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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 27 March 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Steven Gregg

Ballymena United home-team
5 FT 1
away-team Dungannon Swifts
  •   Joshua Kelly 5'
  •   Paul McElroy 16' 45+3'
  •   Trai Hume 43'
  •   Tony Kane 74' (pen)
  •   Ben Gallagher 62'
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Paul McElroy scored twice for Ballymena ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

FIVE STAR SKY BLUES SWEEP PAST SWIFTS

Ballymena United produced a five star performance to record a comfortable victory over Dungannon Swifts at The Showgrounds.
 
The Sky Blues needed just five minutes to move in front after Josh Kelly's header from Ross Redman's corner was adjudged to have just crossed the line at the left post despite protests to the contrary from the Dungannon defence.
 
There was no mistake about the second, however, when Paul McElroy ran onto a through ball from Trai Hume to finish with composure past Sam Johnston with just over a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock.
 
McElroy might have added a third soon after with Shay McCartan having a number of later chances as the first half progressed.
 
Ballymena did score their third a couple of minutes before the break with Hume poking home another Redman corner before, in stoppage time, McElroy turned home number four after a bad mistake from Johnston presented him with the easy task of walking the ball into the net.
 
To their credit, the Swifts did look a better proposition in the second half and deservedly pulled a goal back on 62 minutes through substitute Ben Gallagher after he met Ryan Mayse's cross to send a downward header past Ross Glendinning.
 
But Ballymena restored their four-goal advantage on 72 minutes with Tony Kane converting from the spot after Ryan Waide had been brought down by Michael Carvill.
 
And Kane might have doubled his tally in the final few minutes with a free-kick which bounced and looped over Johnston only to come off the bar.
 
Ballymena United: Glendinning, T. Kane, Redman, McKeown, McElroy, McCartan, Waide, Hume, Ervin, Keeley, Kelly subs D. Graham (not used), Addis (replaced Keeley 66), Harpur (replaced Kelly 75), Knowles (not used), Wylie (not used), Beattie (replaced McElroy 77), McCready (not used)
 
Dungannon Swifts: Johnston, Wilson, Byers, Campbell, Carvill, Mayse, McGinty, Glenny, McGee, M. Smyth, Patterson subs Coyle (not used), Hughes (replaced Mayse 75), Forde (not used), Byrne (not used), Patton (not used), Gallagher (replaced Patterson 46), Convie (replaced Wilson 40)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   5 - 1 Dungannon Swifts
  • GOAL

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    45+3'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Spencer Beattie

    Ballymena United

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    75'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ryan Mayse

    Dungannon Swifts

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Mayse

    Dungannon Swifts

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Hughes

    Dungannon Swifts

    75'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Tony Kane

    Ballymena United

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor Keeley

    Ballymena United

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Addis

    Ballymena United

    66'
  • GOAL

    Ben Gallagher

    Dungannon Swifts

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Patterson

    Dungannon Swifts

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Gallagher

    Dungannon Swifts

    46'
  • GOAL

    Trai Hume

    Ballymena United

    43'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Douglas Wilson

    Dungannon Swifts

    40'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Convie

    Dungannon Swifts

    40'
  •  Yellow Card

    Shane McGinty

    Dungannon Swifts

    30'
  • GOAL

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    16'
  • GOAL

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    5'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Ross Redman
  • Joshua Kelly red substitution 75' 5'
  • Owen McKeown
  • Paul McElroy red substitution 77' 16' 45+3'
  • Shay McCartan
  • Ryan Waide
  • Trai Hume 43'
  • Jim Ervin
  • Tony Kane 74'
  • Conor Keeley red substitution 66'

Substitutes

  • Dylan Graham
  • Jonathan Addis green substitution 66'
  • Ryan Harpur 83' green substitution 75'
  • James Knowles
  • Ben Wylie
  • Spencer Beattie green substitution 77'
  • Joe McCready

Dungannon Swifts

  • Sam Johnston
  • Douglas Wilson red substitution 40'
  • Callum Byers
  • Rhyss Campbell
  • Michael Carvill
  • Ryan Mayse 75' red substitution 75'
  • Shane McGinty 30'
  • Adam Glenny
  • Ethan McGee
  • Matthew Smyth
  • Rory Patterson red substitution 46'

Substitutes

  • Caolin Coyle
  • Daniel Hughes green substitution 75'
  • Lorcan Forde
  • Conner Byrne
  • Mark Patton
  • Ben Gallagher green substitution 46' 62'
  • James Convie green substitution 40'

Ballymena United

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