Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1172

Referee: Ian McNabb

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Tony Kane
  •   Shane McGinty
  •   Declan Carville
  •   Kofi Balmer
  •   Adam Lecky 39'
  •   James Knowles
  •   Ross Lavery
  •   Andrew Waterworth
  •   Joel Cooper
  •   Kirk Millar 11'
  •   Shayne Lavery
  •   Stephen Fallon
  •   Ryan McGivern 37'
  •   Matthew Clarke
  •   Bastien Hery
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LINFIELD HOLD ON TO GIVE BALLYMENA THE BLUES

Linfield withstood a strong second half performance to defeat Ballymena United at The Showgrounds.

The Blues started well and moved in front after 11 minutes through Kirk Millar who found the net from close range at the back post after Shayne Lavery turned his marker to send a low cross into the box.

Joel Cooper might have added a second midway through the first half only to send a powerful strike just wide of the top corner while, for Ballymena, Kenny Kane was just inches away from converting Andy McGrory's low cross into the box.

Cooper then threatened for Linfield again, breaking clear of the defence only to fire wide under pressure from Steven McCullough.

But Linfield did double their lead on 37 minutes when Ryan McGivern was given the time and space to head home from a Millar corner.

However, Ballymena pulled a goal back just a couple of minutes later courtesy of Adam Lecky's finish past Rohan Ferguson after beating the offside trap.

Ballymena pressed after the break in an attempt to salvage something from the game.

Kenny Kane fired over from the edge of the box early on while Declan Carville was a whisker away of touching home Tony Kane's cross to the back post.

The chances continued with Kenny Kane glancing a header just wide from McCullough's cross. Then Lecky fired straight at Ferguson from a good position with further efforts coming from Ross Lavery in the closing moments.

Linfield were reduced to ten men before the end when substitute Bastien Hery was dismissed for a second caution but they held on to secure an important three points.

Ballymena United: Glendinning, T. Kane, Addis, McGinty, McCullough, K. Kane, Carville, McGrory, Balmer, Ervin, Lecky subs Williamson (not used), Mayse (not used), Knowles (replaced T. Kane 82), Glendinning (not used), Brown (not used), Lavery (replaced Carville 77), Warnock (not used)

Linfield: Ferguson, Robinson, Callacher, Waterworth, Cooper, Millar, Lavery, Fallon, Mulgrew, McGivern, Mitchell subs Moore (not used), Shevlin (not used), Stewart (not used), Clarke (replaced Waterworth 65), Hery (replaced Fallon 71), Reynolds (not used), Casement (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   1 - 2 Linfield
  •  Yellow Card

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Tony Kane

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Carville

    Newry City

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Lavery

    Ballymena United

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Bastien Hery

    Linfield

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    65'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    65'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    43'
  •  Yellow Card

    Tony Kane

    Ballymena United

    40'
  • GOAL

    Adam Lecky

    Ballymena United

    39'
  • GOAL

    Ryan McGivern

    Linfield

    37'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kofi Balmer

    Ballymena United

    29'
  •  Yellow Card

    Shane McGinty

    Dungannon Swifts

    15'
  • GOAL

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    11'
  •  Red Card

    Bastien Hery

    Linfield

    0'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Tony Kane 40 red subsititutions  82
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Shane McGinty 15
  • Steven McCullough
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Declan Carville red subsititutions  77
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Kofi Balmer 29
  • Jim Ervin
  • Adam Lecky  39

Substitutions

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ryan Mayse
  • James Knowles green subsititutions  82
  • Reece Glendinning
  • Leo Brown
  • Ross Lavery green subsititutions  77
  • Ethan Warnock

Linfield

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Joshua Robinson
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Andrew Waterworth red subsititutions  65
  • Joel Cooper 43
  • Kirk Millar  11
  • Shayne Lavery 87
  • Stephen Fallon red subsititutions  71
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Ryan McGivern  37
  • Andy Mitchell

Substitutions

  • Alex Moore
  • Matthew Shevlin
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Matthew Clarke green subsititutions  65
  • Bastien Hery 90+2 green subsititutions  71
  • Daniel Reynolds
  • Chris Casement

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