Comrades progress in Irish Cup

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CENTRAL defender Glenn Pierce secured Ballyclare Comrades’ place in the fifth round of the Irish Cup when his second-half header clinched a 3-2 win.

With home advantage against Portstewart, fans might have expected a relatively easy passage to the next stage of the competition, but only a Johnny McClurg double kept them on level terms at the interval.

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood; Reid, Pierce, Montgomery, Doherty; Agnew, McGowan, McAlea, McClurg, Gray; Hill.

Full match report and reaction in this week’s Times