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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 25 March 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Inver Park

Attendance: 2197

Referee: Shane Andrews

Larne home-team
1 FT 3
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Ben Doherty 18'
  •   David Parkhouse 4' 69'
  •   Leroy Millar 58' (pen)
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David Parkhouse celebrates scoring his second of the evening ©Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

SKY BLUES STORM TO VICTORY IN INVER THRILLER

Ballymena United defeated Larne in a hugely entertaining four goal encounter at Inver Park.

The Sky Blues opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute through David Parkhouse who found the far corner with a calm finish after connecting with Sean Graham's cross from the left.

Larne came close to levelling not long after that when Ronan Hale's first time effort came back off the crossbar with keeper Sean O'Neill stranded.

But, on 18 minutes, Tiernan Lynch's side did equalise when Ben Doherty buried the ball at the second attempt after his initial effort rebounded back to him.

In what was becoming a gripping, end-to-end spectacle United came close to regaining the advantage through Ryan Waide only for Conor Devlin to dive to his right to make the save.

Then, with just over half-an-hour on the clock, Larne struck the crossbar again after Graham Kelly cut in from the right to have a go with a left foot effort.

Ballymena did go back in front again just before the hour mark when skipper Leroy Millar sent Devlin the wrong way from the spot after Albert Watson had handled in the area.

Remarkably, Larne hit the bar for the third time moments after that. On this occasion it was John Herron header that just failed to count after Lee Lynch had sent over a corner from the left.

The visitors bagged their third of the evening on 69 minutes when, following great work down the right from Waide, Parkhouse was on hand to nod home from close range to double his tally.

Paul McElroy then came close to adding a fourth for Ballymena but he could only fire wide from a good position.

Larne: Devlin, Kelly, Watson, Herron, Hale, Doherty, Lynch, Mitchell, Bonis, Hughes, Jarvis subs Ferguson (not used), Nasseri (not used), Randall (replaced Doherty 66), McDaid (replaced Mitchell 66), Scott (replaced Lynch 72), Brown (not used), Simpson (not used)

Ballymena United: O'Neill, Redman, Kelly, Waide, McCullough, Parkhouse, Millar, Graham, M. Smith, Nelson, Place subs Johnston (not used), McElroy (replaced Parkhouse 77), Kane (not used), Henderson (not used), Barr (replaced Waide 84), Loughran (not used), Keeley (replaced Nelson 35)

  • FULL TIME
    Larne   1 - 3 Ballymena United
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Brendan Barr

    Dungannon Swifts

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Coleraine

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Scott

    Larne

    72'
  • GOAL

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Doherty

    Larne

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Mitchell

    Carrick Rangers

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David McDaid

    Ballymena United

    66'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ben Doherty

    Larne

    64'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Leroy Millar

    Larne

    58'
  •  Yellow Card

    Albert Watson

    Larne

    57'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kym Nelson

    Ballymena United

    35'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor Keeley

    Ballymena United

    35'
  • GOAL

    Ben Doherty

    Larne

    18'
  • GOAL

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    4'

Larne

  • Conor Devlin
  • Graham Kelly
  • Albert Watson 57'
  • John Herron
  • Ronan Hale
  • Ben Doherty 64' red substitution 66' 18'
  • Lee Lynch red substitution 72'
  • Andy Mitchell red substitution 66'
  • Lee Bonis
  • Jeff Hughes
  • Dean Jarvis

Substitutes

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Navid Nasseri
  • Mark Randall green substitution 66'
  • David McDaid green substitution 66'
  • Andy Scott green substitution 72'
  • Sean Brown
  • Ethan Simpson

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Ross Redman
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Ryan Waide red substitution 84'
  • Steven McCullough
  • David Parkhouse red substitution 77' 4' 69'
  • Leroy Millar 58'
  • Sean Graham
  • Malachy Smith
  • Kym Nelson red substitution 35'
  • Mikey Place

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 77'
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Jack Henderson
  • Brendan Barr green substitution 84'
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Conor Keeley green substitution 35'
© Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

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