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Match Centre

Premiership
Wednesday 1 January 2020 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1688

Referee: Tony Clarke

Ballymena United home-team
2 FT 3
away-team Larne
  •   Andrew McGrory 85'
  •   Ross Lavery 57'
  •   Jonathan McMurray 31' 70'
  •   Conor McKendry 90+2'
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Johnny McMurray scored twice in Larne's victory ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

LARNE COMPLETE SHOWGROUNDS DOUBLE OVER SKY BLUES

Larne defeated Ballymena United at the Showgrounds for the second time this season thanks to a Johnny McMurray doubled coupled with Conor McKendry's stoppage time free-kick.

The visitors moved in front around the half-hour mark through former United old boy McMurray who made the most of a breakaway to send a half volley past Jordan Williamson from outside the area.

It was the only bright moment in an otherwise largely dull first half but, thankfully for the assembled spectators, the second 45 minutes were much more lively.

United levelled just before the hour through Ross Lavery who beat Conor Devlin with a crisp strike through a ruck of players.

However McMurray restored Larne's lead on 69 minutes after charging down a Williamson clearance from a poor Leroy Millar backpass but, with five minutes remaining, Andy McGrory looked to have earned a point for the Sky Blues with a left-foot finish after Larne had failed to clear a throw-in.

Larne had the last laugh, though, when McKendry's set piece evaded everyone and although Williamson did get a hand to it he couldn't stop it going in.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Friel, McCullough, Andrew Burns, Carville, McGrory, Ervin, Millar, Reece Glendinning, Kelly, Lavery subs T. Kane (replaced Carville 72), Addis (not used), Whiteside (replaced Burns 83), Mayse (not used), McGinty (not used), Knowles (replaced McCullough 90+1), K. Kane (not used)

Larne: Devlin, Flowers, Kelly, Watson, Sule, Donnelly, Tilney, Lynch, Cosgrove, Hughes, McMurray subs Mitchell (not used), Ramsey (replaced Cosgrove 90+1), McEleney (not used), Randall (not used), McDaid (replaced Donnelly 59), McKendry (replaced Tilney 83), Graham (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   2 - 3 Larne
  • GOAL

    Conor McKendry

    Larne

    90+2'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    90+1'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Ballymena United

    90+1'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Tomas Cosgrove

    Larne

    90+1'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Ramsey

    Carrick Rangers

    90+1'
  • GOAL

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Burns

    Unregistered Players

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Scot Whiteside

    Unregistered Players

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Tilney

    Portadown

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McKendry

    Larne

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Carville

    Newry City

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Tony Kane

    Ballymena United

    72'
  • GOAL

    Jonathan McMurray

    Larne

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Martin Donnelly

    Larne

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David McDaid

    Larne

    59'
  • GOAL

    Ross Lavery

    Armagh City

    57'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    49'
  • GOAL

    Jonathan McMurray

    Larne

    31'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Cathair Friel
  • Steven McCullough red substitution 90+1'
  • Andrew Burns red substitution 83'
  • Declan Carville red substitution 72'
  • Andrew McGrory 85'
  • Jim Ervin
  • Leroy Millar
  • Reece Glendinning
  • Joshua Kelly 49'
  • Ross Lavery 57'

Substitutes

  • Tony Kane green substitution 72'
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Scot Whiteside green substitution 83'
  • Ryan Mayse
  • Shane McGinty
  • James Knowles green substitution 90+1'
  • Kenneth Kane

Larne

  • Conor Devlin
  • Harry Flowers
  • Graham Kelly
  • Albert Watson
  • Fuad Sule
  • Martin Donnelly red substitution 59'
  • Ben Tilney red substitution 83'
  • Lee Lynch
  • Tomas Cosgrove red substitution 90+1'
  • Jeff Hughes
  • Jonathan McMurray 31' 70'

Substitutes

  • Conor Mitchell
  • Chris Ramsey green substitution 90+1'
  • Shane McEleney
  • Mark Randall
  • David McDaid green substitution 59'
  • Conor McKendry green substitution 83' 90+2'
  • Sean Graham

Ballymena United

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Larne

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