First points on the board in away draw for Dromara Village

This game was the third time the sides had met this season, with another tie next week.

However, it was the first time facing their former side for Comber manager Phil McDonagh, as well as players Kevin and Paul Johnston.

Dromara had new faces in the squad now a run of cup matches in which they were ineligible had finished. Their first match together added to the occasion.

It was Comber who came out of the blocks quicker. After only a few minutes, the right midfielder was allowed to come inside and got a 25 yard shot away that looped over Rogan in the Dromara net.

Dromara continued to find their feet and were rewarded when a headed effort from McDonald saw the keeper back pedaling, the support nearby were sure it was over the line before the goalkeeper hooked it out, and the referee agreed.

The game continued to be open, and Comber took the lead again after the striker was allowed to come inside onto his stronger right foot and found the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Shortly after Rogan, in the Dromara net for the first time, pulled off a fantastic save as a header looked to curl towards his near post. This boosted Dromara’s players, with another equaliser coming from the head of debutant Reid, following a great in swinging free kick by Chievers.

As the first half drew to a close, Reid went close with another header.

The second half started off evenly, but it was again Comber who took the lead, with the centre forward blocking all oncoming defenders, the right midfielder was able to come inside and find another long range effort that was put in at the second attempt by the forward.

Dromara continued to try to play football. Reid showed some excellent composure on the ball, and the pairing of McDonald and Toner kept the back four well protected.

With the intensity levels of the first half, both sides started to show signs of fatigue. This led to needless free kicks being given away around the half. It was from just this that Dromara got their equaliser. Nutt floated the ball into the back post and the Comber defender guided it into his own net.

Dromara were happy to see their first points on the board, away to a side buoyed by back to back wins. The next fixture is home to Comber Rec in the Intermediate Cup.