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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 27 November 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Ballymena United home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Crusaders
  •   Jude Winchester 58'
  •   Paul McElroy 90+1'
football
The Sky Blues celebrate Jude Winchester's opening goal ©Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

SKY BLUES HIT TWO PAST CRUES

Second half goals from Jude Winchester and Paul McElroy helped Ballymena United defeat Crusaders at The Showgrounds.

United got off to a promising start and might have moved in front as early as the fifth minute after Leroy Millar played the ball back to McElroy but Jonny Tuffey did well to turn the ball onto the post.

Another effort followed soon after only for Kenny Kane's shot to be blocked for a corner while, around the half-hour mark, Ryan Waide found McElroy only for his header to drift off target.

Crusaders looked a much better proposition after the break and, indeed, it was very much against the run of play when United moved in front on 58 minutes. McElroy turned provider to find Winchester who ran into the area to the back post to finish past Tuffey.

The Crues tried to get back into the game, coming close through Ben Kennedy's half-volley from just outside the area while Philip Lowry had a header saved by Jordan Williamson.

Then, in the closing moments, the ball came off Jordan Owens in the box only to sail just inches past the post.

However, Ballymena made sure of the points in stoppage time when Waide played the ball across to McElroy who was unmarked to knock home United's second.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Wilson, Winchester, McElroy, Waide, McCullough, Kane, Barr, McGrory, Keeley, Millar subs Johnston (not used), Chapman (not used), Henderson (replaced Millar 78), Rodgers (not used), Bramall (not used), Smith (not used), Beattie (not used)

Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Wilson, Kennedy, Lecky, Caddell, Forsythe, O’Rourke, Larmour, Robinson, McMurray subs O’Neill (not used), Hegarty (not used), Weir (not used), Lowry (replaced McMurray 46), Frazer (replaced Lecky 87), Owens (replaced Caddell 78), Clarke (replaced Larmour 46)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   2 - 0 Crusaders
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Forsythe

    Crusaders

    90+5'
  • GOAL

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    90+1'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joshua Robinson

    Crusaders

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Frazer

    Crusaders

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jack Henderson

    Ballymena United

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Crusaders

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    78'
  • GOAL

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    58'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Larmour

    Crusaders

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Philip Lowry

    Crusaders

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    44'
  •  Yellow Card

    Daniel Larmour

    Crusaders

    21'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Douglas Wilson
  • Jude Winchester 44' 58'
  • Paul McElroy 90+1'
  • Ryan Waide
  • Steven McCullough
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Brendan Barr
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Conor Keeley
  • Leroy Millar red substitution 78'

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Lee Chapman
  • Jack Henderson green substitution 78'
  • Christopher Rodgers
  • Daniel Bramall
  • Jonte Smith
  • Spencer Beattie

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Ben Kennedy
  • Adam Lecky red substitution 87'
  • Declan Caddell red substitution 78'
  • Jordan Forsythe 90+5'
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Daniel Larmour 21' red substitution 46'
  • Joshua Robinson 88'
  • Jonathan McMurray red substitution 46'

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Robbie Weir
  • Philip Lowry green substitution 46'
  • Jonathan Frazer green substitution 87'
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 78'
  • Ross Clarke green substitution 46'
© Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

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