Ballymena 4 - 1 Broadway United

Irish Cup - Quarter final
Saturday, January 12th, 1929, 2:30 PM at Ballymena Showgrounds
Referee: H. Hopkinson (Rochdale)
Ballymena  Broadway United

James Mitchell (8)
Hugh Gilmore (55)
Richard Shaw (57)
James Mitchell (87)
H. Lynn (76)

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
John Gough
Gordon McDairmid
John McNinch
David Reid
Hugh Gilmore
John Reid
Sidney Howard
James McCambridge
James Mitchell
Richard Shaw
Walter Clarke
W. Wallace
J. Nicholl
R. Falloon
W. Ferguson
S. Bingham
W. Neill
N. Lynn

Ballymena had Broadway United as opponents in the second round of the Irish Cup at the Showgrounds on Saturday, in dry frosty weather, before a good crowd.

Davy Reid won the toss and sent Broadway to face a sinking sun. Play opened quietly, with the visitors on the offensive, but finding the home defence sound. Then Ballymena attacked and a promising movement was spoiled by Mitchell getting off side.

Keeping up the attack, however, Shaw sent across and Gilmore tipped to Mitchell, Broadway, evidently expecting the home inside winger to be ruled offside, more or less stood still and allowed Mitchell to open the score eight minutes from the start. On resuming, Broadway attacked, and when Gough saved from Ringland, a melee ensued in the home goal, in the course of which Neill headed in from a ruck of players. Gough, however, stepped into the breach and lifted clear.

The ensuing play was still of a quiet order for a cup tie. Now and again Broadway were having a chance, but finished poorly, Mills, in particular, on one occasion sending weakly behind. A well placed centre might have produced results. In the course of a Ballymena attack, Wallace, holding a stinging shot from D. Reid, was charged in possession by Gilmore and McCambridge, and was lucky to clear.

Two corners fell to Ballymena in quick succession, but Clarke, who was finishing very poorly on the whole, send the ball behind with the direct flag kick. Another corner fell to the home team on the opposite side. In the course of a melee close to the Broadway goal, the whistle sounded the interval.

Broadway attacked in the opening minutes of the second period, but play soon veered to the other end, where Shaw made ground and sent in to Gilmore to beat Wallace all the way with a swift grounder, ten minutes after the resumption. Play had no more than restarted when the home front rank were away again, and this time Shaw ran through to beat Wallace again. Ballymena had now apparently got into their stride, and in the subsequent play Broadway's citadel had several narrow escapes.

Ballymena were still having the better of the argument, and when McNinch placed a 'free' well into the Broadway goal McCambridge deflected the ball into the net, but the point was disallowed on the plea of 'offside'. In the course of further play in the Broadway end Nicholl was injured and had to be assisted off, leaving the visitors to fight it out with ten men.

Ballymena's superiority was even more marked after this, and they had many a spell of attack; but fourteen minutes from time Broadway's forwards came away and a nice piece of play finished up with Lynn heading over Gough's fingers to reduce the lead.

The visitors showed up somewhat better after this, and wore more frequently seen in the home end. John Reid had taken up the centre forward position at this stage vice Gilmore, who fell back to right half, and when he got the ball through between the Broadway backs about three minutes from the end Mitchell rushed in and beat Wallace all the way with a high shot.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (18 January 1929)

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