An understength Ballyclare Comrades side crashed out of the IRN-BRU League Cup last night (Tuesday), going down 7-1 to Dergview.
Gerard McAlea’s 87th-minute goal was scant consolation for Eddie Hill’s young Reds as they were put to the sword by the Castledawson outfit.
Ballyclare went into the game without the services of 13 players, owing to injuries, suspension, work commitments and holdiays.
There was a debut start for youth player Chris Crowe while his team-mates Marc Rainey and Mark Conn were named among the substitutes.
Dergview raced into a two-goal lead inside 14 minutes before adding a third on the stroke of half-time. Three minutes after the re-start they netted a fourth, before bagging goal number five on 56 minutes.
The Reds were hit for six midway through the second session, and their misery was compounded when Dergview scored a seventh on 78 minutes.
McAlea’s late strike meant the Comrades avoided a whitewash, but it will go down as a night to forget for all connected with the club.
Comrades: Flood, McClean, Pierce, Harbinson, Crowe (E. Hill), McClurg, Spence (Rainey), McAlea, Gray (Conn), Agnew, D. Higgins. Subs: E. Hill, Conn, Rainey.
Ballyclare are back in action on Saturday, hosting Moyola Park in a Championship 2 encounter at Dixon Park (3pm kick-off).