Mark Kelly - Player Profile

Full Name:Mark Kelly
Born:February 23rd, 1990 (Antrim)
Signed:January 8th, 2014
First Manager:Glenn Ferguson
Left Club:May 31st, 2014
Career Stats: 6 appearances, 1 goals
Debut (as sub): February 15th, 2014 - Ballymena United 2 - 2 Coleraine (League - NIFL Premiership)
Full Debut: March 29th, 2014 - Ballymena United 1 - 2 Dungannon Swifts (League - NIFL Premiership)
First Goal: April 5th, 2014 - Queens University 0 - 3 Ballymena United (Irish Cup - Semi final)
Also Played For:Ards, Ballyclare Comrades, Chimney Corner, Institute

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 2013-2014  NIFL Premiership 2 (4) 1 0.17 0 0 33.3% 50.0% 16.7%
2 (4) 1 0.17

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Apr 12th, 2014 League  (A)  vs. Coleraine 1 - 1
 Mar 29th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 1 - 2
 Most Recent Goals:
 Apr 5th, 2014 Irish Cup  (N)  vs. Queens University 3 - 0

Local lad Mark Kelly, only appeared on the scene in February 2014 and disappeared just as quickly despite scoring in an Irish Cup semi-final in-between for the Sky Blues.

Formerly a pupil of St. Louis Grammar where he had scored the winning goal in the 2007 School’s Cup final. Mark had appeared for Chimney Corner before a soccer scholarship in Denver, Colorado. The burly striker had also had a short spell with Institute in 2011, but the majority of his formative sporting years were spent playing Gaelic football.

Mark’s coach in Colorado was none other than former United Irish Cup winner Tony McCall, who alerted his brother Joe (United’s Head of Youth Development) and after joining in January 2014, an impressive cameo off the bench away against Coleraine in February 2014 was a positive first impression for Kelly. Despite not forcing his way into Ferguson’s starting eleven during the second half of the 2013/2014 season, he wrote his name in the history books with an Irish Cup semi-final goal against Queen’s University at the Oval – the third in a 3-0 win.

Kelly wasn’t included in the panel for the 2014 Irish Cup final, and despite the manager’s attempts to retain him – he was released in August 2014 and subsequently moved to England, drifting out of football altogether after only half a dozen appearances for United and one memorable goal.

Last updated: 19 March 2017

 Goals Scored
Apr 5th, 2014 Irish Cup  (N)  vs. Queens University 3 - 0 (89')