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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 17 August 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Inver Park

Attendance: 1850

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Larne home-team
2 FT 4
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Mark Randall 35'
  •   Jonathan McMurray 75'
  •   Jonathan Addis 6'
  •   Cathair Friel 51'
  •   Andrew McGrory 37'
  •   Jude Winchester 57'
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Leroy Millar rises above Fuad Sule ©Evan Logan/INPHO

BALLYMENA INFLICT FIRST DEFEAT UPON LARNE

Ballymena United earned the local bragging rights with victory over high flying Larne at Inver Park.

Jonny Addis opened the scoring for Ballymena as early as the sixth minute in spectacular fashion when, inside his own half, he spotted Larne keeper Conor Devlin off his line and proceeded to lob the ball over his head and just under the bar.

Larne almost levelled just a couple of minutes after that through David McDaid but his well struck half volley crashed back off the top of the bar.

Tiernan Lynch's side did equalise ten minutes from the break, however, through summer arrival Mark Randall who slotted home after McDaid found him with a clever ball inside the box.

But, just two minutes later, Andy McGrory restored Ballymena's advantage with a back post finish from Steven McCullough's cross.

Then, six minutes into the second half, Cathair Friel made it 3-1 to the visitors with a fantastic half volley which looped over Devlin.

And the Sky Blues went further ahead within six minutes courtesy of Jude Winchester's thundering drive into the roof of the net from around 20 yards out.

Larne pushed hard to get back into the game, coming close twice in quick succession through Tomas Cosgrove and Lee Lynch before, with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining, Johnny McMurray did find the net from around six yards after Randall had played the ball into the area.

However, it wasn't enough to spark a home revival as Larne fell to their first defeat of the season.

Larne: Devlin, Kelly, Watson, McEleney, Sule, Randall, McDaid, Donnelly, Tilney, Cosgrove, Hughes subs Mitchell (not used), Ramsey (not used), Stewart (not used), Lynch (replaced Donnelly 58), Hassin (not used), Graham (replaced Tilney 73), McMurray (replaced Hughes 58)

Ballymena United: Glendinning, Addis, Harpur, Friel, McCullough, Burns, Carville, McGrory, Winchester, Ervin, Millar subs Williamson (not used), Kane (not used), Mayse (not used), McGinty (replaced Winchester 80), Balmer (replaced Burns 46), Kelly (not used), Lavery (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Larne   2 - 4 Ballymena United
  •  Yellow Card

    David McDaid

    Larne

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shane McGinty

    Dungannon Swifts

    80'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Carville

    Newry City

    78'
  • GOAL

    Jonathan McMurray

    Larne

    75'
  •  Yellow Card

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Tilney

    Larne

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Graham

    Larne

    73'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    61'
  • GOAL

    Jonathan Addis

    Ballymena United

    6'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Martin Donnelly

    Larne

    58'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jeff Hughes

    Larne

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Larne

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Larne

    58'
  • GOAL

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    57'
  • GOAL

    Cathair Friel

    Ballymena United

    51'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Burns

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kofi Balmer

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • GOAL

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    37'
  • GOAL

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    35'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andrew Burns

    Ballymena United

    27'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    19'

Larne

  • Conor Devlin
  • Graham Kelly
  • Albert Watson
  • Shane McEleney
  • Fuad Sule
  • Mark Randall 19' 35'
  • David McDaid 81'
  • Martin Donnelly red substitution 58'
  • Ben Tilney red substitution 73'
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Jeff Hughes red substitution 58'

Substitutes

  • Conor Mitchell
  • Chris Ramsey
  • Thomas Stewart
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 58'
  • Liam Hassin
  • Sean Graham green substitution 73'
  • Jonathan McMurray green substitution 58' 75'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Jonathan Addis 6'
  • Andrew Burns 27' red substitution 46'
  • Ryan Harpur 61'
  • Cathair Friel 51'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Declan Carville 78'
  • Andrew McGrory 37'
  • Jude Winchester red substitution 80' 57'
  • Jim Ervin
  • Leroy Millar 74'

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Tony Kane
  • Ryan Mayse
  • Shane McGinty green substitution 80'
  • Kofi Balmer green substitution 46'
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Ross Lavery

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