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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 20 December 2019 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1003

Referee: Andrew Davey

Ballymena United home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Glenavon
  •   Cathair Friel 47' 90+3'
  •   Jordan Jenkins 50'
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Cathair Friel celebrates scoring Ballymena's stoppage time winner ©INPHO/Brian Little

FRIEL GRABS BALLYMENA'S STOPPAGE TIME WINNER

Cathair Friel bagged a stoppage time winner as Ballymena United made it three in a row with victory over Glenavon at The Showgrounds.

Friel popped up in the 93rd minute to turn the ball home at the back post after Adam Lecky made the most of Andrew Doyle's slip to send over a cross from the right.

It was Friel's second of the evening after he had handed the Sky Blues the advantage early in the second half before Jordan Jenkins levelled moments later for the visitors.

The game got off to a quiet start with the first effort of note not arriving until the 15th minute when Doyle forced Jordan Williamson into a save with another effort coming ten minutes after that when the Ballymena keeper got the better of Conor McCloskey one-on-one.

Williamson saved United again just after the half-hour mark when he punched Andy Hall's corner away from under the crossbar.

Ballymena's best effort in the first half came six minutes from the break when Johnny Tuffey denied Lecky from point blank range but, two minutes after the interval, Friel found a way through with a composed finish after Lecky found him from the right.

It proved to be a short-lived lead when, three minutes later, Jenkins capitalised on some poor home defending from a Sammy Clingan ball into the area.

The sides traded chances in search of the winner as the second half progressed. Friel had a good chance when he tried to lift the ball over Tuffey while Josh Daniels forced Williamson into a flying save to turn the ball past the post.

Clingan then tested Williamson with an inswinging corner while Friel responded at the other end from Steven McCullough's cross but could only scoop the ball over.

However, he wasn't to be denied with almost the last kick of the game to earn a third successive victory for David Jeffrey's side.

Ballymena United: Williamson, T. Kane, Harpur, Friel, Knowles, McCullough, Andrew Burns, McGrory, Balmer, Ervin, Lecky subs Ross Glendinning (not used), Whiteside (not used), McGinty (replaced Knowles 75), K. Kane (not used), Reece Glendinning (not used), Kelly (replaced Harpur 59), Lavery (not used)

Glenavon: Tuffey, Larmour, Marron, Doyle, Daniels, Marshall, Hall, Clingan, McCloskey, Singleton, Jenkins subs Burns (not used), Mitchell (replaced Jenkins 82), Harmon (not used), Beggs (replaced Hall 39), Murray (replaced McCloskey 82), Garrett (not used), Wearen (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   2 - 1 Glenavon
  • GOAL

    Cathair Friel

    Coleraine

    90+3'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McCloskey

    Glenavon

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Jenkins

    Glentoran

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Mitchell

    Glentoran

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Murray

    Annagh United

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Dungannon Swifts

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shane McGinty

    Dungannon Swifts

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Annagh United

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    59'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Jenkins

    Glentoran

    50'
  • GOAL

    Cathair Friel

    Coleraine

    47'
  •  Yellow Card

    James Knowles

    Dungannon Swifts

    45'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Hall

    Glenavon

    39'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle Beggs (1)

    Unregistered Players

    39'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Tony Kane
  • Ryan Harpur red substitution 59'
  • Cathair Friel 47' 90+3'
  • James Knowles 45' red substitution 75'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Andrew Burns
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Jim Ervin
  • Adam Lecky

Substitutes

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Scot Whiteside
  • Shane McGinty green substitution 75'
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Reece Glendinning
  • Joshua Kelly green substitution 59'
  • Ross Lavery

Glenavon

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Daniel Larmour
  • Caolan Marron
  • Andrew Doyle
  • Josh Daniels
  • Rhys Marshall
  • Andy Hall red substitution 39'
  • Sammy Clingan
  • Conor McCloskey red substitution 82'
  • James Singleton
  • Jordan Jenkins red substitution 82' 50'

Substitutes

  • Patrick Burns
  • Andrew Mitchell green substitution 82'
  • Aaron Harmon
  • Kyle Beggs (1) green substitution 39'
  • Stephen Murray green substitution 82'
  • Robert Garrett
  • Eoin Wearen

Ballymena United

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Glenavon

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