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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 29 May 2021 (kick off: 5.30 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 473

Referee: Evan Boyce

Ballymena United home-team
4 FT 2
away-team Portadown
  •   Shay McCartan 14'
  •   Trai Hume 39'
  •   Conor Keeley 67'
  •   Ryan Harpur 70'
  •   Ruairi Croskery 1'
  •   Sam Warde 20'
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Conor Keeley edged Ballymena in front ©Brian Little/INPHO

SKY BLUES MISS OUT ON PLAY-OFFS DESPITE WIN

Ballymena United ended the season with victory over Portadown at the Showgrounds but it wasn't enough to secure a place in the European play-offs.
 
Portadown moved in front inside the opening minute through Ruairi Croskery when an attempted clearance from Conor Keeley came off him and nestled in the back of the net.
 
United levelled on 14 minutes after Shay McCartan connected with a Ryan Waide cross from the left to head past Gareth Buchanan but the Ports regained the advantage soon after courtesy of Sam Warde's low free-kick through a packed box.
 
Back came Ballymena to equalise again just before the break through Trai Hume with an unstoppable effort before second half goals from Keeley and Ryan Harpur sealed the win for David Jeffrey's side.
 
Keeley edged the Sky Blues in front on 67 minutes with a superb strike from almost 30 yards into the top corner, with Harpur adding a fourth soon after with a header.
 
Ballymena United: Glendinning, Redman, McElroy, McCartan, Waide, Hume, Ervin, Keeley, Millar, Kelly, Graham subs T. Kane (not used), Addis (not used), McKeown (not used), Harpur (replaced Redman 46), Knowles (not used), K. Kane (not used), Wylie (not used)
 
Portadown: Buchanan, McCallum, Finnegan, Lavery, Croskery, Guy, Teggart, Conaty, Kerr, Warde, Jordan subs Tipton (replaced Teggart 74), Murray (replaced Guy 74), Scannell (not used), Smyth (replaced Kerr 89), Wood (not used), Rutkowski (not used), Carney (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   4 - 2 Portadown
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Nathan Kerr

    Portadown

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Tommy Smyth

    Portadown

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Guy

    Portadown

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Teggart

    Portadown

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    George Tipton

    Portadown

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Murray

    Portadown

    74'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    70'
  • GOAL

    Conor Keeley

    Ballymena United

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Redman

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Lavery

    Portadown

    43'
  • GOAL

    Trai Hume

    Ballymena United

    39'
  • GOAL

    Sam Warde

    Portadown

    20'
  • GOAL

    Shay McCartan

    Ballymena United

    14'
  • GOAL

    Ruairi Croskery

    Portadown

    1'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Ross Redman red substitution 46'
  • Paul McElroy
  • Shay McCartan 14'
  • Ryan Waide
  • Trai Hume 39'
  • Jim Ervin
  • Conor Keeley 67'
  • Leroy Millar
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Sean Graham

Substitutes

  • Tony Kane
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Owen McKeown
  • Ryan Harpur green substitution 46' 70'
  • James Knowles
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Ben Wylie

Portadown

  • Gareth Buchanan
  • Adam McCallum
  • Paul Finnegan
  • Chris Lavery 43'
  • Ruairi Croskery 1'
  • Ben Guy red substitution 74'
  • Stephen Teggart red substitution 74'
  • Oisin Conaty
  • Nathan Kerr red substitution 89'
  • Sam Warde 20'
  • Reece Jordan

Substitutes

  • George Tipton green substitution 74'
  • Stephen Murray green substitution 74'
  • Eamon Scannell
  • Jacob Carney
  • Tommy Smyth green substitution 89'
  • Michael Wood
  • Igor Rutkowski

Ballymena United

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