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Match Centre

League Cup
Wednesday 13 October 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Seaview

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Crusaders home-team
2 FT 3
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Ben Kennedy 40'
  •   Jordan Owens 113'
  •   Jonte Smith 5' 120'
  •   Daniel Bramall 105'
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Jonte Smith opens the scoring for Ballymena ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

JONTE'S DOUBLE SEES UNITED THROUGH

Ballymena United booked their place in the quarter-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup thanks to a dramatic win over Crusaders at Seaview.

It took the visitors just five minutes to open the scoring through Jonte Smith who beat Jonny Tuffey with a glancing header into the bottom corner after Ross Redman had floated over a free-kick.

However, the Crues went in at the break on level terms when, on 39 minutes, Ben Kennedy saw his deflected effort deflect off defender Conor Keeley and wrong foot keeper Jordan Williamson.

United might have regained the lead soon after only for Caolan Loughran to strike the crossbar with a header from a corner.

Crusaders came close to edging in front early in the second half but Loughran was on hand to block a drilled effort from Kennedy before Williamson dived to his left to keep out a Ross Clarke shot.

Jarlath O'Rourke, scorer of the winner when the sides met at the weekend, then had a chance but could only drag his shot wide while, for United, Jude Winchester was denied by a good stop from Tuffey.

The Crues did have the ball in the net after that but Jordan Owens' header was ruled out offside by referee Lee Tavinder following a foul on Williamson.

Ballymena looked the more dangerous as the game moved into extra-time with efforts from Andy McGrory and Leroy Millar going close before, on 105 minutes, substitute Daniel Bramall unleashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner from around 30 yards out.

But back came Crusaders on 113 minutes to equalise for a second time after Owens was on hand to nod home from close range at the back post.

Yet the night eventually belonged to the Sky Blues when, right on the 120th minute, Smith headed home the dramatic winner from Bramall's cross delivered from the left.

Crusaders: Tuffey, Hegarty, Wilson, Weir, Kennedy, Doyle, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Patterson, Owens, Clarke subs Kerr (not used), Burns (replaced Patterson 106), Frazer (replaced Doyle 70), Caddell (replaced Weir 46), Heatley (replaced Clarke 70), Robinson (replaced Wilson 91), Patterson (not used)

Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, McKeown, Winchester, McElroy, Henderson, McGrory, Loughran, Keeley, Millar, Smith subs Johnston (not used), Chapman (replaced McKeown 79), Kane (not used), Barr (not used), Bramall (replaced McElroy 79), Beattie (replaced Winchester 112), Farquhar (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Crusaders   2 - 3 Ballymena United
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Williamson

    Ballymena United

    120+2'
  • GOAL

    Jonte Smith

    Ballymena United

    120'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    113'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    112'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Spencer Beattie

    Ballymena United

    112'
  •  Yellow Card

    Caolan Loughran

    Ballymena United

    107'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lewis Patterson

    Crusaders

    106'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    106'
  • GOAL

    Daniel Bramall

    Ballymena United

    105'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Aidan Wilson

    Crusaders

    91'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Robinson

    Crusaders

    91'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Owen McKeown

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Chapman

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Bramall

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Brandon Doyle

    Crusaders

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Frazer

    Crusaders

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    70'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jack Henderson

    Ballymena United

    49'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    46'
  • GOAL

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    40'
  • GOAL

    Jonte Smith

    Ballymena United

    5'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Aidan Wilson red substitution 91'
  • Robbie Weir red substitution 46'
  • Ben Kennedy 40'
  • Brandon Doyle red substitution 70'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Lewis Patterson red substitution 106'
  • Jordan Owens 113'
  • Ross Clarke red substitution 70'

Substitutes

  • Billy Joe Burns green substitution 106'
  • Jonathan Frazer green substitution 70'
  • Declan Caddell green substitution 46'
  • Paul Heatley green substitution 70'
  • Joshua Robinson green substitution 91'
  • Jack Patterson
  • Ryan Kerr

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson 120+2'
  • Ross Redman
  • Owen McKeown red substitution 79'
  • Jude Winchester red substitution 112'
  • Paul McElroy red substitution 79'
  • Jack Henderson 49'
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Caolan Loughran 107'
  • Conor Keeley
  • Leroy Millar
  • Jonte Smith 5' 120'

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Lee Chapman green substitution 79'
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Brendan Barr
  • Daniel Bramall green substitution 79' 105'
  • Spencer Beattie green substitution 112'
  • Craig Farquhar
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