Comrades set to lock horns with Dundela

Ballyclare Comrades boss, Eddie Hill
Ballyclare Comrades boss, Eddie Hill

The much awaited Ballyclare Comrades - Dundela Intermediate Cup clash had to be postponed last weekend, but the old rivals are set to lock horns tomorrow afternoon (3 pm).

Part of the Dixon Park playing surface was under water, so following a morning pitch inspection, last Saturday’s game was called off.

A few weeks ago the Duns were undone when they came to Ballyclare in a league fixture, so no doubt manager Mark Snodden will have them geared up to triumph in this Cup tie, but his counterpart, Eddie Hill, is up for the challenge.

“The first clash was a cracker with a terrific finish,” said Eddie.

“We managed to shade it with two late strikes in injury-time, so I hope that this time we will be able to send them packing empty-handed again.

“Gerard McAlea, Kyle Buckley, Chris Getty and myself are all suspended, so this will provide an opportunity for some of the players returning from injury to get some game time.

“George Young is still cup-tied, but striker Ryan Dunlop is not, so he will come in to the reckoning along with the other new signing, Denver Gage,” he confirmed.

Ballyclare have a marvellous home record, having won 11 of their 15 outings this season, with only two defeats to Glentoran in the League Cup, and Bangor the Championship 1 leaders, with two drawn against Donegal Celtic and the Welders.

Added Hill: “The lads are proud of their home record, and like to talk about fortress Dixon. I hope they will let their feet do the talking on Saturday with a few goals and a win.”