Match Centre

League Cup
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Referee: Steven Gregg

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Crusaders
  •   Adam Lecky
  •   Andrew McGrory 49p'
  •   Jim Ervin
  •   Kenneth Kane
  •   Leroy Millar
  •   Ryan Harpur
  •   Aaron Burns
  •   Declan Carville
  •   Ryan Mayse
  •   Billy Joe Burns
  •   Colin Coates
  •   Declan Caddell
  •   Jamie McGonigle 39'
  •   Jarlath O'Rourke 119'
  •   Paul Heatley
  •   Rory Hale
  •   David Cushley
  •   Gary Thompson
  •   Ross Clarke
football
Jarlath O'Rourke celebrates his last gasp winner ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)

CRUES THROUGH TO LAST FOUR AFTER LAST GASP O'ROURKE WINNER

Jarlath O'Rourke struck right at the end of extra-time as Crusaders defeated Ballymena United in the BetMcLean League Cup quarter-finals at the Showgrounds.

The game got off to a relatively bright start with both sides having opportunities in front of goal.

For Ballymena Jonny Addis had a go from distance but the ball fell of the upright before play switched to the other end when Declan Caddell found himself through only to fire straight at Jordan Williamson.

Adam Lecky then threatened with a turn and shot which Sean O'Neill parried away, Leroy Millar then saw a right-foot effort saved followed by another Lecky attempt which sailed just over.

A bit of a dip followed before, six minutes from the break, Jamie McGonigle opened the scoring for the Crues with a strong 20-yard drive which sailed by Williamson into the top corner.

Crusaders were dealt a double blow early in the second half.

Rory Hale was shown a straight red card for handling Addis' header on the goalline and, from the penalty that followed, Andrew McGrory confidently fired past O'Neill.

Both sides chased the win with Lecky having a goalbound header well saved by O'Neill just after the hour while McGonigle had a shot stopped at the end of a long run although he might have laid the ball off for Philip Lowry who was better placed to shoot.

Ballymena were reduced to ten men themselves on 83 minutes when Lecky was dismissed for an off the ball incident with Lowry.

Paul Heatley had the ball in the net for the Crues early in the second period of extra-time only to be ruled out offside.

However, there was no doubting O'Rourke's 119th minute finish after he popped up on the edge of the six yard box to slide home Ross Clarke's ball from the right side of the area.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Addis, Harpur, McCullough, K. Kane, McGrory, Balmer, Ervin, Lecky, Millar, Kelly subs Glendinning (not used), Mayse (replaced K. Kane 93), McGinty (not used), Carville (replaced Harpur 19), Winchester (not used), Aaron Burns (replaced Millar 69), Lavery (not used)

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Coates, Lowry, McGonigle, Hale, Caddell, O'Rourke, K. Owens, Heatley, McElroy subs Doherty (not used), Beverland (not used), Cushley (replaced McGonigle 95), Ruddy (not used), J. Owens (not used), Thompson (replaced McElroy 63), Clarke (replaced Caddell 89)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   1 - 2 Crusaders
  • GOAL

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    119'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Crusaders

    95'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    94'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    93'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Mayse

    Ballinamallard United

    93'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    89'
  •  Red Card

    Adam Lecky

    Ballymena United

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jim Ervin

    Ballymena United

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    76'
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Burns

    Ballymena United

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gary Thompson

    Crusaders

    63'
  •  Red Card

    Rory Hale

    Crusaders

    49'
  • GOAL

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    39'
  •  Yellow Card

    Colin Coates

    Glenavon

    27'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    19'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Carville

    Newry City

    19'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    5'
  • GOAL

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    0'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Adam Lecky 85
  • Andrew McGrory  49p
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Jim Ervin 85
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Kenneth Kane red subsititutions  93
  • Leroy Millar red subsititutions  69
  • Ryan Harpur 5 red subsititutions  19
  • Steven McCullough

Substitutions

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Aaron Burns green subsititutions  69
  • Declan Carville green subsititutions  19
  • Jude Winchester
  • Ross Lavery
  • Ryan Mayse green subsititutions  93
  • Shane McGinty

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns 94
  • Colin Coates 27
  • Declan Caddell 76
  • Jamie McGonigle  39
  • Jarlath O'Rourke  119
  • Kyle Owens
  • Paul Heatley 73
  • Philip Lowry
  • Paul McElroy
  • Rory Hale 49

Substitutions

  • Gerard Doherty
  • David Cushley green subsititutions  95
  • Gary Thompson green subsititutions  63
  • Howard Beverland
  • Jordan Owens
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Ross Clarke green subsititutions  89

Ballymena United

club-logo
club-logo

Crusaders

club-logo
club-logo