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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 23 October 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1246

Referee: Ian McNabb

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 0
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Kenneth Kane 31'
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Kenneth Kane celebrates grabbing the winner at The Showgrounds ©Evan Logan/INPHO

KANE WINNER SEES REDS SLIP TO FIRST DEFEAT

Ballymena United inflicted a first defeat of the season upon league leaders Cliftonville thanks to a first half goal at The Showgrounds.

The Sky Blues got off to a bright start with Andrew McGrory, Kenneth Kane and Ross Redman all sending good balls into the box but no-one was available to apply the finishing touch.

For Cliftonville Jamie McDonagh fired an effort wide from outside the box while Ryan Curran saw a low shot blocked by keeper Jordan Williamson. Then, around the half-hour mark, McDonagh saw a corner headed off the line before another shot, this time by Rory Hale, was stopped.

The deadlock was broken on 31 minutes in favour of the home side when Kane capitalised on a mistake by Aaron Donnelly to run onto a Jude Winchester through ball and finish past Declan Dunne.

Cliftonville might have levelled right at the end of the first half but Curran could only head wide from Hale's left-sided cross.

The Reds continued to press for the equaliser after the break with Hale being denied by Williamson from close range and McDonagh firing into the side netting from Ronan Doherty's cross.

Ryan Curran then saw a low effort stopped by the home keeper with the rebound falling to Joe Gormley but he could only send his attempt wide.

However, Ballymena held on and could had twice doubled their advantage late in proceedings through Jonte Smith who was first denied by Dunne before losing his footing in front of goal to allow Jonny Addis to clear the danger.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, Wilson, Winchester, Waide, McCullough, Kane, McGrory, Loughran, Keeley, Millar subs Johnston (not used), Chapman (not used), McElroy (replaced McCullough 76), Henderson (not used), Barr (replaced Waide 76), Smith (replaced Kane 68), Beattie (not used)

Cliftonville: Dunne, Hale, R. Curran, McDonagh, Lowe, Donnelly, Addis, Doherty, Gormley, Turner, Gallagher subs McNicholas (not used), Harney (not used), C. Curran (replaced McDonagh 70), O’Neill (replaced Donnelly 78), Foster (not used), Coates (not used), Kearns (replaced Hale 83)

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

    Brendan Barr

    Ballymena United

    90+2'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Cliftonville

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Donnelly

    Cliftonville

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Brendan Barr

    Ballymena United

    76'
  •  Yellow Card

    Douglas Wilson

    Ballymena United

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McDonagh

    Cliftonville

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonte Smith

    Ballymena United

    68'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    42'
  • GOAL

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    31'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ross Redman
  • Douglas Wilson 75'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Ryan Waide 42' red substitution 76'
  • Steven McCullough red substitution 76'
  • Kenneth Kane red substitution 68' 31'
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Conor Keeley
  • Leroy Millar

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Lee Chapman
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 76'
  • Jack Henderson
  • Brendan Barr 90+2' green substitution 76'
  • Jonte Smith green substitution 68'
  • Spencer Beattie

Cliftonville

  • Declan Dunne
  • Rory Hale red substitution 83'
  • Ryan Curran
  • Jamie McDonagh red substitution 70'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Aaron Donnelly red substitution 78'
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley
  • Luke Turner
  • Chris Gallagher

Substitutes

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Jamie Harney
  • Chris Curran green substitution 70'
  • Paul O'Neill green substitution 78'
  • Seanan Foster
  • Colin Coates
  • Daniel Kearns green substitution 83'
© Evan Logan/INPHO

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