Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 18 August 2023 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 2028

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Ballymena United home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Linfield
  •   Chris McKee 83'
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McKEE STRIKE ENOUGH FOR BLUES

Linfield edged to a narrow defeat of Ballymena United at a wet and windy Showgrounds.

The Blues started brightly and, after creating a number of early chances, might have moved in front on 20 minutes when Jack Scott played Chris McKee through on goal but his subsequent effort came back off the right post.

Then, a little later, a Kirk Millar corner fell for Scott at the near post but he could only send his effort wide of the target.

But United might have grabbed the advantage themselves around the half-hour mark after TJ Murray sent a goalbound strike towards the top corner only for Chris Johns to produce a superb save to turn the ball over.

Linfield started the second half on the front foot, and came close again when Kyle McClean saw a stront strike blocked after a scramble in the box.

Murray responded for the Sky Blues again not long after that but was denied by a Chris Shields clearance.

The visitors did have the ball in the net on the hour after McClean fired past O'Neill from fully 30 yards only for the ball to come back off the underside of the bar while John Robertson's follow-up was ruled out offside.

However Linfield did finally move in front with seven minutes remaining after Shields played a superb pass through for McKee to latch onto and fire strong beyond O'Neill into the bottom corner.

Ballymena United: O'Neill, Nelson, Whiteside, Graham, Waide, McCullough, McGuigan, Taylor, Murray, McMurray, Place subs Johnston, O'Boyle, Gibson, Tennant, Crawford, McMullan

Linfield: Johns, Finlayson, Shields, Scott, Millar, McClean, Cooper, Hall, Clarke, McKee, Robertson subs Walsh, Newberry, McBrien, Mulgrew, Annett, McKay, McStravick

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   0 - 1 Linfield
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    TJ Murray

    Portadown

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lewis Tennant

    Ballymena United

    89'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jonathan McMurray

    Ballymena United

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    86'
  • GOAL

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Loughgall

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    John McGuigan

    Departed Players

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Fiontan O'Boyle

    Coagh United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Gibson

    Loughgall

    82'
  •  Yellow Card

    Sean Graham

    Larne

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    John Robertson

    Departed Players

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Darragh McBrien

    Linfield

    72'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Shields

    Linfield

    65'
  •  Yellow Card

    Steven McCullough

    Portadown

    60'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    53'
  •  Yellow Card

    John McGuigan

    Departed Players

    40'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kym Nelson

    Ballymena United

    35'

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Kym Nelson 35'
  • Scot Whiteside
  • Sean Graham 73'
  • Ryan Waide red substitution 82'
  • Steven McCullough 60'
  • John McGuigan 40' red substitution 82'
  • Fraser Taylor
  • TJ Murray red substitution 89'
  • Jonathan McMurray 87'
  • Mikey Place 53'

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Fiontan O'Boyle green substitution 82'
  • Jordan Gibson green substitution 82'
  • Lewis Tennant green substitution 89'
  • Caleb Crawford
  • Jordan McMullan

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Daniel Finlayson
  • Chris Shields 65'
  • Jack Scott
  • Kirk Millar
  • Kyle McClean
  • Joel Cooper red substitution 86'
  • Ben Hall
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Chris McKee 83'
  • John Robertson red substitution 72'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Michael Newberry
  • Darragh McBrien green substitution 72'
  • Jamie Mulgrew green substitution 86'
  • Rhys Annett
  • Ryan McKay
  • Liam McStravick

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