Flood hits 100 mark

Ballyclare Comrades keeper, Paddy Flood.
Ballyclare Comrades keeper, Paddy Flood.

TWO Ballyclare Comrades players became centurions at the end of a successful season when they each played more than 100 games for the club.

Goalkeeper Paddy Flood has now recorded 110 appearances, while Kyle Agnew has 102, including those as substitute..

Both, however, trail well behind assistant-manager Stuart McClean whose nine appearances took his overall total to 319.

Nobody else managed to pass the 300 mark, but manager Eddie Hill took his tally to 274, while Andy Simms has 217.

Skipper Ricky Higgins leads a posse of century makers with 181, followed by Evan Forsythe (178), Simon McGowan (166), Allen Huxley (149), Stevie McDowell, now with Ballynure OB,(132), Flood (110) and Agnew (102), while Craig Reid on 88 is homing in on his first three figures since joining from Carrick Rangers.

The team played 39 league and cup matches during the season, but nobody qualified for a full attendance award.

Adam Gray, in his first season since transferring from Chimney Corner, was tops with 36, just one ahead of Agnew, 35, followed by McGowan, 34, McClurg, 33 and Flood, 33, while midfielder Gerard McAlea notched up 32 in his first season since coming from Annagh United.

All above figures include appearances as substitute.

Another newcomer, Chris Shimmon, rocketed up the goal-scorer’s chart after coming to Dixon Park from Bangor in January.

In only 16 appearances the ace striker scored an unbelievable 21 goals, including seven doubles and a four!

His prolific scoring feats went a long way towards the Comrades securing promotion to Championship 1 with five points to spare.

Until the arrival of Shimmon, McClurg and Higgins had been battling out for the Top Scorer’s Trophy, but they had to be content with second and third places with 14 and 10 goals respectively.

However, Eddie Hill is still out in front as the club’s current overall top scorer with 69 strikes in 274 appearances, but Ricky Higgins is closing in fast with 68 from 181, while Andy Simms who returned home after a short spell with Larne is next with 33 from 217.

Manager Hill has confirmed that all players have signed up for the club’s return to Championship 1, so all the above will be striving to add to their totals in the new campaign, but goals may be harder to come by at the higher level.