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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 16 April 2022 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 924

Referee: Ian McNabb

Ballymena United home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Portadown
  •   Paul McElroy 48' (pen)
  •   Steven McCullough 81'
  •   Billy Stedman 37'
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Steven McCullough celebrates scoring Ballymena's winner ©Brian Little/INPHO

SKY BLUES FIGHT BACK

Ballymena United came from behind to defeat Portadown at The Showgrounds and collect an important three points in the battle for a potential European play-off spot.

David Jeffrey's side are now just a point adrift of fellow challengers Glenavon following their loss away to Dungannon Swifts going into the final three games of the campaign.

The Sky Blues enjoyed the best of the early opportunities with both Ryan Waide and Brendan Barr being denied by Ports keeper Jethren Barr.

At the other end Adam Salley had a go from distance before, with eight minutes of the first half remaining, the Ports edged in front through Billy Stedman who managed to meet a corner and nod the ball home from close range.

And the visitors almost bagged a second in stoppage time through George Tipton but his curling effort was well kept out by Jordan Williamson.

It took United just three minutes of the second half to get back on level terms, however, after Paul McElroy converted from the spot, awarded after Barr had been the victim of an infringement by Howard Beverland on the edge of the area.

Ballymena might have taken the lead just after the hour mark when Barr pounced on a poor Michael Ruddy header but he was thwarted by his namesake in the visiting goal.

But what proved to be the winner came with nine minutes remaining after Steven McCullough offered up a sweetly executed left-foot free-kick into the top left corner from around 25 yards.

There was almost a third on 83 minutes but Mikey Place's low effort from outside the box was spilled by the keeper only to rebound off an upright and back into Barr's grateful arms.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, Kelly, McElroy, Waide, McCullough, Henderson, Barr, McGrory, Keeley, Nelson subs Johnston (not used), Kane (replaced McElroy 84), Loughran (replaced Keeley 84), Graham (not used), Smith (not used), Place (replaced Henderson 68), McMullan (not used)

Portadown: Barr, Hall, Ruddy, Tipton, Salley, Conaty, McNally, Teggart, Beverland, J. Doherty, Stedman subs H. Doherty (not used), McCallum (replaced McNally 26), Anderson (not used), Dupree (replaced Beverland 84), Smith (replaced Conaty 68), Dugan (not used), Mashigo (replaced Tipton 68)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   2 - 1 Portadown
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor Keeley

    Ballymena United

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Caolan Loughran

    Ballymena United

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Howard Beverland

    Portadown

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamal Dupree

    Portadown

    84'
  • GOAL

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jack Henderson

    Ballymena United

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    George Tipton

    Portadown

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Oisin Conaty

    Portadown

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jack Smith

    Portadown

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Katlego Mashigo

    Portadown

    68'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    48'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jack Henderson

    Ballymena United

    42'
  • GOAL

    Billy Stedman

    Portadown

    37'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    29'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Patrick McNally

    Portadown

    26'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam McCallum

    Portadown

    26'
  •  Yellow Card

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    19'

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ross Redman
  • Joshua Kelly 29'
  • Paul McElroy red substitution 84' 48'
  • Ryan Waide
  • Steven McCullough 19' 81'
  • Jack Henderson 42' red substitution 68'
  • Brendan Barr
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Conor Keeley red substitution 84'
  • Kym Nelson

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Kenneth Kane green substitution 84'
  • Caolan Loughran green substitution 84'
  • Sean Graham
  • Malachy Smith
  • Mikey Place green substitution 68'
  • Jordan McMullan

Portadown

  • Jethren Barr
  • Greg Hall
  • Michael Ruddy
  • George Tipton red substitution 68'
  • Adam Salley
  • Oisin Conaty red substitution 68'
  • Patrick McNally red substitution 26'
  • Stephen Teggart
  • Howard Beverland red substitution 84'
  • Josh Doherty
  • Billy Stedman 37'

Substitutes

  • Harry Doherty
  • Adam McCallum green substitution 26'
  • Harry Anderson
  • Jamal Dupree green substitution 84'
  • Jack Smith green substitution 68'
  • Elliott Dugan
  • Katlego Mashigo green substitution 68'

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