Ballyclare book spot in last eight of Steel Cup

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Ballyclare Comrades confidently disposed of Drumaness Mills 4-1 en route to the quarter-final of the Steel and Sons Cup.

Early on Skipper Andrew Doyle opened the scoring when he came up for an Andy Simms corner, and headed firmly into the net.

Comrades continued to attack and Chris Monteith made a run down the right flank, before picking out Adam McCart who was off target at the back post, but soon Comrades were two up when Simon McGowan converted a penalty, after the lively Smith had been pulled down in the box.

On the half-hour Paddy Flood had to retrieve the ball from the net when McQuoid fired home a rebound after the ball had crashed against the post.

On the stroke of half-time Simms cancelled this one out, when he curled his corner directly into the home goal to stretch the lead to 3-1.

Drumaness upped the tempo on resumption, and for 20 minutes had the Reds defending in depth, forcing manager Hill to replace striker Trussell and McGowan with midfielders Stuart McClean and Gerard McAlea.

This worked effectively, and Comrades weathered the storm with their two-goal advantage intact, and when Kyle Agnew raced clear to score against the trend of play it was all over for the Amateur League outfit.

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood; Monteith, Getty, Doyle (c), Buckley; Agnew, McGowan (McAlea 59), McCart, Simms; Smith (Mullholland 78), Trussell (McClean 68). Subs not used: Higgins, Gray.

Along with all other Championship 1 and 2 clubs, Ballyclare Comrades have received a bye in the first round of the IFA Intermediate Cup. Ties are to be played on Saturday 26th, after which fans will be watching anxiously for the second round pairings.

Comrades have no match on Saturday, with their next league fixture being a home clash with Dergview on October 12.