CHAMPIONSHIP 1: Coagh United 0 Comrades 2

Ballyclare's Chris Trussell scored both goals in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Coagh United to take his season's goals tally to 25. Photo: Presseye
Ballyclare's Chris Trussell scored both goals in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Coagh United to take his season's goals tally to 25. Photo: Presseye

A Chris Trussell double in Coagh ended Ballyclare Comrades’ misery on Tuesday evening, following six consecutive defeats.

The big striker netted one in each half to take his impressive tally for the season to 25, and he just missed out on a hat-trick in the merited 2-0 win.

At the weekend manager Eddie Hill indicated he might come out of retirement in a bid to steady the drifting ship, but he contented himself with a cameo stint of 23 minutes after replacing Mark Wilkinson.

His presence coincided with a period of late pressure that produced the vital second strike by the ever alert Trussell, who nipped in ahead of his marker to collect a Joel Cooper pass and volley past Chambers.

Trussell’s opener came in the 15th minute in Ballyclare’s first serious assault on the home goal. It was a predatory strike as he was first to react after Chambers parried an Agnew shot.

The hosts were on top for a time, but approaching the interval the pendulum swung back in the Comrades’ favour, with Trussell twice denied by the keeper.

Adam Gray’s shot seemed destined for the top corner of the net until Chambers tipped the ball over the bar, and from the resultant corner McCart headed just wide.

In home counter-attacks, a Moore effort crashed against the bar, while Flood did well to gather a deflected drive from Dallas.

These scares had the faithful band of travelling fans worried, but with Hill directing operations at the heart of the action, the Comrades regained the initiative when Trussel sealed the points with an 84th-minute strike.

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood; Young (McClurg 73), McCart, Gage, Cooper; Agnew, McClean, Simms, Gray (Buckley 60); Wilkinson (Hill 67), Trussell. Subs not used: Getty, Smith.