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Dergview narrowly defeated by leaders.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

A PENALTY just before half-time from Stewart Nixon was all that separated Dergview and Championship leaders Ballyclare Comrades at Dixon Park.

BALLYCLARE COMRADES...1
DERGVIEW...0.

The visitors were first out of the traps, but Comrades weathered their early flurry of attacking and soon exerted some pressure themselves.

In the 10th minute Thomas Wray, defending a corner, was relieved to see his misdirected header come back off the post.

On 18 minutes another corner saw the ball only cleared out to Nixon 12 yards from goal and he was able to get in an effort which went just wide of the target through a crowded box.

At the other end, on 25 minutes, Comrades keeper Paddy Flood had to make a smart save when the ball broke from a corner to Richard Lynch at the far post area and he got in a crisp shot from nine yards.

Comrades got the breakthrough in the 41st minute when Nixon got on the end of a high ball played into the box and was taken down by Graeme Taylor. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Nixon himself stepped up to convert.

Ten minutes into the second half Comrades almost doubled their lead.

A ball played through by Samuel McIlveen allowed Stewart Nixon to run through, outstripping the visitors' defence to get in an effort which was only kept out by a fine save from 'keeper Alan Buchanan, who blocked with his legs.

Livewire Nixon made another chance for himself soon after, but again he was denied by a fine save by Buchanan.

Dergview began to pile on the pressure in the final few minutes of the game, but the Comrades defence held firm to secure a narrow victory.

Dergview: Alan Buchanan, Wray, McNulty, Taylor, Falconer, M Buchanan, Adam Buchanan, Callaghan, Lynch, Campbell, Arkinson.

Subs: Maxwell, Browne,

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