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Match Centre

League Cup
Tuesday 29 October 2019 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Referee: Steven Gregg

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Crusaders
  •   Andrew McGrory 49p'
  •   Jamie McGonigle 39'
  •   Jarlath O'Rourke 119'
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Jarlath O'Rourke celebrates his last gasp winner ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)

CRUES THROUGH TO LAST FOUR AFTER LAST GASP O'ROURKE WINNER

Jarlath O'Rourke struck right at the end of extra-time as Crusaders defeated Ballymena United in the BetMcLean League Cup quarter-finals at the Showgrounds.

The game got off to a relatively bright start with both sides having opportunities in front of goal.

For Ballymena Jonny Addis had a go from distance but the ball fell of the upright before play switched to the other end when Declan Caddell found himself through only to fire straight at Jordan Williamson.

Adam Lecky then threatened with a turn and shot which Sean O'Neill parried away, Leroy Millar then saw a right-foot effort saved followed by another Lecky attempt which sailed just over.

A bit of a dip followed before, six minutes from the break, Jamie McGonigle opened the scoring for the Crues with a strong 20-yard drive which sailed by Williamson into the top corner.

Crusaders were dealt a double blow early in the second half.

Rory Hale was shown a straight red card for handling Addis' header on the goalline and, from the penalty that followed, Andrew McGrory confidently fired past O'Neill.

Both sides chased the win with Lecky having a goalbound header well saved by O'Neill just after the hour while McGonigle had a shot stopped at the end of a long run although he might have laid the ball off for Philip Lowry who was better placed to shoot.

Ballymena were reduced to ten men themselves on 83 minutes when Lecky was dismissed for an off the ball incident with Lowry.

Paul Heatley had the ball in the net for the Crues early in the second period of extra-time only to be ruled out offside.

However, there was no doubting O'Rourke's 119th minute finish after he popped up on the edge of the six yard box to slide home Ross Clarke's ball from the right side of the area.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Addis, Harpur, McCullough, K. Kane, McGrory, Balmer, Ervin, Lecky, Millar, Kelly subs Glendinning (not used), Mayse (replaced K. Kane 93), McGinty (not used), Carville (replaced Harpur 19), Winchester (not used), Aaron Burns (replaced Millar 69), Lavery (not used)

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Coates, Lowry, McGonigle, Hale, Caddell, O'Rourke, K. Owens, Heatley, McElroy subs Doherty (not used), Beverland (not used), Cushley (replaced McGonigle 95), Ruddy (not used), J. Owens (not used), Thompson (replaced McElroy 63), Clarke (replaced Caddell 89)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   1 - 2 Crusaders
  • GOAL

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    49p'
  • GOAL

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    119'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    95'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    94'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    93'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Mayse

    Ballinamallard United

    93'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    89'
  •  Red Card

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jim Ervin

    Ballymena United

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    76'
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Burns

    Portadown

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    63'
  •  Red Card

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    49'
  • GOAL

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    39'
  •  Yellow Card

    Colin Coates

    Glenavon

    27'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    19'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Carville

    Newry City

    19'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    5'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Adam Lecky 85'
  • Andrew McGrory 49p'
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Jim Ervin 85'
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Kenneth Kane red substitution 93'
  • Leroy Millar red substitution 69'
  • Ryan Harpur 5' red substitution 19'
  • Steven McCullough

Substitutes

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Aaron Burns green substitution 69'
  • Declan Carville green substitution 19'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Ross Lavery
  • Ryan Mayse green substitution 93'
  • Shane McGinty

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns 94'
  • Colin Coates 27'
  • Declan Caddell 76'
  • Jamie McGonigle 39'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke 119'
  • Kyle Owens
  • Paul Heatley 73'
  • Philip Lowry
  • Paul McElroy
  • Rory Hale 49'

Substitutes

  • Gerard Doherty
  • David Cushley green substitution 95'
  • Gary Thompson green substitution 63'
  • Howard Beverland
  • Jordan Owens
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Ross Clarke green substitution 89'

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