Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 17 February 2024 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1178

Referee: Shane Andrews

Ballymena United home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Larne
  •   Lee Bonis 8'
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Lee Bonis heads home Larne's winner ©David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

LARNE NARROWLY DEFEAT SKY BLUES

Larne defeated Ballymena United at The Showgrounds to move three points clear at the top of the Sports Direct Premiership.

Tiernan Lynch's side grabbed what proved to be the winner and only goal of the game after just eight minutes when Andy Ryan and Lee Bonis combined for the latter to head past Sean O'Neill.

The Sky Blues might have levelled midway through the first half when Noah Stewart played Mikey Place through one-on-one with Rohan Ferguson but the Larne keeper did well to cope with his low shot.

Larne came close to doubling their lead a few minutes from the break when, from a Mark Randall free-kick, Bonis tried to beat O'Neill again but the United keeper produced a fabulous stop to deal with the threat.

It was almost 2-0 midway through the second half, but Sean Graham could only look on as his effort rolled just past the far post with a similar fate befalling Jaziel Orozco's attempt on goal not long after that.

Ryan then came close with a curling free-kick over the wall but it connected with stanchion behind the goal ... and Ballymena might have snatched a stoppage time equaliser when Andy McGrory's looping cross landed on the roof of the net.

Ballymena United: O’Neill, Nelson, Rocks, McCullough, F. Taylor, Boyle, Place, Robinson, Stewart, McCurry, McCallion subs Johnston, McGrory, Tennant, D. Taylor, McMurray, McAuley, Mallon

Larne: Ferguson, Donnelly, Randall, Bonis, Ives, Bolger, Cosgrove, Graham, Gallagher, Ryan, Williams subs McAdams, Kearns, O’Neill, Allan, Westendorf, Sloan, Orozco

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

    Fraser Taylor

    Unregistered Players

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Calvin McCurry

    Ballymena United

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Taylor

    Ballymena United

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Ballymena United

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kym Nelson

    Ballymena United

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    78'
  •  Yellow Card

    Isaac Westendorf

    Unregistered Players

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Graham

    Larne

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jaziel Orozco

    Unregistered Players

    71'
  •  Yellow Card

    Dylan Boyle

    Ballymena United

    68'
  •  Yellow Card

    Levi Ives

    Larne

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Bonis

    Larne

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Isaac Westendorf

    Unregistered Players

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Dylan Sloan

    Larne

    60'
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Donnelly

    Larne

    49'
  • GOAL

    Lee Bonis

    Larne

    8'

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Kym Nelson 80'
  • Donal Rocks
  • Steven McCullough
  • Fraser Taylor red substitution 85'
  • Dylan Boyle 68'
  • Mikey Place red substitution 78'
  • Jamie Robinson
  • Noah Stewart
  • Calvin McCurry red substitution 85'
  • Daithi McCallion

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Andrew McGrory green substitution 78'
  • Lewis Tennant
  • David Taylor green substitution 85'
  • Jonathan McMurray green substitution 85'
  • Shea McAuley
  • Ben Mallon

Larne

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Aaron Donnelly 49'
  • Mark Randall red substitution 60'
  • Lee Bonis red substitution 60' 8'
  • Levi Ives 67'
  • Cian Bolger
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Sean Graham red substitution 71'
  • Chris Gallagher
  • Andy Ryan
  • Ro-Shaun Williams

Substitutes

  • Aidan McAdams
  • Daniel Kearns
  • Paul O'Neill
  • Scott Allan
  • Isaac Westendorf 74' green substitution 60'
  • Dylan Sloan green substitution 60'
  • Jaziel Orozco green substitution 71'
© David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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