FOOTBALL: Ballyclare buoyed by surprise victory

Michael McQuitty for Ballyclare Comrades goes for the ball against Bangor's Stephen Curry.  INLT 44-678-CON
Michael McQuitty for Ballyclare Comrades goes for the ball against Bangor's Stephen Curry. INLT 44-678-CON

Ballyclare Comrades manager, David Dorrian was in buoyant mood following the surprise win in Bangor.

“What a difference a week makes,” he enthused. “Last week’s home defeat by Lurgan Celtic cast gloom over Dixon Park and spoiled the weekend for players, fans and officials, but this win has lifted our spirits, and we are now looking forward to our next outing against Donegal Celtic in West Belfast.

“Unfortunately we have no game this weekend, so I hope that the week off won’t spoil the momentum gained from the win in Bangor,” he cautioned.

Asked about the goal that secured the points, he said that it was a “real cracker”. “Adam McCart drilled the ball in to the roof of the net with a volley from the edge of the box, showing technique that you don’t expect from a central defender.

“We had as many chances as they had, and William Wharry was unfortunate when his header rebounded off the post, while Jonah Nicholl, who was deputising for Gregg Shannon who has a groin problem, pulled off a great save in the closing minutes to prevent Bangor from salvaging a point.”

Commenting on the Chris Trussell – Stuart King partnership up top, he explained: “Stuart played in behind Chris as a number ten, and this worked very well, but after Chris had run himself in to the ground I had to replace him with Randal Reid, who is recovering from a knock picked up against Celtic.

“Eddie Hill also came off the bench, but he developed a hamstring problem, and might be doubtful for our next game against DC.”

Asked about the Michael McQuitty injury, he offered: “He had to come off at the start of the second half with a recurring hamstring problem, but he recovers quickly and should be OK (for the next match). He is an important utility player who can play anywhere across the back four and in midfield. Last season he played in central midfield for a Ballymena junior side and scored upwards of thirty goals, so he is a good addition to the squad.”

Summing up, Dorrian said: “We definitely deserved to win. We played the better football on the 3G surface, matched them physically, and had the majority of possession, despite them having a lot of experienced players.”