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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 16 October 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Shamrock Park

Attendance: 648

Referee: Evan Boyce

Portadown home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Andrew McGrory 77'
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Andy McGrory scored Ballymena's winner ©David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

SKY BLUES GET FIRST LEAGUE WIN ON THE ROAD

Ballymena United squeezed past nine-man Portadown at Shamrock Park to record a first away win of the campaign.

A cagey start to the game produced few efforts in front of goal during the opening exchanges although Ballymena did have a Jonte Smith header saved by Jethren Barr while Ports striker Lee Bonis had a low free-kick stopped by Jordan Williamson.

The visitors did look the more likely to find a way through as the first half progressed with Andy McGrory and Dan Bramall both having efforts dealt with by Barr.

The Ports were suffered their first dismissal of the afternoon just after the half-hour mark when Oisin Conaty was shown a straight red card by referee Evan Boyce following an off the ball incident with Caolan Loughran.

And Ballymena almost made their extra man count just before the break when Conor Keeley severely tested Barr with a hard hit long range drive which the Ports keeper did well to turn around an upright.

United had another opening early in the second half when Bramall cut inside and offered up a 25-yard drive only for the ball to go over.

Ports defender Paul Finnegan glanced a header from Stephen Teggart's corner just wide not long after the hour while, at the other end, Paul McElroy was denied by another good stop from Barr.

But the turning point in the game came with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining. Portadown went down to nine men when Nathan Kerr was issued with a second yellow for impeding Ryan Waide and, just a minute or so after that, McGrory bundled home what proved to be the winner with an instinctive finish inside a packed area

Portadown: Barr, Hall, Ruddy, McCallum, Finnegan, McKeown, Lavery, Bonis, Conaty, Kerr, S. Teggart subs Doherty (not used), Tipton (not used), Anderson (not used), McLeod (replaced McKeown 74), Warde (replaced Lavery 78), Glenfield (not used), Rutkowski (not used)

Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, McKeown, Winchester, Henderson, McGrory, Bramall, Loughran, Keeley, Millar, Smith subs Johnston (not used), Chapman (not used), Wilson (replaced Henderson 46), McElroy (replaced McKeown 46), Waide (replaced Bramall 60), Barr (not used), Beattie (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Portadown   0 - 1 Ballymena United
  •  Yellow Card

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    90+3'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ross Redman

    Ballymena United

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Lavery

    Portadown

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sam Warde

    Portadown

    78'
  • GOAL

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    77'
  •  Red Card

    Nathan Kerr

    Portadown

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Barney McKeown

    Portadown

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sammie McLeod

    Portadown

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Bramall

    Ballymena United

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    60'
  •  Yellow Card

    Barney McKeown

    Portadown

    57'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Owen McKeown

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jack Henderson

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Douglas Wilson

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    46'
  •  Red Card

    Oisin Conaty

    Portadown

    32'
  •  Yellow Card

    Owen McKeown

    Ballymena United

    14'

Portadown

  • Jethren Barr
  • Greg Hall
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Adam McCallum
  • Paul Finnegan
  • Barney McKeown 57' red substitution 74'
  • Chris Lavery red substitution 78'
  • Lee Bonis
  • Oisin Conaty 32'
  • Nathan Kerr 75'
  • Stephen Teggart

Substitutes

  • Harry Doherty
  • George Tipton
  • Harry Anderson
  • Sammie McLeod green substitution 74'
  • Sam Warde green substitution 78'
  • Samuel Glenfield
  • Igor Rutkowski

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ross Redman 90'
  • Owen McKeown 14' red substitution 46'
  • Jude Winchester 90+3'
  • Jack Henderson red substitution 46'
  • Andrew McGrory 77'
  • Daniel Bramall red substitution 60'
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Conor Keeley
  • Leroy Millar
  • Jonte Smith

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Lee Chapman
  • Douglas Wilson green substitution 46'
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 46'
  • Ryan Waide green substitution 60'
  • Brendan Barr
  • Spencer Beattie

Portadown

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