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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 1 May 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Keith Kennedy

Ballymena United home-team
3 FT 1
away-team Glenavon
  •   Paul McElroy 60'
  •   Shay McCartan 70' (pen)
  •   Kofi Balmer 80'
  •   Calvin Douglas 88'
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Paul McElroy opened the scoring for Ballymena ©Philip Magowan/INPHO

SKY BLUES SINK GLENAVON AT THE SHOWGROUNDS

Ballymena United picked up an important three points in pursuit of a European play-off place with victory over fellow contenders Glenavon at The Showgrounds.
 
Scoreless at the break, the first half was a largely uninspiring affair although Glenavon did have an early double chance when both Matthew Fitzpatrick and Greg Moorhouse had efforts blocked while, a little later, Calvin Douglas crossed for Danny Purkis to head straight at Jordan Williamson.
 
For Ballymena Leroy Millar perhaps came closest when he sent the ball over from outside the area after being teed up by Paul McElroy before, in stoppage time, Craig Hyland had to be alert to push Shay McCartan's free-kick around the post.
 
But the Sky Blues grabbed the game by the scruff after the break, moving in front on the hour through McElroy's sublime finish after he intercepted a poor backpass to take the ball round Hyland and into the net at an angle.
 
It was 2-0 on 70 minutes. Andrew Doyle was adjudged to have brought down Kofi Balmer with McCartan stepping up to convert from the spot.
 
Then, with ten minutes to go, Balmer himself added a third with a header past Hyland from Ross Redman's free-kick from the right.
 
Glenavon did grab an 88th consolation when Douglas bagged his first goal for the club with a smashing 30-yard finish into the top corner after Conan Byrne had laid the ball off.
 
Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, McElroy, McCartan, Waide, McGrory, Balmer, Hume, Ervin, Millar, Kelly subs Addis (not used), McKeown (replaced McGrory 82), Harpur (replaced Waide 86), Knowles (not used), S. Graham (not used), Wylie (replaced Millar 86), McCready (not used)
 
Glenavon: Hyland, A. Doyle, Purkis, Campbell, Moorhouse, O'Connor, Fitzpatrick, Douglas, Singleton, Garrett, Ward subs Birney (not used), Byrne (replaced Moorhouse 56), O'Mahony (not used), Norton (replaced O'Connor 73), J. Doyle (not used), McCaffrey (replaced Purkis 56), O. Taylor (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   3 - 1 Glenavon
  • GOAL

    Calvin Douglas

    Glenavon

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Wylie

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Owen McKeown

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • GOAL

    Kofi Balmer

    Ballymena United

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael O'Connor

    Glenavon

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Norton

    Glenavon

    73'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conan Byrne

    Glenavon

    71'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Shay McCartan

    Ballymena United

    70'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    64'
  •  Yellow Card

    James Singleton

    Glenavon

    64'
  • GOAL

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Purkis

    Glenavon

    56'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Gregory Moorhouse

    Glenavon

    56'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Conan Byrne

    Glenavon

    56'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gareth McCaffrey

    Glenavon

    56'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kofi Balmer

    Ballymena United

    51'
  •  Yellow Card

    Daniel Purkis

    Glenavon

    33'
  •  Yellow Card

    Gregory Moorhouse

    Glenavon

    22'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ross Redman
  • Paul McElroy 60'
  • Shay McCartan 70'
  • Ryan Waide red substitution 86'
  • Andrew McGrory red substitution 82'
  • Kofi Balmer 51' 80'
  • Trai Hume
  • Jim Ervin
  • Leroy Millar red substitution 86'
  • Joshua Kelly 64'

Substitutes

  • Jonathan Addis
  • Owen McKeown green substitution 82'
  • Ryan Harpur green substitution 86'
  • James Knowles
  • Sean Graham
  • Joe McCready
  • Ben Wylie green substitution 86'

Glenavon

  • Craig Hyland
  • Andrew Doyle
  • Daniel Purkis 33' red substitution 56'
  • Peter Campbell
  • Gregory Moorhouse 22' red substitution 56'
  • Michael O'Connor red substitution 73'
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Calvin Douglas 88'
  • James Singleton 64'
  • Robert Garrett
  • Sean Ward

Substitutes

  • Calum Birney
  • Conan Byrne 71' green substitution 56'
  • Jack O'Mahony
  • Robbie Norton green substitution 73'
  • Gareth McCaffrey green substitution 56'
  • Owen Taylor
  • Josh Doyle

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