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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 22 January 2022 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 902

Referee: Keith Kennedy

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 0
away-team Warrenpoint Town
  •   Leroy Millar 37'
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United skipper Leroy Millar celebrates scoring the only goal of the game ©Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

UNITED MAKE IT SIX IN A ROW AT FORTRESS SHOWGROUNDS

Ballymena United clocked up a sixth home win on the bounce with victory over bottom of the table Warrenpoint Town at The Showgrounds.

A quiet opening to the game saw the visitors force a succession of corners while, at the other end, United skipper Leroy Millar headed into the arms of keeper Stephen McMullan.

The home side had the ball in the net with just over ten minutes on the clock but Andrew McGrory's tap in was subsequently ruled out offside.

'Point created an opening midway through the half when Fra McCaffrey combined with Luke Wade Slater in a one-two only to fire over the bar from inside the area.

But the deadlock was broken on 37 minutes with what proved to be the only goal of the game when Millar ran into the penalty area to beat McMullan at the near post with a left-foot finish.

The Sky Blues came close to doubling their advantage just a couple of minutes after the break after Paul McElroy's long range effort came back off an upright with keeper McMullan beaten.

The visitors came close to levelling just before the hour but home keeper Sam Johnston did well to stretch out a foot to deny Wade Slater's shot.

However Ballymena looked the more likely to find the net again, coming close when Millar had an effort disallowed following a challenge on McMullan while, not long after that, substitute Ryan Waide was thwarted by Jonathan Leddy's goalline clearance.

Then, in the closing moments, the woodwork came to Warrenpoint's rescue again to stop Millar's close range attempt.

Warrenpoint might have snatched a leveller in stoppage time when recent signing Ray O'Sullivan sent a shot over from a good position but, in the end, United held on to secure the win.

Ballymena United: Johnston, Redman, McElroy, McCullough, Rodgers, Barr, McGrory, Parkhouse, Keeley, Millar, Graham subs Waide (replaced McGrory 62), Kane (not used), Henderson (not used), Bramall (not used), Loughran (not used), Nelson (replaced Barr 62), Place (replaced Parkhouse 62)

Warrenpoint Town: McMullan, Ball, Dillon, A. O’Sullivan, McCaffrey, Gallagher, Wade Slater, Hutchinson, Leddy, Byrne, R. O’Sullivan subs Coleman (not used), Deasy (not used), Peers (not used), Wixted (replaced Hutchinson 62), Moorhouse (replaced Wade Slater 83), McKenna (replaced McCaffrey 76), Shotayo (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   1 - 0 Warrenpoint Town
  •  Yellow Card

    Kealan Dillon

    Warrenpoint Town

    89'
  •  Yellow Card

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Luke Wade-Slater

    Warrenpoint Town

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gregory Moorhouse

    Portadown

    83'
  •  Yellow Card

    Luke Wade-Slater

    Warrenpoint Town

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Francis McCaffrey

    Warrenpoint Town

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel McKenna

    Warrenpoint Town

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Brendan Barr

    Dungannon Swifts

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kym Nelson

    Ballymena United

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stuart Hutchinson

    Warrenpoint Town

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Wixted

    Warrenpoint Town

    62'
  • GOAL

    Leroy Millar

    Larne

    37'

Ballymena United

  • Sam Johnston
  • Ross Redman
  • Paul McElroy
  • Steven McCullough 86'
  • Christopher Rodgers
  • Brendan Barr red substitution 62'
  • Andrew McGrory red substitution 62'
  • David Parkhouse red substitution 62'
  • Conor Keeley
  • Leroy Millar 37'
  • Sean Graham

Substitutes

  • Ryan Waide green substitution 62'
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Jack Henderson
  • Daniel Bramall
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Kym Nelson green substitution 62'
  • Mikey Place green substitution 62'

Warrenpoint Town

  • Stephen McMullan
  • Steven Ball
  • Kealan Dillon 89'
  • Ray O'Sullivan
  • Alan O'Sullivan
  • Francis McCaffrey red substitution 76'
  • Luke Gallagher
  • Luke Wade-Slater 80' red substitution 83'
  • Stuart Hutchinson red substitution 62'
  • Jonathan Leddy
  • Daniel Byrne

Substitutes

  • Andy Coleman
  • Colm Deasy
  • Gavin Peers
  • Adam Wixted green substitution 62'
  • Gregory Moorhouse green substitution 83'
  • Daniel McKenna green substitution 76'
  • Dauda Shotayo
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