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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 9 October 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1282

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Ballymena United home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Crusaders
  •   Jarlath O'Rourke 13'
football
Jarlath O'Rourke celebrates with his Crusaders team-mate after scoring what proved to be the winner ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

O'ROURKE HEADER THE DIFFERENCE AT THE SHOWGROUNDS

A Jarlath O'Rourke goal early in the first half was enough for Crusaders to defeat Ballymena United at The Showgrounds.

What proved to be the only goal of the game came after just 13 minutes when O'Rourke nodded home at the back post after the United defence failed to deal with a Jordan Forsythe cross.

Johnny McMurray might have added a second for the Crues ten minutes later only to fire into the side netting under pressure from Conor Keeley.

And the visitors had another chance to extend their lead just before the break only for Aidan Wilson to send a free header over from inside the box.

Ballymena looked a better proposition in the second half with Owen McKeown sending in a dangerous ball across goal with keeper Johnny Tuffey punching clear before any home players could take advantage.

The visitors continued to pose a threat, however, and were denied a third when Keeley was on hand to clear a Paul Heatley shot off the line.

But, chasing something from the game, the Sky Blues pressed forward. Paul McElroy sliced an effort wide, Jonte Smith failed to connect with a McKeown ball into the area and Keeley appeared to head onto the crossbar from a corner.

Both sides had chances late in the game. Adam Lecky just missed out on reaching a ball into the box which would surely have led to a goal while, in stoppage time, Ballymena skipper Leroy Millar laid on an inviting ball but no-one was on hand to convert.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, Wilson, McKeown, Winchester, McElroy, Henderson, McGrory, Keeley, Millar, Smith subs Johnston (not used), Chapman (not used), Kane (replaced McKeown 88), Rodgers (not used), Barr (replaced Winchester 82), Bramall (replaced Smith 68), Beattie (replaced McGrory 88)

Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Wilson, Weir, Kennedy, Frazer, Forsythe, O’Rourke, Heatley, Robinson, McMurray subs O’Neill (not used), Hegarty (not used), Lecky (replaced Frazer 58), Doyle (not used), Caddell (replaced Heatley 79), Owens (not used), Clarke (replaced McMurray 58)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   0 - 1 Crusaders
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Owen McKeown

    Ballymena United

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Spencer Beattie

    Ballymena United

    88'
  •  Yellow Card

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    88'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    87'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Brendan Barr

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonte Smith

    Ballymena United

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Bramall

    Ballymena United

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Frazer

    Crusaders

    58'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    58'
  • GOAL

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    13'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ross Redman
  • Douglas Wilson
  • Owen McKeown red substitution 88'
  • Jude Winchester red substitution 82'
  • Paul McElroy
  • Jack Henderson
  • Andrew McGrory red substitution 88'
  • Conor Keeley
  • Leroy Millar
  • Jonte Smith red substitution 68'

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Lee Chapman
  • Kenneth Kane green substitution 88'
  • Christopher Rodgers
  • Brendan Barr green substitution 82'
  • Daniel Bramall green substitution 68'
  • Spencer Beattie green substitution 88'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns 85'
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Robbie Weir 88'
  • Ben Kennedy
  • Jonathan Frazer red substitution 58'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke 87' 13'
  • Paul Heatley red substitution 79'
  • Joshua Robinson
  • Jonathan McMurray red substitution 58'

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Adam Lecky green substitution 58'
  • Brandon Doyle
  • Declan Caddell green substitution 79'
  • Jordan Owens
  • Ross Clarke green substitution 58'
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