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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 9 November 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 740

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Carrick Rangers
  •   Aaron Burns 12'
  •   Lee Chapman 23'
  •   Daniel Kelly 1'
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Lee Chapman scored what proved to be Carrick's winner midway through the first half ©INPHO/Matt Mackey

CARRICK EDGE CLOSER TO SKY BLUES AFTER SHOWGROUNDS WIN

Goals from Daniel Kelly and Lee Chapman helped Carrick Rangers defeat Ballymena United at The Showgrounds.

The visitors needed just 45 seconds to seize the advantage thanks to Kelly's quick reactions to smash home the rebound after James Ferrin's header from Jerry Thompson's cross was kept out by Ross Glendinning.

Ballymena levelled on 12 minutes through Aaron Burns with a back post header after Carrick keeper Aaron Hogg lost track of Steven McCullough's corner.

But Carrick regained the lead midway through the first half when Chapman tapped home at the far post after Stewart Nixon's long throw-in had been flicked on.

United came within a whisker of equalising for a second time on 29 minutes when Andy McGrory received the ball on the edge of the six yard box after Ross Lavery had knocked on Jonny Addis' through ball but his strike came back off the underside of the bar before being cleared to safety by Thompson.

Both sides had chances early in the second half, Josh Kelly racing through one-on-one with Hogg but the Carrick keeper smothered his shot while Thompson's effort from outside the area was tipped over by Glendinning.

The game then settled into a bit of a lull before, in the final quarter-of-an-hour or so, the Sky Blues began to make an effort at salvaging something from the afternoon.

Kenny Kane came close but was denied by a Thompson clearance off the line, Shane McGinty fired wide from an Addis through ball, Andrew Burns saw a header suffer a similar fate, Addis nodded over and Aaron Burns finished tamely from close range.

But, in the end, Niall Currie's visitors held on to secure the win which moves them just one point behind David Jeffrey's side.

Ballymena United: Glendinning, Addis, McCullough, Kane, Andrew Burns, McGrory, Winchester, Ervin, Aaron Burns, Kelly, Lavery subs Williamson (not used), Mayse (replaced Lavery 73), McGinty (replaced Winchester 73), Balmer (not used), Glendinning (not used), Brown (replaced Andrew Burns 86), Warnock (not used)

Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Surgenor, Rodgers, Chapman, Faulkner, Kelly, Nixon, Ferrin, Cherry, Thompson, Keke subs McAuley (not used), Neale (not used), Loughran (not used), Smith (replaced Keke 58), Sachem (replaced Nixon 84), Hassin (not used), Anderson (replaced Cherry 66)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   1 - 2 Carrick Rangers
  •  Yellow Card

    Jerry Thompson

    Carrick Rangers

    90+3'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Burns

    Ballymena United

    86'
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Burns

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Leo Brown

    Ards

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stewart Nixon

    Coleraine

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Theodore Develan Wilson III (Sachem)

    Carrick Rangers

    84'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jonathan Addis

    Ballymena United

    8'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Lavery

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Mayse

    Ballinamallard United

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shane McGinty

    Dungannon Swifts

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle Cherry

    Carrick Rangers

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lloyd Anderson

    Carrick Rangers

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Guillaume Keke

    Dungannon Swifts

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Smith

    Carrick Rangers

    58'
  • GOAL

    Lee Chapman

    Carrick Rangers

    23'
  • GOAL

    Aaron Burns

    Ballymena United

    12'
  • GOAL

    Daniel Kelly

    Carrick Rangers

    1'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Jonathan Addis 8'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Andrew Burns red substitution 86'
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Jude Winchester red substitution 73'
  • Jim Ervin
  • Aaron Burns 86' 12'
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Ross Lavery red substitution 73'

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ryan Mayse green substitution 73'
  • Shane McGinty green substitution 73'
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Reece Glendinning
  • Leo Brown green substitution 86'
  • Ethan Warnock

Carrick Rangers

  • Aaron Hogg
  • Mark Surgenor
  • Christopher Rodgers
  • Lee Chapman 23'
  • William Faulkner
  • Daniel Kelly 1'
  • Stewart Nixon red substitution 84'
  • James Ferrin
  • Kyle Cherry red substitution 66'
  • Jerry Thompson 90+3'
  • Guillaume Keke red substitution 58'

Substitutes

  • Liam McAuley
  • Reece Neale
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Michael Smith green substitution 58'
  • Theodore Develan Wilson III (Sachem) green substitution 84'
  • Liam Hassin
  • Lloyd Anderson green substitution 66'

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