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Match Centre

League Cup
Tuesday 27 August 2019 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Referee: Declan Hassan

Ballymena United home-team
3 FT 0
away-team Newington
  •   Andrew McGrory 80'
  •   Ross Lavery 49'
  •   Cathair Friel 83'
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Ross Lavery opened the scoring for Ballymena ©PressEye.com/Brian Little

SKY BLUES BATTLE PAST RESILIENT SWANS

Ballymena United secured progression to the next round of the BetMcLean League Cup after a strong second half showing against a resilient Newington side.

The opening period was produced limited chances for either side as Newington held their own against last season's League Cup finalists, limiting the Sky Blues to a handful of half-chances.

It was the visitors that finished the first half stronger, as twice the 'Ton struck the crossbar - firstly through Jonathan Gowdy on 35 minutes and three minutes later Aodhfionn Casey seen his header come back off the woodwork.

Ballymena United finally broke the deadlock after 49 minutes when Winchester threaded the ball through for Ross Lavery to emphatically hammer past Maybin for the game's opening goal.

United almost doubled their lead on 65 minutes, when Ryan Mayse rounded the goalkeeper and squared the ball to Leroy Millar who seen his effort salvaged off the line by Casey.

The Sky Blues wrapped it up with ten minutes left through fortuitious circumstances, as Andrew McGrory's cross-come-shot caught Maybin flat footed and dropped into the goal.

Cathair Friel added a third for United just three minutes later when he headed home McGrory's looping cross from the right.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Addis, Mayse, McGinty, McCullough, Burns, McGrory, Winchester, Lecky, Kelly, Lavery subs Glendinning (not used), Harpur (not used), Friel (replaced Lecky 35), Carville (not used), Balmer (not used), Ervin (not used), Millar (replaced McGinty 46)

Newington: Maybin, O'Reilly, Brennan, Casey, Bradley, Cummings, Scollay, Mulvenna, Gowdy, Downey, McVarnock subs Archer (not used), Dempsey (replaced Mulvenna 59), Todd (replaced Gowdy 69), McGonnell (replaced Scollay 71), Devine (not used), Mbaye (not used), Begley (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   3 - 0 Newington
  • GOAL

    Cathair Friel

    Ballymena United

    83'
  • GOAL

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Padraig Scollay

    Newington

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Anthony McGonnell

    Newington

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Gowdy

    Newington

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Todd

    Newington

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Tiarnan Mulvenna

    Newington

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gerard Dempsey

    Newington

    59'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ross Lavery

    Armagh City

    54'
  • GOAL

    Ross Lavery

    Armagh City

    49'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Shane McGinty

    Dungannon Swifts

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    35'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cathair Friel

    Ballymena United

    35'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ryan Mayse
  • Shane McGinty red substitution 46'
  • Adam Lecky red substitution 35'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Andrew Burns
  • Andrew McGrory 80'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Ross Lavery 54' 49'

Substitutes

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Cathair Friel green substitution 35' 83'
  • Declan Carville
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Ryan Harpur
  • Jim Ervin
  • Leroy Millar green substitution 46'

Newington

  • Marc Maybin
  • Seán O'Reilly
  • Stephen Brennan
  • Aodhfionn Casey
  • Kevin Bradley
  • Neil Cummings
  • Padraig Scollay red substitution 71'
  • Tiarnan Mulvenna red substitution 59'
  • Jonathan Gowdy red substitution 69'
  • Patrick Downey
  • Robert McVarnock

Substitutes

  • Connor Archer
  • Gerard Dempsey green substitution 59'
  • Joe Todd green substitution 69'
  • Anthony McGonnell green substitution 71'
  • Ethan Devine
  • Abdou Mbaye
  • Sean Begley

Ballymena United

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Newington

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