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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 14 December 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 752

Referee: Ian McNabb

Ballymena United home-team
3 FT 2
away-team Dungannon Swifts
  •   Ryan Harpur 6'
  •   James Knowles 63'
  •   Andrew McGrory 70p'
  •   Oisin Smyth 24' 62'
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Andy McGrory knocked home Ballymena's winning penalty ©INPHO/Brian Little

McGRORY SPOT-KICK HANDS SKY BLUES THE POINTS

Ballymena United clocked up a second successive league victory from Dungannon Swifts' visit to The Showgrounds.

The Sky Blues got off to an ideal start when, on six minutes, Ryan Harpur headed home at the far post after Andy McGrory had delivered an inch perfect cross.

Dungannon levelled midway through the first half courtesy of Oisin Smyth's clinical drilled finish when he reacted to Mark Patton's initial effort off the woodwork.

Ben Gallagher might have added a second for the visitors early in the second half only to be thwarted by a fine stop from keeper Jordan Williamson.

However, Kris Lindsay's side did get their noses in front just after the hour with Smyth's second of the game when he found the top corner after Kris Lowe had knocked on a Gallagher cross.

But, within sixty seconds, it was all square again after James Knowles steered the ball home at close range from Cathair Friel's cross from the left.

Friel might have fired Ballymena back in front on 69 minutes only to skim the upright from another McGrory ball.

What proved to be United's winner came moments after that when Swifts keeper Niall Morgan was adjudged to have upended Harpur inside the area and from the spot-kick that followed McGrory got his reward for his earlier efforts with a confidently executed penalty.

Ballymena United: Williamson, T. Kane, Addis, Harpur, Friel, Knowles, McCullough, McGrory, Balmer, Ervin, Lecky subs Ross Glendinning (not used), McGinty (not used), K. Kane (not used), Andrew Burns (not used), Reece Glendinning (replaced Knowles 81), Kelly (replaced Harpur 74), Lavery (not used)

Dungannon Swifts: Morgan, Byers, Redman, Wilson, Smyth, Teggart, Patton, Lowe, Carvill, Gallagher, Fitzpatrick subs Byrne (not used), King (not used), Taylor (replaced Redman 81), McGuinness (not used), Waide (replaced Patton 84), Coyle (not used), Devlin (replaced Fitzpatrick 73)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   3 - 2 Dungannon Swifts
  •  Yellow Card

    Jonathan Addis

    Ballymena United

    90+3'
  • GOAL

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    70p'
  •  Yellow Card

    Tony Kane

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Patton

    Dungannon Swifts

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Ballymena United

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Reece Glendinning

    Carrick Rangers

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Redman

    Ballymena United

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Craig Taylor

    Annagh United

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Terry Fitzpatrick

    Unregistered Players

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Terry Devlin

    Dungannon Swifts

    73'
  • GOAL

    James Knowles

    Ballymena United

    63'
  • GOAL

    Oisin Smyth

    Dungannon Swifts

    62'
  • GOAL

    Oisin Smyth

    Dungannon Swifts

    24'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    6'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Tony Kane 86'
  • Jonathan Addis 90+3'
  • Ryan Harpur red substitution 74' 6'
  • Cathair Friel
  • James Knowles red substitution 81' 63'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Andrew McGrory 70p'
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Jim Ervin
  • Adam Lecky

Substitutes

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Shane McGinty
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Andrew Burns
  • Reece Glendinning green substitution 81'
  • Joshua Kelly green substitution 74'
  • Ross Lavery

Dungannon Swifts

  • Niall Morgan
  • Callum Byers
  • Ross Redman red substitution 81'
  • Douglas Wilson
  • Oisin Smyth 24' 62'
  • Alan Teggart
  • Mark Patton red substitution 84'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Michael Carvill
  • Ben Gallagher
  • Terry Fitzpatrick red substitution 73'

Substitutes

  • Conner Byrne
  • Dylan King
  • Craig Taylor green substitution 81'
  • Caomhan McGuinness
  • Ryan Waide green substitution 84'
  • Caolin Coyle
  • Terry Devlin green substitution 73'

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Dungannon Swifts

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