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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 19 February 2022 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 973

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Ballymena United home-team
3 FT 3
away-team Glenavon
  •   Mikey Place 12'
  •   Conor Keeley 45'
  •   Paul McElroy 80'
  •   Matthew Fitzpatrick 7'
  •   Peter Campbell 46'
  •   Conor McCloskey 69'
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Leroy Millar and Danny Wallace in action ©Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press

SIX GOALS AND PLENTY OF DRAMA AT THE SHOWGROUNDS

Ballymena United and Glenavon battled to an equal share of six goals at The Showgrounds in a hugely entertaining clash that also produced no fewer than three red cards.

Glenavon moved in front after just seven minutes when Matthew Fitzpatrick turned the ball home from close range following the failure of the home defence to clear a cross.

But United levelled five minutes after that through Mikey Place who found the net at the back post after Leroy Millar had delivered a low pass from the left.

Place then turned provider as Ballymena edged into the lead in first half stoppage time when his free-kick from wide on the left was nodded past James Taylor by Conor Keeley at the near post.

The visitors made it 2-2 barely 30 seconds after the interval, however, courtesy of some need footwork by Peter Campbell which created the opening for him to finish past Sean O'Neill.

Both sides were reduced to ten men just before the hour. A melee on the edge of the area saw Keeley presented with two successive cautions by referee Raymond Crangle before, moments after that, Danny Wallace was also shown his second booking of the afternoon.

The game took another twist on 69 minutes as Glenavon regained the advantage thanks to a superb 25-yard Conor McCloskey drive which O'Neill couldn't keep out despite getting a touch to it.

Remarkably, Glenavon were reduced to nine men just three minutes after that when Robert Garrett was involved in an incident with Place in full view of the referee.

Then, as if that wasn't enough, Ballymena made it 3-3 with ten minutes left after a Place corner was returned back onto the edge of the box for Paul McElroy to head past Taylor.

And Ballymena might have sealed it not long after that only for Millar to flash a header just the wrong side of an upright.

Ballymena United: O’Neill, Redman, McElroy, Waide, McCullough, Barr, Keeley, Millar, Graham, M. Smith, Place subs Gallagher (not used), Chapman (not used), Kane (replaced Smith 88), Henderson (not used), Rodgers (replaced Barr 60), Bramall (not used), Parkhouse (replaced Waide 72)

Glenavon: Taylor, Birney, Haughey, O’Connor, Campbell, Snoddy, McCloskey, Fitzpatrick, Wallace, Singleton, Garrett subs A. Doyle (not used), Hall (not used), Scannell (not used), O’Mahony (not used), J. Doyle (replaced McCloskey 87), Ward (replaced Fitzpatrick 72), Lynch (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   3 - 3 Glenavon
  •  Yellow Card

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    90+2'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Malachy Smith

    Glentoran

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McCloskey

    Glenavon

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Josh Doyle

    Glenavon

    87'
  • GOAL

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Fitzpatrick

    Glenavon

    72'
  •  Red Card

    Robert Garrett

    Glenavon

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Ward

    Glenavon

    72'
  •  Yellow Card

    Leroy Millar

    Larne

    70'
  • GOAL

    Conor McCloskey

    Glenavon

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Brendan Barr

    Dungannon Swifts

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Christopher Rodgers

    Dundela

    60'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ross Redman

    Ballymena United

    57'
  •  Red Card

    Conor Keeley

    Ballymena United

    56'
  •  Yellow Card

    Matthew Fitzpatrick

    Glenavon

    56'
  •  Red Card

    Danny Wallace

    Glenavon

    56'
  • GOAL

    Peter Campbell

    Glenavon

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    45'
  • GOAL

    Conor Keeley

    Ballymena United

    45'
  •  Yellow Card

    Calum Birney

    Glenavon

    40'
  • GOAL

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    12'
  • GOAL

    Matthew Fitzpatrick

    Glenavon

    7'

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Ross Redman 57'
  • Ryan Waide 45' red substitution 72'
  • Mikey Place 90+2' 12'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Brendan Barr red substitution 60'
  • Conor Keeley 56' 45'
  • Leroy Millar 70'
  • Paul McElroy 80'
  • Sean Graham
  • Malachy Smith red substitution 88'

Substitutes

  • Ciaran Gallagher
  • Lee Chapman
  • Kenneth Kane green substitution 88'
  • Jack Henderson
  • Christopher Rodgers green substitution 60'
  • Daniel Bramall
  • David Parkhouse green substitution 72'

Glenavon

  • James Taylor
  • Calum Birney 40'
  • Mark Haughey
  • Michael O'Connor
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick 56' red substitution 72' 7'
  • Matthew Snoddy
  • Peter Campbell 46'
  • Danny Wallace 56'
  • Conor McCloskey red substitution 87' 69'
  • James Singleton
  • Robert Garrett 72'

Substitutes

  • Andrew Doyle
  • Andy Hall
  • Conor Scannell
  • Jack O'Mahony
  • Josh Doyle green substitution 87'
  • Sean Ward green substitution 72'
  • Harry Lynch
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