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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 28 December 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: The Oval

Attendance: 1893

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Glentoran home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Robbie McDaid 85'
  •   Navid Nasseri 90+8'
football
Robbie McDaid fired Glentoran into the lead late in the game ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

LATE DRAMA AT THE OVAL SEES THE GLENS EMERGE WITH THE POINTS

All the action at The Oval was seemingly reserved for the closing moments as Glentoran eventually came out on top against Ballymena United.

The Sky Blues were forced to play without a recognised keeper after injury and suspension ruled out both Ross Glendinning and Jordan Williamson respectively with midfielder Declan Carville taking his place between the posts following on from his cameo role against Coleraine on Boxing Day.

The first half was a relatively quiet affair and whilst both sides had their chances there was nothing of note to trouble either keeper.

For Glentoran Darren Murray had perhaps the best opportunity only to skew the ball wide of the post while, at the other end, Leroy Millar forced Marijan Antolovic into a near post stop.

It was similarly quiet during the opening period of the second half but, as the game progressed, the Glens began to up the ante. Robbie McDaid had a big chance on 69 minutes only to fire over while, with nine minutes to go, Elvio van Overbeek volleyed onto the roof of the net.

Ballymena had a chance of their own soon after when Adam Lecky fired just wide of the right post but it looked like the game would fade out into a scoreless draw.

That all changed with five minutes to go when a poor goalkick from Carville rebounded back off a defender with McDaid pouncing to steer it past the makeshift keeper into the bottom right corner.

Then, in stoppage time, Lecky was shown a straight red card following a challenge on Chris Gallagher and, in the melee that followed, Glentoran's Paul O'Neill was also dismissed by referee Raymond Crangle.

There was still time after all that for Navid Nasseri to knock home a second for Glentoran, running the full length of the pitch to slot the ball into the unguarded net after United had pushed everyone - including Carville - forward in search of the equaliser.

Glentoran: Antolovic, Kane, Birney, Gallagher, Herron, Murray, McDaid, McClean, Pepper, Crowe, O'Neill subs Morris (not used), Garrett (not used), Frazer (not used), Stewart (replaced Murray 58), Nasseri (replaced Herron 58), Plum (not used), van Overbeek (replaced Stewart 74)

Ballymena United: Carville, Friel, McCullough, Burns, McGrory, Ervin, Lecky, Millar, Reece Glendinning, Kelly, Lavery subs T. Kane (not used), Addis (not used), Whiteside (not used), Mayse (not used), McGinty (not used), Knowles (not used), K. Kane (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Glentoran   2 - 0 Ballymena United
  • GOAL

    Navid Nasseri

    Linfield

    90+8'
  •  Yellow Card

    Patrick McClean

    Glentoran

    90+2'
  •  Red Card

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    90+2'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Gallagher

    Glentoran

    90+1'
  •  Red Card

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    90+1'
  •  Yellow Card

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    89'
  • GOAL

    Robbie McDaid

    Glentoran

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Stewart

    Glentoran

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Elvio van Overbeek

    Unregistered Players

    74'
  •  Yellow Card

    Navid Nasseri

    Linfield

    65'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    John Herron

    Larne

    58'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Darren Murray

    Unregistered Players

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Stewart

    Glentoran

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Linfield

    58'

Glentoran

  • Marijan Antolović
  • Marcus Kane
  • Calum Birney
  • Chris Gallagher 90+1'
  • John Herron red substitution 58'
  • Darren Murray red substitution 58'
  • Robbie McDaid 85'
  • Patrick McClean 90+2'
  • Conor Pepper
  • Joe Crowe
  • Paul O'Neill 90+2'

Substitutes

  • Elliott Morris
  • William Garrett
  • Jonathan Frazer
  • Cameron Stewart green substitution 58' red substitution 74'
  • Navid Nasseri 65' green substitution 58' 90+8'
  • Hrvoje Plum
  • Elvio van Overbeek green substitution 74'

Ballymena United

  • Declan Carville
  • Cathair Friel
  • Steven McCullough 89'
  • Andrew Burns
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Jim Ervin
  • Adam Lecky 90+1'
  • Leroy Millar
  • Reece Glendinning
  • Joshua Kelly 60'
  • Ross Lavery

Substitutes

  • Tony Kane
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Scot Whiteside
  • Ryan Mayse
  • Shane McGinty
  • James Knowles
  • Kenneth Kane

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