A DOUBLE strike by teenager Michael Anderson underpinned Ballyclare Comrades Reserves’ comprehensive league win against Mallusk Athletic.
After Jonathan Boyd had opened the scoring, Anderson weighed in with one in each half to secure the 3-0 whitewash in a Ballymena Junior League Division 1 fixture.
In the 15th minute Boyd chipped the ball neatly over a defender and followed up to beat the keeper with a looping header. Play continued to be mainly in Mallusk territory, and eventually Anderson ran on to a nicely weighted pass from Harry Spence and rocketed the ball in to the bottom corner from the inside-left position.
The Mallusk keeper made fine saves to thwart Boyd, David Higgins and Niall McErlean, while at the opposite end Warren McAllister was relatively idle.
The highlight of the second session was Anderson’s piledriver in to the top corner of the net from the edge of the box, and only soaund defensive play prevented the Wee Reds from adding to their tally.
Ballyclare Comrades Res: McAllister; Lynch, Lunney, Pierce (C), Bond; McErlean, Spence, O’Hare, Anderson; Boyd, Higgins.
Manager Jonathan Watson said: “After turning round two-up we coasted to an easy win to maintain our unbeaten record. In the second half in particular we were firmly in control and I suppose we should have scored more than three.
“For the second week in succession, 16-year-old Michael Anderson was our star performer. His first goal was a screamer with his left foot and then he repeated the performance with his right foot.”
Tomorrow (Saturday 3), the Reserves travel to The Diamond in Rathcoole for a local derby with Ballynure OB B, who were promoted at the end of last season under manager Henry McWilliams.