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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 30 October 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1208

Referee: Steven Gregg

Ballymena United home-team
0 FT 3
away-team Larne
  •   Mark Randall 2' 36'
  •   Navid Nasseri 64'
football
Kofi Balmer makes a clearance ©David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

LARNE SWEEP TO THREE GOAL SHOWGROUNDS WIN

Larne swept to a three-goal victory over Ballymena United at The Showgrounds thanks to finishes from Mark Randall and Navid Nasseri.

The visitors got off to a great start when, after barely 90 seconds had elapsed, Ronan Hale played a clever ball into the area for Randall to run onto and slot past Jordan Williamson.

Hale almost made it 2-0 a few minutes later only to just fail to turn home Graham Kelly's cross while, after a quarter-of-an-hour, he came close again only to be denied by Williamson at point blank range.

Williamson was called into action again to thwart Randall midway through the first half, but Ballymena had a chance level matters soon after when Ryan Waide sent an effort just past the post from the edge of the area.

But Larne looked the more likely to extend their advantage with Hale proving a particular threat with another couple of opportunities stopped by the home keeper.

However, Larne did double their lead on 36 minutes albeit in controversial circumstances. Ballymena had vociferous penalty claims turned away by referee Steven Gregg and whilst they were protesting Larne broke down the other end on the counter for Randall to bag his second of the afternoon.

Steven McCullough might have pulled one back for Ballymena around the hour mark when he ran through on goal and attempted to chip Conor Mitchell only for the ball to drop the wrong side of the post.

Larne's third arrived soon after, however, to kill the game off. Some intelligent play from John Herron kept the ball alive before he laid it off for Nasseri to turn beyond Williamson.

To their credit, the Sky Blues kept going and almost grabbed a 73rd minute consolation through Conor Keeley's header onto an upright.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, Wilson, Winchester, Waide, McCullough, Kane, McGrory, Loughran, Keeley, Millar subs Johnston (not used), Chapman (not used), McKeown (not used), McElroy (replaced McCullough 79), Henderson (not used), Barr (replaced Wilson 79), Beattie (not used)

Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Kelly, Sule, Herron, Nasseri, Randall, Hale, Doherty, Cosgrove, Hughes subs Argyrides (not used), Watson (replaced Randall 68), McDaid (replaced Hale 61), Oluwa (not used), Scott (replaced Doherty 80), Lynch (replaced Herron 68)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   0 - 3 Larne
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Doherty

    Larne

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Scott

    Larne

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Douglas Wilson

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Brendan Barr

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    John Herron

    Larne

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Albert Watson

    Larne

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Larne

    68'
  • GOAL

    Navid Nasseri

    Larne

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David McDaid

    Larne

    61'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    54'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor Keeley

    Ballymena United

    53'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kofi Balmer

    Larne

    42'
  •  Yellow Card

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    39'
  •  Yellow Card

    John Herron

    Larne

    39'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    39'
  • GOAL

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    36'
  •  Yellow Card

    Caolan Loughran

    Ballymena United

    31'
  • GOAL

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    2'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ross Redman
  • Douglas Wilson red substitution 79'
  • Jude Winchester 54'
  • Ryan Waide
  • Steven McCullough 39' red substitution 79'
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Caolan Loughran 31'
  • Conor Keeley 53'
  • Leroy Millar

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Lee Chapman
  • Owen McKeown
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 79'
  • Jack Henderson
  • Brendan Barr green substitution 79'
  • Spencer Beattie

Larne

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Kofi Balmer 42'
  • Graham Kelly
  • Fuad Sule
  • John Herron 39' red substitution 68'
  • Mark Randall 39' red substitution 68' 2' 36'
  • Navid Nasseri 64'
  • Ronan Hale red substitution 61'
  • Ben Doherty red substitution 80'
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Jeff Hughes

Substitutes

  • Michael Argyrides
  • Albert Watson green substitution 68'
  • David McDaid green substitution 61'
  • Thomas Oluwa
  • Andy Scott green substitution 80'
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 68'
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