Ballyclare Comrades set up a Steel and Sons Cup second-round trip to 1st Bangor Old Boys after Saturday’s 5-2 home win over Lower Maze.
But Eddie Hill’s men didn’t have it all their own way at Dixon Park. The visitors took a shock early lead through Thomas Neill, before Daniel Smith levelled matters on 22 minutes.
Come the interval, Lower Maze had the edge with Neill netting again to give them a 2-1 advantage.
Ballyclare hit back in the second half with four goals without reply. Kyle Agnew scored his second in as many games to restore parity.
Two goals in the space of two minutes killed off Maze hopes. Reds’ player-boss Eddie Hill gave his side the lead and new boy Johnny Harkness landed his first goal for the club moments later.
With five minutes left on the clock, Hill wrapped things up with his second of the game.