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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 28 September 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1547

Referee: Evan Boyce

Ballymena United home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Andrew McGrory 57'
  •   Ruaidhrí Donnelly 24'
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Ballymena United players celebrate taking the lead ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter

SKY BLUES FIGHT BACK TO CLAIM POINTS

Ballymena United fought back from a goal down to defeat Cliftonville at The Showgrounds.

There was little to report during the opening exchanges with perhaps the Reds coming closest when Joe Gormley saw an effort from an acute angle palmed away by Ross Glendinning.

Gormley turned provider just moments later, however, when he supplied the through ball that teed Rory Donnelly up to send a low shot beyond the United keeper to open the scoring on 24 minutes.

And Gormley almost made it 2-0 just before the break only to just fail to connect to Chris Curran's cross from the right to close out a half during which the Reds were on top.

The Sky Blues looked a much better proposition in the second half, coming close early on when Ryan Mayse skimmed a left-foot effort off the top of the bar before, on 57 minutes, levelled courtesy of Andy McGrory's close range tap in after Leroy Millar had crossed from the left.

Then, on 69 minutes, David Jeffrey's side moved in front with what proved to be the winner after McGrory's right-sided cross was attempted to be cleared by Jamie Harney only for the ball to come off defender Conor McDermott and into his own net.

Ballymena looked to extend their lead towards the end but Mayse fired over when well placed before, in the closing moments, Gormley almost levelled for Cliftonville but was denied by a stunning stop from Glendinning.

Ballymena United: Glendinning, Addis, Whiteside, Mayse, McCullough, Carville, McGrory, Winchester, Ervin, Millar, Kelly subs Williamson (not used), McGinty (not used), Harpur (not used), K. Kane (replaced Mayse 86), Burns (not used), Balmer (replaced Whiteside 86), Lavery (not used)

Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Harney, C. Curran, R. Donnelly, Bagnall, Doherty, Gormley, McMenamin, A. Donnelly, Gorman subs Dunne (not used), Breen (not used), R. Curran (replaced Bagnall 74), Garrett (replaced Harney 89), Foster (not used), Maguire (replaced C. Curran 85), Rocks (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   2 - 1 Cliftonville
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Harney

    Cliftonville

    9'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Harney

    Cliftonville

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Garrett

    Cliftonville

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Scot Whiteside

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Mayse

    Ballinamallard United

    86'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Carville

    Newry City

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kofi Balmer

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Maguire

    Cliftonville

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Liam Bagnall

    Cliftonville

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    74'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    69'
  • GOAL

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    57'
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Donnelly

    Cliftonville

    32'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    26'
  • GOAL

    Ruaidhrí Donnelly

    Glentoran

    24'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Scot Whiteside red substitution 86'
  • Ryan Mayse red substitution 86'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Declan Carville 86'
  • Andrew McGrory 57'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Jim Ervin
  • Leroy Millar
  • Joshua Kelly 26'

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Shane McGinty
  • Ryan Harpur
  • Kenneth Kane green substitution 86'
  • Andrew Burns
  • Kofi Balmer green substitution 86'
  • Ross Lavery

Cliftonville

  • Richard Brush
  • Conor McDermott
  • Jamie Harney 9' red substitution 89'
  • Chris Curran red substitution 85'
  • Ruaidhrí Donnelly 24'
  • Liam Bagnall red substitution 74'
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley 69'
  • Conor McMenamin
  • Aaron Donnelly 32'
  • Joe Gorman

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Garry Breen
  • Ryan Curran green substitution 74'
  • Stephen Garrett green substitution 89'
  • Seanan Foster
  • Thomas Maguire green substitution 85'
  • Donal Rocks

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