Ballymena 1 - 3 Glenavon

City Cup Match
Monday, April 21st, 1930, 3:00 PM at Ballymena Showgrounds
Ballymena  Glenavon

Goalscorers
John Murphy (pen.) (75)
Madill
Bingham
Kerr

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
John Gough
Alfred Basnett
Gordon McDairmid
John McNinch
David Reid
Sidney Howard
James O'Reilly
Jamie Shiels
John Murphy
Jonathan Dalrymple
Thomas Kilpatrick
Pete McMahon
Harry Maxwell
Mick Hoy
McBride
Harold Tilly
George Silcock
W. Kerr
Owen McCahill
Bingham
Gerry McCourt
Madill

Ballymena's defeat by Glenavon on Monday was on all fours with their defeat by Ards on Christmas Day. It was, without doubt, the scrappiest match of the season, little or no good football being seen.

The home front rank was lamentably weak, chiefly due to the incompetence of the inside forwards, who never pulled together at all.

In fact, the whole team, with very few exceptions, put up a sorry show, so that it was no wonder the crowd heaved a sigh of relief when the match was over.

Ballymena fielded the same team that defeated Newry, but, strange to say, it was no manner of use against Glenavon.

The visitors positioned far better than the home team, were quicker on the ball, and exercised far more judgement in working up their attacks. They were easily the better team on the day's display, and thoroughly deserved their victory.

The first goal came at the end of forty minutes, when Madill scored from Kerr's pass, after Reid had failed to get the ball away.

All the efforts of the Ballymena forwards to get on even terms were nullified by the splendid Glenavon defence, Hoy in particular playing a rattling good game, and McMahon being safe in goal.

Eight minutes after the resumption Bingham put Glenavon further ahead. Ballymena shared a good deal of the play, but faulty finishing spoiled any chances they had of scoring.

With only fifteen minutes to go, Murphy worked his way through the defence and looked like scoring when he was fouled inside the penalty area. From the spot kick he drove the ball straight and true into the net. Five minutes later Kerr scored Glenavon's third.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (25 April 1930)

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