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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 23 March 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Shane Andrews

Ballymena United home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Linfield
  •   Conor Keeley 67' 90+2'
  •   Andrew Waterworth 75' (pen)
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Conor Keeley bagged both Ballymena goals ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

KEELEY AT THE DOUBLE FOR SKY BLUES

Conor Keeley grabbed the stoppage time winner as Ballymena United emerged victorious over Linfield at The Showgrounds.
 
The league leaders dominated possession during the opening 45 minutes but couldn't find a way through.
 
The first effort of note came with around a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock when Joel Cooper ran at the defence before flashing a shot just past an upright.
 
Jordan Stewart then had a go from outside the box but his left-foot effort failed to find the target while, a few minutes after that, Cooper received the ball from Kirk Millar before cutting inside to produce an excellent stop from Ross Glendinning.
 
Both sides came close towards the break with Millar flashing a volley just wide while, at the other end, Josh Kelly saw a strike cleared off the line by Mark Haughey.
 
Keeley broke the deadlock on 67 minutes, very much against the run of play, with a low right foot finish into the bottom corner after Tony Kane had sent over a perfectly delivered free-kick.
 
Linfield levelled with a quarter-of-an-hour left, however, courtesy of Andy Waterworth's spot-kick awarded after Navid Nasseri had been fouled in the box.
 
Joe McCready and Shay McCartan had chances to restore Ballymena's lead before, right at the end of the 90 minutes, Linfield were reduced to ten men after Cooper had been dismissed for a challenge on McCartan.
 
But the biggest drama was yet to come when, two minutes into stoppage time, Keeley bundled United's winner over the line from another Kane set piece.
 
Ballymena United: Glendinning, T. Kane, Redman, McKeown, McElroy, McCartan, Waide, Ervin, Keeley, Kelly, McCready subs Addis (not used), Harpur (replaced McKeown 83), Knowles (not used), Beattie (not used), McMullan (not used), Mathieson (not used), D. Graham (not used)
 
Linfield: Johns, Newberry, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Stewart, Millar, Clarke, Quinn, Palmer, Cooper subs Moore (not used), Larkin (not used), Nasseri (replaced Newberry 69), McGivern (not used), Pepper (not used), Archer (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   2 - 1 Linfield
  • GOAL

    Conor Keeley

    Ballymena United

    90+2'
  •  Red Card

    Joel Cooper

    Unregistered Players

    90+1'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Owen McKeown

    Ballymena United

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Annagh United

    83'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Andrew Waterworth

    Glenavon

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Newberry

    Linfield

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Larne

    69'
  • GOAL

    Conor Keeley

    Ballymena United

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    Michael Newberry

    Linfield

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ross Redman

    Ballymena United

    58'
  •  Yellow Card

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    34'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    12'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Tony Kane
  • Ross Redman 58'
  • Owen McKeown red substitution 83'
  • Paul McElroy
  • Shay McCartan
  • Ryan Waide
  • Jim Ervin
  • Conor Keeley 67' 90+2'
  • Joshua Kelly 12'
  • Joe McCready

Substitutes

  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ryan Harpur green substitution 83'
  • James Knowles
  • Spencer Beattie
  • Jordan McMullan
  • Tom Mathieson
  • Dylan Graham

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Michael Newberry 67' red substitution 69'
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Andrew Waterworth 75'
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Kirk Millar
  • Matthew Clarke 34'
  • Niall Quinn
  • Cameron Palmer
  • Joel Cooper 90+1'

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Ross Larkin
  • Navid Nasseri green substitution 69'
  • Ryan McGivern
  • Conor Pepper
  • Joshua Archer

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