Ballyclare Comrades secure passage with comfortable win over Kilmore

Ballyclare's Chris Trussell
Ballyclare's Chris Trussell

Ballyclare Comrades dispatched Kilmore Rec 3-0 to move into the sixth round of the Irish Cup.

Kilmore opened strongly and had a chance inside the first two minutes when a mistake in the Comrades defence allowed Traynor through one on one with the keeper but Paddy Flood did well to block.

A few minutes later a long ball found Alan Gray who crossed into the middle from Mark Wilkinson but the big striker stuffed his shot wide from four yards.

In the sixth minute Comrades hit the front from the penalty spot after Chris Trussell had been brought down in the box – Johnny McClurg stepped up to convert the penalty.

Three minutes later Comrades were two ahead when Chris Trussell finished neatly from eight yards.

Comrades spell of dominance continued with a third goal in the 13th minute when Daniel Smith curled a beautiful shot into the corner of the net from 16 yards.

The second half saw Comrades content to defend their lead and Kilmore could make little inroads through a strong home defence, however they had a big chance in the 62nd minute when a penalty was awarded for hand ball in the box.

Traynor stepped up to take the penalty kick but Paddy Flood made a great save and also did very well to block a follow-up effort.

Ballyclare: Flood Monteith, Doyle, Getty, Cooper Smith, McGowan, McClurg, Gray Trussell, Wilkinson subs Doherty, Agnew, Gage, Simms, McCart

Kilmore: McKenna, Murphy, McGarry, Larkin, Miskelly, Smyth, Boyle, Hardy, Kennedy, Traynor, Curran subs: Holland, McGonagle, McKendry, Armstrong