Hill delighted with Doyle’s call-up to NI junior team

Ballyclare Comrades skipper Andrew Doyle
Ballyclare Comrades skipper Andrew Doyle

BALLYCLARE Comrades skipper, Andrew Doyle, is hoping to return from Limerick with a prized Northern Ireland Junior International cap.

The former Nortel central defender is in Harry McConkey’s squad for this week’s quadrangular tournament, and he hopes to secure a starting place.

“It is a well deserved honour for Andrew,” said Comrades boss Eddie Hill. “He has been the rock in our defence since coming to Dixon Park last season, and he fully deserves to be recognised.

“His selection is also an honour for Ballyclare Comrades, and we all hope that he does himself justice.

“As usual he led from the front in our 4-1 win over Drumaness in the Steel and Sons Cup on Saturday, and his early goal got us on our way.

“After that we were never behind, and were well worth our convincing win. Drumaness were, as expected, a big strong side, but the wide pitch suited our style perfectly.

“I am particularly pleased how well Adam McCart (from Glebe Rangers) and Daniel Smith (ex-Newington YC) have fitted in. Adam has established himself in midfield, while Daniel adds pace to the attack, and has an eye for goal.

Asked about the defence, Eddie added: “We have a settled back four with Chris Getty and Andrew Doyle dominant at the heart of the defence, while Chris Monteith and Kyle Buckley are developing into attacking full-backs.

“Keeper Paddy Flood is a safe pair of hands and against Drumaness he dealt confidently with crosses into the box, and he also punched the ball clear on a couple of occasions. However, we haven’t had a clean sheet for a few weeks, so that will be one of our targets,” he explained.

The Comrades’ next outing is a home league match against Dergview on Saturday, October 12.

Drumaness Mills v Comrades Steel and Sons Cup match report online: www.newtownabbeytimes.co.uk