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Match Centre

League Cup
Tuesday 9 November 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Referee: Shane Andrews

Ballymena United home-team
3 FT 1
away-team Linfield
  •   Douglas Wilson 37'
  •   Jude Winchester 54'
  •   Leroy Millar 90+2'
  •   Billy Chadwick 8'
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Douglas Wilson levels for Ballymena ©Declan Roughan/INPHO

SKY BLUES RECOVER TO BOOK LAST FOUR SPOT

Ballymena United came from a goal down to defeat Linfield at The Showgrounds and book a place in the BetMcLean League Cup semi-finals.

Ballymena created the first effort of note after four minutes when skipper Leroy Millar had a go from outside the area only for the ball to go just past the top corner.

Linfield moved in front on eight minutes through Billy Chadwick. Chris Shields supplied the telling ball after going on a run with Chadwick cutting in from the left before curling his finish into the bottom corner.

United might have levelled after a quarter-of-an-hour but keeper Chris Johns did well to save Ross Redman's header from a Steven McCullough cross.

Ballymena's equaliser did come on 37 minutes, however, after Redman delivered a corner for Douglas Wilson to nod home from close range.

Both sides had further chances before the break with the Linfield defence doing well to block the ball on several occasions during a goalmouth scramble while, at the other end, Christy Manzinga headed just over from a Jordan Stewart cross.

The Sky Blues had a bright start to the second half with McCullough volleying just over on 52 minutes before, a couple of minutes after that, Jude Winchester made it 2-1 with a low finish after Shields failed to cut out a Kenny Kane ball.

And the home side came close to adding a third just after the hour but Winchester could only fire straight at Johns from a good position.

The visitors were thwarted on 78 minutes when substitute Ahmed Salam saw an effort blocked on the line by Redman while Stewart couldn't convert the rebound.

Ballymena then almost scored another with five minutes to go after Winchester found Kane but his effort was saved by Johns.

But David Jeffrey's side did make sure of the win in stoppage time when Millar completed the scoring with a low finish past Johns from another break.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, Wilson, Winchester, McElroy, McCullough, Kane, McGrory, Loughran, Keeley, Millar subs Johnston (not used), McKeown (not used), Henderson (replaced Winchester 86), Barr (replaced Wilson 86), Bramall (not used), Smith (not used), Beattie (not used)

Linfield: Johns, Larkin, Newberry, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Manzinga, Stewart, Chadwick, Quinn, Archer subs Walsh (not used), Roscoe (not used), M. Clarke (not used), Salam (replaced Archer 77), A. Clarke (not used), Marshall (replaced Larkin 86), Green (replaced Manzinga 77)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   3 - 1 Linfield
  • GOAL

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    90+2'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Douglas Wilson

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jude Winchester

    Crusaders

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jack Henderson

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Brendan Barr

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Larkin

    Linfield

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Callum Marshall

    Linfield

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Archer

    Linfield

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ahmed Salam

    Linfield

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matt Green

    Linfield

    77'
  • GOAL

    Jude Winchester

    Crusaders

    54'
  • GOAL

    Douglas Wilson

    Ballymena United

    37'
  •  Yellow Card

    Douglas Wilson

    Ballymena United

    22'
  • GOAL

    Billy Chadwick

    Linfield

    8'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ross Redman
  • Douglas Wilson 22' red substitution 86' 37'
  • Jude Winchester red substitution 86' 54'
  • Paul McElroy
  • Steven McCullough
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Conor Keeley
  • Leroy Millar 90+2'

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Owen McKeown
  • Jack Henderson green substitution 86'
  • Brendan Barr green substitution 86'
  • Daniel Bramall
  • Jonte Smith
  • Spencer Beattie

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Ross Larkin red substitution 86'
  • Michael Newberry
  • Chris Shields
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar
  • Christy Manzinga red substitution 77'
  • Jordan Stewart 87'
  • Billy Chadwick 8'
  • Niall Quinn
  • Joshua Archer red substitution 77'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Ahmed Salam green substitution 77'
  • Andrew Clarke
  • Callum Marshall green substitution 86'
  • Matt Green green substitution 77'
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