Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 9 February 2024 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Newry Showgrounds

Attendance: 785

Referee: Christopher Morrison

Newry City home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Adam Salley 76'
  •   Noah Stewart 73'
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©Philip Magowan/INPHO

SHOWGROUNDS BASEMENT BATTLE ENDS ALL SQUARE

Newry City and Ballymena United battled to a share of the spoils in a bottom of the table clash at The Showgrounds.

The visitors might have seized the advantage early on when Daithi McCallion played Calvin McCurry through but his strike was well dealt with by Conor Mitchell.

At the other end Adam Salley broke away from his marker to test Sean O'Neill with a strong strike which the United keeper turned behind for a corner.

But Sean Brown came closest to breaking the deadlock in favour of the visitors just after the half-hour mark when he got past Noel Healy but could only look on as his subsequent effort came crashing back off the woodwork.

United might have moved in front around the hour mark when, following a scramble in the box, the ball eventually reached Fraser Taylor only for his shot to end up wide of the target.

Jim Ervin's side eventually grabbed the lead on 73 minutes. Substitute Noah Stewart ran through midfield before laying the ball off for Taylor who then found Brown with his cross from the right eventually reaching Stewart - who had continued his run - to slot home from close range.

However, it proved to be a short lived lead when Newry hit back just three minutes after that from a Georgie Poynton corner which reached Adam Salley and a bullet header past the outstretched O'Neill.

Newry City: Mitchell, King, Healy, McGivern, McKeown, Salley, Bagnall, Ball, Forde, Scullion, Doyle subs Maguire, McCaffrey, Carroll, J. McGovern, Poynton, McDonagh, P. McGovern

Ballymena United: O'Neill, Nelson, Rocks, McCullough, Taylor, McMurray, Boyle, Brown, Robinson, McCurry, McCallion subs Johnston, McGrory, Tennant, Place, Stewart, Barr, Leddy

  • FULL TIME
    Newry City   1 - 1 Ballymena United
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Calvin McCurry

    Ballymena United

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Leddy

    Ballymena United

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lorcan Forde

    Newry City

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Francis McCaffrey

    Newry City

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Donal Rocks

    Ballymena United

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    83'
  •  Yellow Card

    Georgie Poynton

    Newry City

    81'
  • GOAL

    Adam Salley

    Newry City

    76'
  • GOAL

    Noah Stewart

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Ballymena United

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Noah Stewart

    Ballymena United

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Brandon Doyle

    Unregistered Players

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    John McGovern

    Unregistered Players

    71'
  •  Yellow Card

    Lorcan Forde

    Newry City

    69'
  •  Yellow Card

    Liam Bagnall

    Unregistered Players

    56'
  •  Yellow Card

    Donal Rocks

    Ballymena United

    40'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Steven Ball

    Newry City

    24'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Georgie Poynton

    Newry City

    24'

Newry City

  • Conor Mitchell
  • Darren King
  • Noel Healy
  • Ryan McGivern
  • Barney McKeown (1)
  • Adam Salley 76'
  • Liam Bagnall 56'
  • Steven Ball red substitution 24'
  • Lorcan Forde 69' red substitution 85'
  • Donal Scullion
  • Brandon Doyle red substitution 71'

Substitutes

  • Steven Maguire
  • Francis McCaffrey green substitution 85'
  • Adam Carroll
  • John McGovern green substitution 71'
  • Georgie Poynton 81' green substitution 24'
  • Jamie McDonagh
  • Paul McGovern

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Kym Nelson
  • Donal Rocks 40' red substitution 83'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Fraser Taylor
  • Jonathan McMurray red substitution 72'
  • Dylan Boyle
  • Sean Brown
  • Jamie Robinson
  • Calvin McCurry red substitution 87'
  • Daithi McCallion

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Lewis Tennant
  • Mikey Place green substitution 83'
  • Noah Stewart green substitution 72' 73'
  • Brendan Barr
  • Michael Leddy green substitution 87'
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