BALLYCLARE Comrades manager, Eddie Hill, was left disappointed with Saturday’s 3-2 league defeat to Banbridge Town.
“It should have been all over at half time after having completely dominated for the first 40 minutes or so,” he told the Times after the Championship 2 clash.
“We should have turned round two or three up, but instead they got the only goal of the first half entirely against the run of play.
“That goal was the result of sloppy defending, but it inspired Banbridge who came out in the second half full of fire, and put us to the sword.
“We contributed to our own downfall by conceding two stonewall penalties. We couldn’t complain about either of them, and that left us with a mountain to climb.
“Simon McGowan sparked us back in to life with a late strike, and although we mounted a few attacks in added time we were unable to salvage even a point.
“With Allen Huxley, Gary Brown, Johnny McClurg and Glenn Pierce all unavailable, and Evan Forsythe injured, we had to make several changes from our successful Steel and Sons Cup quarter-final match, but that shouldn’t have made any difference. We failed to capitalise on first-half domination and paid the penalty.
“To make matters worse, our promotion rivals all won, so we slipped down the table, but we will have to regroup for the visit of Glebe Rangers on Saturday.
“On the positive side we will have a full panel to select from, so I trust that we will be able to bounce back and pick up full points to get our promotion challenge back on course.”