DESPITE dropping points to Glebe Rangers at Dixon Park, Ballyclare Comrades manager Eddie Hill was in buoyant form after last Saturday’s 1-1 draw.
“After turning in one of our best performances of the season in the second half, I can’t criticise the players,” he told the Times.
“We didn’t play badly in the first half, but after changing the system at the interval we turned on the style. To accommodate more attacking tactics, I had to sacrifice left-back Chris Monteith to switch to a more attacking 3-4-3 formation.
“This completely changed the match; we were in complete control and were camped in their territory for the rest of the game.
“We hit the bar once and the post twice, but we just could not find the winner. All credit to the Glebe keeper who was absolutely brilliant, as, time after time, he emerged with the ball when we looked likely to score.
“We had only one scare in the second half when a misunderstanding between Johnny McClurg and Paddy Flood almost cost us a goal, but otherwise it was one-way traffic towards the opposite end.
“With Simon McGowan absent, we had to make changes, with Ross Earley and Craig Reid dropping to the bench, to be replaced by defenders Paul Harbinson and Aaron Montgomery.
“Gary Brown came in to partner Ricky Higgins up front while Johnny McClurg also returned to his usual midfield position.
“Perhaps the changes affected us a little in the first half, but the lads all put in maximum effort and were unfortunate to turn round one down.
“Today we host PSNI and we won’t be underestimating them. There are a lot of good teams in this league; we have beaten all the front-runners but have been slipping up against others, so picking up three points against them will be a top priority.
“Thankfully, I will have a full squad to select from, and I will be challenging the players to carry last Saturday’s second-half momentum in to the PSNI clash.”
Meanwhile, the members of Ballyclare Comrades Supporters’ Club wish to express their sympathy to midfielder Simon Magowan on the death of his grandmother.