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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 30 March 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Ross Dunlop

Ballymena United home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Carrick Rangers
  •   Shay McCartan 81'
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Shay McCartan doubled Ballymena's lead late in the game ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

NOW TEN UNBEATEN FOR THE SKY BLUES

Ballymena United moved into fourth spot thanks to a two-goal victory over Carrick Rangers at The Showgrounds to stretch their current unbeaten run into double figures.
 
Lloyd Anderson crafted the first effort of the game after a couple of minutes but his shot from the edge of the box was comfortably held by Ross Glendinning.
 
At the other end Paul McElroy forced a good save from Aaron Hogg after Ryan Waide had flicked the ball on while Shay McCartan tested the visiting keeper from 25 yards.
 
Jordan Jenkins nodded just wide not long after the half-hour mark but, on 36 minutes, the deadlock was broken in Ballymena's favour after McElroy's low delivery into the box was turned into his own by Steven Gordon as he attempted to clear.
 
Carrick might have levelled on the stroke of half-time when Anderson found Jordan Gibson inside the box but Ross Glendinning did well to save with his feet.
 
A quieter second half took some time to get going with Ryan Harpur producing the first effort of note with a header just over the bar while, for Carrick, Caolan Loughran tested Glendinning with a well taken shot.
 
Ballymena made sure of the points with nine minutes remaining. Against the run of play Shay McCartan beat Lee Chapman to the ball before breaking clear to lift the ball over the advancing Hogg.
 
And there was almost a third in stoppage time - and a second for McCartan - but his effort from distance came crashing back off an upright.
 
Ballymena United: Glendinning, T. Kane, Redman, Addis, McKeown, McElroy, McCartan, Waide, Hume, Ervin, Kelly subs D. Graham (not used), Harpur (replaced McKeown 59), Knowles (not used), Wylie (replaced Waide 86), Beattie (not used), McCready (not used), Farquhar (not used)
 
Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Neale, Rodgers, Loughran, Chapman, Kelly, Gordon, Gibson, Anderson, Jenkins, McMullan subs Connor Friel (not used), Forsythe (replaced Chapman 84), Gawne (not used), Smith (replaced Gibson 67), Glendinning (not used), Storey (replaced McMullan 61), Cathair Friel (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   2 - 0 Carrick Rangers
  •  Yellow Card

    Caolan Loughran

    Carrick Rangers

    90+1'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ben Wylie

    Ballymena United

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Wylie

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Chapman

    Carrick Rangers

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kurtis Forsythe

    Carrick Rangers

    84'
  • GOAL

    Shay McCartan

    Ballymena United

    81'
  •  Yellow Card

    Michael Smith

    Carrick Rangers

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Gibson

    Carrick Rangers

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Smith

    Carrick Rangers

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Corey McMullan

    Carrick Rangers

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gerard Storey

    Carrick Rangers

    61'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Owen McKeown

    Ballymena United

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    59'
  • OWN GOAL

    Steven Gordon

    Carrick Rangers

    36'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Tony Kane
  • Ross Redman
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Owen McKeown red substitution 59'
  • Paul McElroy
  • Shay McCartan 81'
  • Ryan Waide red substitution 86'
  • Trai Hume
  • Jim Ervin
  • Joshua Kelly

Substitutes

  • Dylan Graham
  • Ryan Harpur green substitution 59'
  • James Knowles
  • Ben Wylie 89' green substitution 86'
  • Spencer Beattie
  • Joe McCready
  • Craig Farquhar

Carrick Rangers

  • Aaron Hogg
  • Reece Neale
  • Christopher Rodgers
  • Caolan Loughran 90+1'
  • Lee Chapman red substitution 84'
  • Daniel Kelly
  • Steven Gordon 36' (OG)
  • Jordan Gibson red substitution 67'
  • Lloyd Anderson
  • Jordan Jenkins
  • Corey McMullan red substitution 61'

Substitutes

  • Connor Friel
  • Kurtis Forsythe green substitution 84'
  • Alex Gawne
  • Michael Smith 74' green substitution 67'
  • Reece Glendinning
  • Gerard Storey green substitution 61'
  • Cathair Friel

Ballymena United

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Carrick Rangers

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