Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 9 March 2024 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1068

Referee: Shane McGonigle

Ballymena United home-team
2 FT 4
away-team Crusaders
  •   Kym Nelson 18'
  •   Fraser Taylor 28'
  •   Adam Lecky 11'
  •   Ben Kennedy 67'
  •   Paul Heatley 71'
  •   Jarlath O'Rourke 74'
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Jarlath O'Rourke celebrates scoring ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

CRUES WIN TOPSY TURVY SHOWGROUNDS CLASH

Crusaders defeated Ballymena United in an entertaining, topsy turvy encounter at The Showgrounds.

The Crues moved in front on 11 minutes after Adam Lecky linked up with Philip Lowry from a free-kick before sending an angled finish past Sean O'Neill from just inside the area.

And they might have doubled their advantage just moments after that only for Ross Clarke's inswinging corner to come back off the top of the crossbar.

But Ballymena levelled on 18 minutes through Kym Nelson after he blasted home the loose ball after a Mikey Place free-kick came off the wall before falling loose.

The visitors hit the crossbar again from a Ben Kennedy lob following a moment of indecision in the home defence but, on 28 minutes, Ballymena actually moved in front courtesy of Fraser Taylor's superb strike beyond Jonny Tuffey from the left side of the area.

Crusaders did have the ball in the net again right at the end of the first half when Paul Heatley turned home the rebound from a Lecky strike only for it to be ruled out offside by the officials.

However a three goal spell in seven second half minutes turned the balance of the game firmly back in favour of the visitors.

Kennedy finally got his name on the scoresheet on 67 minutes with a cushioned header after Daniel Larmour knocked on a Jordan Forsythe free-kick.

Then, four minutes after that, Heatley also got his goal after Kennedy had played him through to calmly finish beyond O'Neill before, on 74 minutes, Jarlath O'Rourke volleyed home a fourth for the Crues when he ran onto a deep cross from Heatley down the right.

Ballymena United: O’Neill, Nelson, Rocks, McCullough, Taylor, Boyle, Brown, Place, Robinson, McCurry, McCallion subs Johnston, McGrory, Tennant, McMurray, Mallon, Barr, Hood

Crusaders: Tuffey, Burns, Lowry, Kennedy, Lecky, Forsythe, O’Rourke, Winchester, Larmour, Heatley, Clarke subs Kerr, Joshua, Weir, McAleenan, Owens, Nixon, Boyd

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   2 - 4 Crusaders
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Unregistered Players

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stewart Nixon

    Crusaders

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    87'
  •  Yellow Card

    Fraser Taylor

    Unregistered Players

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kym Nelson

    Ballymena United

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Robinson

    Cliftonville

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Hood

    Ballymena United

    77'
  • GOAL

    Jarlath O'Rourke

    Crusaders

    74'
  • GOAL

    Paul Heatley

    Unregistered Players

    71'
  • GOAL

    Ben Kennedy

    Crusaders

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    62'
  •  Yellow Card

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    59'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    54'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Donal Rocks

    Ballymena United

    47'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Ballymena United

    47'
  • GOAL

    Fraser Taylor

    Unregistered Players

    28'
  • GOAL

    Kym Nelson

    Ballymena United

    18'
  • GOAL

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    11'
  •  Yellow Card

    Steven McCullough

    Portadown

    8'

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Kym Nelson 81' 18'
  • Donal Rocks red substitution 47'
  • Steven McCullough 8'
  • Fraser Taylor 85' 28'
  • Dylan Boyle
  • Sean Brown
  • Mikey Place
  • Jamie Robinson red substitution 77'
  • Calvin McCurry
  • Daithi McCallion

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Lewis Tennant
  • Jonathan McMurray green substitution 47'
  • Ben Mallon
  • Brendan Barr
  • James Hood green substitution 77'

Crusaders

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Billy Joe Burns
  • Philip Lowry
  • Adam Lecky 59' red substitution 87' 11'
  • Ben Kennedy 67'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Paul Heatley red substitution 89' 71'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Jarlath O'Rourke 74'
  • Daniel Larmour
  • Ross Clarke 54' red substitution 62'

Substitutes

  • Ryan Kerr
  • Kevin Joshua
  • Robbie Weir green substitution 62'
  • Adam McAleenan
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 87'
  • Stewart Nixon green substitution 89'
  • Jay Boyd
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