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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 10 December 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1106

Referee: Tony Clarke

Ballymena United home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Larne
  •   Conor Keeley 58'
  •   Paul McElroy 75'
  •   David McDaid 51'
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Conor Keeley levels for Ballymena ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

KEELEY AND McELROY TURN IT AROUND FOR THE SKY BLUES

Goals from Conor Keeley and Paul McElroy helped Ballymena United come from behind to beat Larne on a bitterly cold Friday night at The Showgrounds.

A somewhat nervy and edgy opening period produced little by way of clear cut chances up front, and it took until the 25th minute for the first effort of note to emerge when Larne's Graham Kelly fired straight at United keeper Jordan Williamson from outside the area.

Ballymena created their first threatening move just after the half-hour mark through Steven McCullough who did well to turn before testing Rohan Ferguson with a powerful effort which the Larne keeper turned away.

Williamson pulled off another stop at the other end on 40 minutes when he did well to turn away Ben Doherty's effort before playing switched again for McElroy to send over a ball to Ryan Waide at the back post but he could only nod wide of the target.

However, the deadlock was broken in Larne's favour just six minutes into the second after Doherty sent over a cross from the right for David McDaid to fire into the bottom left past the stranded Williamson.

Jude Winchester might have levelled on 58 minutes with an effort from distance which Ferguson tipped over but, from the resultant corner, Keeley was on hand to power home a header from Ross Redman's set piece.

The Sky Blues continued to apply the pressure after the equaliser and were duly rewarded for their efforts with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when, on the counter attack, McElroy stepped inside a defender before sending the ball into the bottom corner.

And David Jeffrey's almost added to their lead soon after that when Keeley nodded wide from another Redman corner before, a minute from time, substitute David Parkhouse - marking his return from an injury sustained on the opening day of the season - crashed a header off the crossbar from McCullough's delivery.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Chapman, Redman, Winchester, McElroy, Waide, McCullough, Kane, Barr, Keeley, Millar subs Johnston (not used), Henderson (not used), Bramall (not used), Parkhouse (replaced McElroy 81), Loughran (not used), Graham (not used), Smith (not used)

Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Kelly, Watson, Sule, Randall, Hale, McDaid, Doherty, Bolger, Cosgrove subs Argyrides (not used), Oluwa (replaced Hale 70), Scott (not used), Lynch (replaced Doherty 70), Mitchell (not used), Jarvis (replaced Kelly 70), Lusty (replaced Watson 90+1)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   2 - 1 Larne
  •  Yellow Card

    Lee Lynch

    Larne

    90+3'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Albert Watson

    Larne

    90+1'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Lusty

    Larne

    90+1'
  •  Yellow Card

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    89'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    81'
  • GOAL

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Graham Kelly

    Larne

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Doherty

    Larne

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Oluwa

    Unregistered Players

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Larne

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Dean Jarvis

    Larne

    70'
  • GOAL

    Conor Keeley

    Ballymena United

    58'
  •  Yellow Card

    Fuad Sule

    Larne

    56'
  •  Yellow Card

    Brendan Barr

    Ballymena United

    53'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    52'
  • GOAL

    David McDaid

    Larne

    51'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jude Winchester

    Crusaders

    26'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Lee Chapman
  • Ross Redman
  • Jude Winchester 26'
  • Conor Keeley 58'
  • Ryan Waide
  • Steven McCullough
  • Paul McElroy red substitution 81' 75'
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Brendan Barr 53'
  • Leroy Millar 89'

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Jack Henderson
  • Daniel Bramall
  • David Parkhouse green substitution 81'
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Sean Graham
  • Jonte Smith

Larne

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Graham Kelly red substitution 70'
  • Albert Watson red substitution 90+1'
  • Fuad Sule 56'
  • Mark Randall 86'
  • Ronan Hale 52' red substitution 70'
  • David McDaid 51'
  • Ben Doherty red substitution 70'
  • Cian Bolger
  • Tomas Cosgrove

Substitutes

  • Michael Argyrides
  • Thomas Oluwa green substitution 70'
  • Andy Scott
  • Lee Lynch 90+3' green substitution 70'
  • Andy Mitchell
  • Dean Jarvis green substitution 70'
  • Matthew Lusty green substitution 90+1'
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