/PressEye.com)


There was little between the sides in the first half and the 0–0 scoreline at the break was a fair reflection on play.

On the 50th minute 18-year-old Darius Roohi broke the deadlock when he beat the offside trap and latched onto a fine through ball from Johnny Courtney.

With Paddy Flood racing off his line, Roohi took his time, picked his spot and sent the ball into the Comrades goal.

Only then did the Comrades throw caution to the wind and launched a much more attacking style of play.

The PSNI midfield, defence and lady luck all played a part in helping defender their slender advantage, but none more so than 'keeper Jordan Williamson.

On a number of occasions he was called upon to perform top drawer saves, the most impressive coming on 79 minutes when, in quick succession, he appeared to have been beaten but his lighting quick reactions resulted in two world class saves.

PSNI: Williamson, McCullagh, Riddle, McCrory, A. Wright, Berry, McDermott, J. Wright, Roohi, Courtney, McWilliams subs McCleery (replaced Roohi 82), Kirk (replaced McCrory 85), Adamczyk (replaced McWilliams 73)

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Woods, Youle, Gray, Johnston, Brown, Dobbin, O'Hanlon, Lynch, Taggart, McMullan subs Thompson (not used), McIlveen (not used), Robinson (replaced Taggart 54), Trussell (replaced Brown 70), McKnight (not used)

Referee: Glenn Taylor

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