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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 2 April 2021 (kick off: 7.30 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Ballymena United home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Crusaders
  •   Aidan Wilson 75'
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Aidan Wilson celebrates bagging the match winner ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

WILSON WINNER BRINGS BALLYMENA'S UNBEATEN RUN TO AN END

An Aidan Wilson goal with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining handed Crusaders victory from their trip to face Ballymena United at The Showgrounds.
 
A cautious opening to the game produced few clear cut opportunities at either end.
 
Philip Lowry fired straight at Jordan Williamson without really testing the keeper with a Ben Wylie effort at the other end met a similar fate.
 
Jordan Forsythe had a great chance for the Crues midway through the first half with a free header but couldn't keep the ball on target  before, a couple of minutes later, Lowry nodded the ball crashing against the crossbar.
 
Ryan Waide tested O'Neill just after the half-hour mark before the ball was then deflected for a corner before, moments from the break, Jamie McGonigle volleyed over from the edge of the box.
 
By contrast, the second half was a much livelier affair. 
 
Ballymena had the ball in the net on 50 minutes. Waide had an effort saved by O'Neill with the ball falling loose for Ryan Harpur to touch over the line at the near post but he had strayed offside before Waide's initial effort.
 
Crusaders tested Williamson on a number of occasions, denying Jamie McGonigle, Forsythe and Adam Lecky before, on 75 minutes, eventually moving in front through Wilson with a near post finish poked past the keeper.
 
United were presented with a great opportunity to level just four minutes later. Referee Lee Tavinder pointed to the spot after ruling that Shay McCartan's effort was stopped by Rodney Brown's arm but, from the penalty, Paul McElroy could only drag the ball wide of the post.
 
Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, Addis, McKeown, Harpur, Knowles, Waide, Hume, Kelly, Wylie, McCready subs D. Graham (not used), T. Kane (replaced Harpur 86), McElroy (replaced McCready 61), McCartan (replaced Knowles 61), Ervin (not used), Beattie (not used), Farquhar (not used)
 
Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Wilson, Weir, Lowry, McGonigle, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Lecky, Brown, Clarke subs Tuffey (not used), Cushley (not used), Caddell (replaced Forsythe 90), Ruddy (not used), Owens (replaced Clarke 64), Thompson (not used), Larmour (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   0 - 1 Crusaders
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Tony Kane

    Ballymena United

    86'
  •  Yellow Card

    Rodney Brown

    Crusaders

    78'
  • GOAL

    Aidan Wilson

    Crusaders

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Ballymena United

    61'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe McCready

    Ballymena United

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shay McCartan

    Ballymena United

    61'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ross Redman
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Owen McKeown
  • Ryan Harpur red substitution 86'
  • James Knowles red substitution 61'
  • Ryan Waide
  • Trai Hume
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Ben Wylie
  • Joe McCready red substitution 61'

Substitutes

  • Dylan Graham
  • Tony Kane green substitution 86'
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 61'
  • Shay McCartan green substitution 61'
  • Jim Ervin
  • Spencer Beattie
  • Craig Farquhar

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Aidan Wilson 75'
  • Robbie Weir
  • Philip Lowry
  • Jamie McGonigle
  • Jordan Forsythe red substitution 90'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Adam Lecky
  • Rodney Brown 78'
  • Ross Clarke red substitution 64'

Substitutes

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • David Cushley
  • Declan Caddell green substitution 90'
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 64'
  • Gary Thompson
  • Daniel Larmour

Ballymena United

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