Ballymena United 0 - 2 Glenavon

League - NIFL Premiership
Tuesday, November 10th, 2020, 7:45 PM at Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 600
Referee: Jamie Robinson
Ballymena United  Glenavon

None. Matthew Fitzpatrick (13)
Greg Moorhouse (90)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Gary Hamilton

Starting Eleven
Jordan Williamson
Jonathan Addis
Joshua Kelly
Ross Redman
Trai Hume
Jude Winchester
Leroy Millar
Ryan Harpur
Paul McElroy
Ryan Waide
Shay McCartan
Jonathan Tuffey
Daniel Larmour
Colin Coates
Daniel Purkis
Peter Campbell
Matthew Snoddy
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Conor McCloskey
James Singleton
Robert Garrett
Sean Ward

Ross Glendinning
Jim Ervin
Joshua Kelly
Kofi Balmer
Tony Kane
Joseph McCready
Kenneth Kane
Calum Birney
Conan Byrne
Andrew Hall
Greg Moorhouse
Aaron Harmon
Michael O'Connor
Jack O'Mahony

Joseph McCready for Ryan Waide (46)
Joshua Kelly for Ross Redman (65)
Tony Kane for Ryan Harpur (82)
Greg Moorhouse for Matthew Fitzpatrick (71)
Michael O'Connor for Robert Garrett (81)
Jack O'Mahony for Peter Campbell (90)

Ryan Harpur (33)
Daniel Larmour (58)
Robert Garrett (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jordan Williamson (GK) 17 apps -
Jonathan Addis 83 apps5 goals
Ross Redman 5 apps -
Trai Hume 4 apps -
Joshua Kelly 35 apps2 goals
Jude Winchester 67 apps8 goals
Leroy Millar 171 apps25 goals
Ryan Harpur 30 apps2 goals
Shay McCartan 5 apps -
Paul McElroy 5 apps2 goals
Ryan Waide 5 apps -
Tony Kane (sub) 344 apps48 goals
Joshua Kelly (sub) 35 apps2 goals
Joseph McCready (sub) 7 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Trai Hume (18 years 242 days)
Oldest Player:Ryan Harpur (31 years 352 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 278 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Trai Hume (18 years 242 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Ervin (35 years 167 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 199 days
Domestic Players:17 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

BALLYMENA United suffered their fourth straight league defeat after a 2-0 loss at home to Glenavon on Tuesday night.

United made one change from Saturday for the first midweek game of the season, with a switch in goal as Jordan Williamson replaced Ross Glendinning.

The opening few minutes were at best scrappy with both sides struggling to keep the ball, but it was Glenavon who found their stride quicker and they took the lead on 13 minutes. In no time at all from a throw in the visitors had the ball in the box and a tidy one-two between Peter Campbell and Matthew Fitzpatrick ended with the latter tucking the ball away from six yards out.

It would've been 2-0 two minutes later but for the heroics of Williamson. First the 'keeper denied Fitzpatrick, with the rebound falling to Daniel Purkis, but he was denied by a stunning reaction save.

It took 19 minutes for the hosts to cause Glenavon any real concern, but the first real well crafted Sky Blue attack ended with Jude Winchester showing some tidy footwork on the edge of the box before firing over.

As the half moved on Ballymena were able to wrestle back a good deal of the possession, but created little with it. However they almost equalised when a Trai Hume cross took a huge deflection and forced Jonny Tuffey to block the ball on the line with his shins. Towards the end of the half a neat flick on by Leroy Millar in the box found Winchester who was denied from close range by a timely defensive clearance, before Ciaran Kelly narrowly missed connecting with a header from the corner, as a half bereathed of chances and real quality ended 0-1.

Joe McCready replaced Ryan Waide at half-time for the Braidmen to offer a shake up of the forward line, but within two minutes it was The Lurgan Blues with a good chance when Conor McCloskey had players lining up at the back post for his cross, but Robert Garrett miscued his shot.

Arguably Ballymena's best chance of the game fell on the hour mark when good play from Shay McCartan saw him win a free kick right on the edge of the box. McCartan took it himself, but could only fire narrowly over.

Following that chance Glenavon began to apply pressure on United and Williamson was called into action to deny Fitzpatrick once and Purkis twice inside six minutes. In the final 15 minutes The Sky Blues upped it for the first time in the half, but again caused Tuffey little cause for concern, bar the 'keeper have to parry over a cross/shot from Millar.

The final 5 minutes saw a string of United corners that came to very little, mainly down to good defending from the away side, and in three minutes of added on time Glenavon sealed their first win of the season with a second. A clearance from halfway by McCloskey fell to sub Greg Moorhouse who managed to stay onside and with only Williamson to beat he easily slotted home the visitor's second.

Match report written by Philip McPeake

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Linfield 4 4 0 0 12 5 7 12
2. Crusaders 5 4 0 1 8 3 5 12
3. Larne 5 3 2 0 8 2 6 11
4. Cliftonville 5 3 0 2 8 3 5 9
5. Coleraine 5 2 1 2 9 7 2 7
6. Glenavon 5 1 3 1 9 9 0 6
7. Warrenpoint Town 5 1 2 2 4 6 -2 5
8. Dungannon Swifts 5 1 2 2 2 6 -4 5
9. Portadown 5 1 1 3 7 12 -5 4
10. Carrick Rangers 5 1 1 3 6 11 -5 4
11. Ballymena United 5 1 0 4 4 11 -7 3
12. Glentoran 4 0 2 2 2 4 -2 2
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