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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 28 September 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 715

Referee: Shane Andrews

Ballymena United home-team
4 FT 3
away-team Dungannon Swifts
  •   Christopher Rodgers 49'
  •   Caolan Loughran 61'
  •   Leroy Millar 66'
  •   Ethan McGee 28'
  •   Joe McCready 40'
  •   Rhyss Campbell 56'
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Chris Rodgers scored Ballymena's first goal early in the second half ©Pacemaker Press

SKY BLUES FIGHT BACK TO CLAIM FIRST WIN

Ballymena United picked up their first Danske Bank Premiership win of the season after twice coming from two goals down to defeat Dungannon Swifts at The Showgrounds.

The Swifts moved in front on 28 minutes through Ethan McGee's strike into the bottom corner at the second attempt after his initial effort after being teed up by Joe McCready was blocked.

McCready got on the scoresheet himself with Dungannon's second just before the break with a fiercely executed 20-yard strike past Jordan Williamson.

United pulled a goal back four minutes into the second half courtesy of Chris Rodgers' header from Ross Redman's corner.

But Dungannon restored their two-goal advantage on 56 minutes, this time through a Rhyss Campbell back post tap-in after the ball fell loose from a McCready effort saved by Williamson.

However, three goals in less than a quarter-of-an-hour tipped the balance favour of the Sky Blues.

Caolan Loughran reduced the deficit again just after the hour with a header from another Redman set piece before, five minutes after that, skipper Leroy Millar levelled with a looping header over the advancing Swifts keeper Alex Moore.

Ballymena's winner then came on 74 minutes courtesy of an own goal from Adam Glenny when the ball came off him under pressure from recent arrival Jonte Smith following some indecision in the visiting defence.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, McKeown, Winchester, McElroy, Waide, McCullough, Rodgers, Bramall, Loughran, Millar subs Johnston (not used), Chapman (replaced McKeown 46), Kane (not used), Henderson (not used), Barr (not used), Smith (replaced Bramall 46), Beattie (not used)

Dungannon Swifts: Moore, Glynn, Mayse, McCready, Smyth, Campbell, McGinty, McBrien, Glenny, McGee, Conway subs Quinn (not used), Knowles (replaced Conway 66), McAleer (replaced Campbell 80), McKendry (not used), Gallagher (replaced Mayse 80), Devlin (not used), Convie (replaced Glenny 80)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   4 - 3 Dungannon Swifts
  •  Yellow Card

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    86'
  •  Yellow Card

    Michael Glynn

    Dungannon Swifts

    86'
  •  Yellow Card

    James Knowles

    Dungannon Swifts

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Mayse

    Dungannon Swifts

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rhyss Campbell

    Dungannon Swifts

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Glenny

    Dungannon Swifts

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Caolan McAleer

    Dungannon Swifts

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Gallagher

    Dungannon Swifts

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Convie

    Dungannon Swifts

    80'
  • OWN GOAL

    Adam Glenny

    Dungannon Swifts

    74'
  • GOAL

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Shea Conway

    Dungannon Swifts

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Dungannon Swifts

    66'
  •  Yellow Card

    Oisin Smyth

    Dungannon Swifts

    65'
  • GOAL

    Caolan Loughran

    Ballymena United

    61'
  • GOAL

    Rhyss Campbell

    Dungannon Swifts

    56'
  • GOAL

    Christopher Rodgers

    Ballymena United

    49'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Owen McKeown

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Bramall

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Chapman

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonte Smith

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • GOAL

    Joe McCready

    Dungannon Swifts

    40'
  • GOAL

    Ethan McGee

    Dungannon Swifts

    28'
  •  Yellow Card

    Caolan Loughran

    Ballymena United

    27'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ross Redman
  • Owen McKeown red substitution 46'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Paul McElroy
  • Ryan Waide 86'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Christopher Rodgers 49'
  • Daniel Bramall red substitution 46'
  • Caolan Loughran 27' 61'
  • Leroy Millar 66'

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Lee Chapman green substitution 46'
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Jack Henderson
  • Brendan Barr
  • Jonte Smith green substitution 46'
  • Spencer Beattie

Dungannon Swifts

  • Alex Moore
  • Michael Glynn 86'
  • Ryan Mayse red substitution 80'
  • Ethan McGee 28'
  • Oisin Smyth 65'
  • Joe McCready 40'
  • Cahal McGinty
  • Rhyss Campbell red substitution 80' 56'
  • Darragh McBrien
  • Adam Glenny red substitution 80' 74' (OG)
  • Shea Conway red substitution 66'

Substitutes

  • Michael Quinn
  • James Knowles 86' green substitution 66'
  • Caolan McAleer green substitution 80'
  • Luke McKendry
  • Ben Gallagher green substitution 80'
  • Terry Devlin
  • James Convie green substitution 80'
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