Ballymena United 0 - 2 Odd BK

UEFA Europa League - 1st Qual. Rnd - Leg 2
Thursday, July 6th, 2017, 7:45 PM at Seaview
Attendance: 1,792
Referee: Radek Příhoda (Czech Republic)
Ballymena United  Odd BK

Goalscorers
None. Leroy Millar (o.g.) (79)
Sigurd Haugen (88)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Dag-Eilev Fagermo

Starting Eleven
Ross Glendinning
Andrew Burns
Emmet Friars
Jonathan Flynn
Tony Kane
Conor McCloskey
Leroy Millar
Michael Gault
Cathair Friel
Joseph McKinney
Kevin Braniff
Sondre Rossbach
Espen Ruud
Martin Broberg
Jone Samuelsen
Olivier Occean
Fredrik Nordkvelle
Fredrik Semb Berge
Fredrik Oldrup Jensen
Steffen Hagen
John Kitelano
Pape Pate Diouf

Substitutes
Tim Allen
Caolan Loughran
Steven McCullough
Eoin Kane
Jonathan McMurray
Matthew Shevlin
Neil Lowry
Viljar Rosholt Myhra
Vegard Bergan
Oliver Berg
Torbjorn Adgestein
Stefan Mladenovic
Sigurd Haugen
Riku Riski

Substitutions
Jonathan McMurray for Cathair Friel (72)
Neil Lowry for Conor McCloskey (84)
Tim Allen for Ross Glendinning (89)
Riku Riski for Pape Pate Diouf (63)
Sigurd Haugen for Martin Broberg (77)
Torbjorn Adgestein for Olivier Occean (82)

Bookings
Michael Gault (43)
Cathair Friel (54)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ross Glendinning (GK) 32 apps -
Andrew Burns 1 app (debut) -
Tony Kane 235 apps33 goals
Jonathan Flynn 38 apps3 goals
Emmet Friars 2 apps -
Conor McCloskey 34 apps6 goals
Leroy Millar 61 apps2 goals
Michael Gault 2 apps -
Joseph McKinney 17 apps1 goal
Cathair Friel 47 apps23 goals
Kevin Braniff 12 apps3 goals
Tim Allen (sub) (GK) 19 apps -
Jonathan McMurray (sub) 44 apps17 goals
Neil Lowry (sub) 65 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Leroy Millar (21 years 314 days)
Oldest Player:Kevin Braniff (34 years 133 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 173 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Matthew Shevlin (18 years 216 days)
Oldest Player:Kevin Braniff (34 years 133 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 196 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

ODDS Ballklubb ended Ballymena's European adventure with a 2-0 win for the Norwegians at Seaview.

Ballymena had it all to do after last week's first leg in Skien when they fell to a 3-0 defeat.

Both sides started brightly in front of a large crowd in Belfast as a long up field ball found Cathair Friel who cut is back to Conor McCloskey, but his dangerous cross wasn't met by anyone in the 6 yard box. The visitors got their first chance when Jone Samuelsen had a go from distance, but his shot was straight at Ross Glendinning. The Sky Blue 'keeper was called into action again on 8 minutes when an Emmett Friars mistake allowed Olivier Occean in on goal, but Glendinning thwarted him with his legs.

On 10 minutes came Ballymena's best chance of the game. Joe McKinney flicked the ball into the path of Kevin Braniff and his stinging half volley was tipped round the post by Odds stopper Sondre Rossbach.

From the corner the ball came out to Aaron Burns, but from all of 30 yards his attempt finished up closer to the railway track than the goal.

With just over 15 minutes gone Odds were presented another chance from a free kick, but full back Espen Ruud's low effort was easily stopped by Glendinning. Ballymena's Johnny Flynn almost turned the ball into his own net soon after when a pacy ball from John Kitlano caused problems, but Flynn's clearance went for a corner.

On the half hour mark Fredrik Semb Berge could've and probably should've done better when he rose highest but headed wide from a corner. 2 minutes from the break Michael Gault was harshly booked for kicking the ball away after a foul, and from the resulting free kick Pape Pate Diouf slipped whilst shooting, making the following save simple for Glendinning as United went into the break level.

In the second half the visitors fitness levels told as United struggled to get much of the ball with Odds happy to easily control possession. Just 4 minutes into the half Odds should've taken the lead on the night when Occean was handed a chance from well inside the box, but unmarked he failed to connect with the ball and Glendinning cleared.

54 minutes in Friel was booked for dissent after strangely being penalised for an apparent handball and by this stage the Czech referee wasn't making friends with the Sky Blue fans. It was from a free kick that Odds went close again as they continued to apply pressure. Martin Broberg's cross found the head of Occean but he sent the ball over the bar. Next to go close for the away side was Fredrik Nordkvelle. The midfielder displayed some fancy footwork but his shot was blocked by United's captain Tony Kane.

Inside the final 20 minutes Ballymena displayed their best move of the match which eventually saw Andrew Burns get a chance, but instead of shooting he played in Braniff who was offside. On 79 minutes Odds did take the lead on the night. A corner was unfortunate to come off the head of Leroy Millar in a sea of players and into his own goal as Ballymena got unlucky after a resilient performance.

Inside the final 10 minutes substitute Neil Lowry did well to work a chance for himself but his shot on the turn went just wide. With 2 minutes left Odds doubled their advantage and made it 5-0 on aggregate. Substitute Riku Riski beat the offside trap and played in Odds captain Steffen Hagen who tapped into the empty goal to please the small yet boisterous Odds supporters.
In added time Ballymena took of Glendinning to replace him with Tim Allen and with virtually the last kick of the game Kane lined up a trademark free kick but could only fire over as Ballymena exited the Europa League.

Ballymena United travel to Tillysburn Park to play Harland & Wolff Welders in a pre-season friendly game on Saturday 22nd July, kicking off at 3:00pm.

Match report written by Phillip McPeake



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