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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 7 December 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Attendance: 989

Referee: Shane Andrews

Crusaders home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Joshua Kelly 88'
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Adam Lecky and Colin Coates in action ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

KELLY THE HERO AS BALLYMENA GET FIRST WIN SINCE SEPTEMBER

A Joshua Kelly goal late in the game earned Ballymena United a first league win since September with victory over Crusaders at Seaview.

Scoreless at the break, Jamie McGonigle came closest to opening the scoring when his effort from just outside the area rose before smashing off the crossbar.

Chances were scarce for large periods of the second half with Ballymena perhaps having the best opportunity when Jonny Addis flicked on a corner which came off Colin Coates on the line and then over the bar.

However, that all changed on 88 minutes when Kelly bagged what proved to be the winner with an unstoppable 25-yard drive into the top corner after receiving the ball from Adam Lecky.

Remarkably, the Crues almost hit back immediately when first a McGonigle header was well saved by Jordan Williamson before, in added time, the United keeper superbly dived to his right to deny David Cushley from the spot after Tony Kane had impeded Howard Beverland inside the box.

Crusaders: Doherty, Burns, Beverland, Coates, Lowry, McGonigle, Cushley, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Heatley, Clarke subs O'Neill (not used), Hegarty (not used), Caddell (not used), Ruddy (not used), Thompson (not used), McGinley (not used), McElroy (replaced Clarke 80)

Ballymena United: Williamson, T. Kane, Addis, Harpur, Friel, Knowles, McCullough, McGrory, Balmer, Ervin, Lecky subs Ross Glendinning (not used), McGinty (not used), K. Kane (not used), Andrew Burns (not used), Reece Glendinning (not used), Kelly (replaced Harpur 85), Lavery (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   0 - 1 Ballymena United
  • GOAL

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    80'
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    78'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kofi Balmer

    Ballymena United

    52'

Crusaders

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Howard Beverland
  • Colin Coates
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jamie McGonigle
  • David Cushley
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Paul Heatley 78'
  • Ross Clarke red substitution 80'

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Declan Caddell
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Gary Thompson
  • Reece McGinley
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 80'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Tony Kane
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ryan Harpur red substitution 85'
  • Cathair Friel
  • James Knowles
  • Steven McCullough
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Kofi Balmer 52'
  • Jim Ervin
  • Adam Lecky

Substitutes

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Shane McGinty
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Andrew Burns
  • Reece Glendinning
  • Joshua Kelly green substitution 85' 88'
  • Ross Lavery

Crusaders

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Ballymena United

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