KILLYMOON Rangers entertained Ballyclare Comrades at MUSA last Saturday in an IFA Championship match but, after a lack-lustre display, succumbed to another home defeat.
Killymoon gave debuts to Ryan Ferry and Niall Doyle and recalled Trevor Brownlee after his hat-trick for the Reserves the previous week.
After even opening exchanges it was the away side who took the lead in fortuitous circumstances. A high ball into the Killymoon box was not dealt with by the home defence and Ferry unfortunately put the ball past Stewart in the Rangers' goal.
This gave the visitors the confidence boost that they needed and they went on to dominate the half with Killymoon failing to gel and produce any real attacking threat.
On the half hour mark a hotly disputed free kick on the edge of the Killymoon box produced Ballyclare's second goal.
Andrew Simms curled his free-kick around the defensive wall and low into the corner of the net.
It got even worse for Killymoon right on the break as Ballyclare extended their lead.
Simms hit a speculative shot from long range that seemed to present no real danger but, somehow, Stewart allowed the ball to squirm underneath his body and into the net.
The Killymoon custodian failed to appear for the second half, Michael Brown taking his place. Brown was immediately called into action to make a smart save as the loose ball ricocheted around Killymoon's box after a corner.
Ballyclare seemed to be well in control with Killymoon again failing to produce any cohesive passing and lacking a goal threat as a result.
Comrades had several opportunities to shoot from range and hit crossbar on seventy minutes and, but for the heroic efforts of Adrian Ferson in the Killymoon backline, could have extended their lead further still.
Five minutes later Jonny Young produced Killymoon's best effort of the match when he volleyed just wide from twenty yards out.
As Ballyclare tired Rangers managed to push forward and Doyle crossed for Warren Smith to head home at the back post.
A penalty shout minutes later was turned down by the referee and this proved to be all that Killymoon could muster.
Killymoon Rangers: G. Stewart, Scott, Ferry, McElhatton, Ferson, McMullan, Crooks, Doyle, Brownlee, Smith, Young subs C. Stewart (replaced Brownlee 65), Ferguson (replaced Crooks 72), McCaw (not used), Brown (replaced G. Stewart 46)
Ballyclare Comrades: Glendinning, Reid, Hill, McCullough, Wharry, Armstrong, Sharples, Brown, McClelland, Higgins, Simms subs McClurg (replaced Brown 78), McDowell (replaced McClelland 65), Ibinson (not used), Logue (not used), Holland (not used)