Ballymena United 5
Harland and Wolff Welders 0
County Antrim Shield (Round 1)


Ballymena United
5 - 0
HW Welders 

County Antrim Shield (Round 1)
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Ballymena Showgrounds
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Reece Glendinning (36)
Adam Lecky (49)
Tony Kane (pen.) (51)
James Knowles (59)
Adam Lecky (77)
None.

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Norman Kelly

Starting Eleven
1. Ross Glendinning
24. Reece Glendinning
3. Conor Quigley
4. Jonathan Addis
2. Tony Kane
5. Scot Whiteside
19. Kofi Balmer
23. Leroy Millar
10. James Knowles
9. Cathair Friel
22. Adam Lecky
Matthew Anderson .1
Karl Hamill .2
William Armstrong .3
Scott McMillan .4
Gary Spence .5
Charlie Dornan .6
Jack O'Mahony .7
Craig Harris .8
David Graham .9
Lukas Gwiazda .10
Ryan Deans .11

Bench
25. Ben McCauley
14. Andrew Burns
21. Jim Ervin
6. Ryan Mayse
17. Andrew McGrory
12. William Faulkner
15. Francis Nolan
Ross Arthurs .12
Adam Bolton .14
Lewis Irwin .15
Alex McIlmail .16
Bryce Stockman .17

Substitutions
Ryan Mayse for Cathair Friel (72)
Francis Nolan for James Knowles (72)
Andrew Burns for Kofi Balmer (74)
Ross Arthurs for Lukas Gwiazda (45)
Adam Bolton for Charlie Dornan (66)
Alex McIlmail for Jack O'Mahony (81)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tony Clarke (Referee)
Stephen Donaldson & Andrew Neeson (Assistants)




Match Report


A second half blitz from Ballymena United helped complete a 5-0 win over Harland & Wolff Welders in the first round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield on Tuesday evening.

After the weather got the better of the original date for the game in September, it was the second meeting between the sides at The Showgrounds in a week. And just like 7 days ago there was little to split the sides early on. United had the larger share of possession but a first real chance didn't arrive until 11 minutes in. Captain for the night Tony Kane played in Cathair Friel but he was denied by a fine save from young Welders 'keeper Matthew Anderson.

In what was to become surely Adam Lecky's best game to date for United, the big forward glanced a near post header wide before Tony Kane sent a free kick from 25 yards just over. With 28 minutes gone David Graham pounced on a mistake by Kofi Balmer with Balmer bringing The Welders man down on the edge of the box. Graham took the resulting free kick which flew inches wide of the post in the away side's best chance of the half.

Ballymena's patient play in the opening half hour was rewarded on 36 minutes when Reece Glendinning broke the deadlock. United's wide man cut inside from the right before curling an unstoppable effort home past Anderson from outside the box for Glendinning's second of the season.

Jonny Addis impressed on his return from injury and after embarking on a run with the ball into the opposition's box he teed up Glendinning but this time Anderson won their battle, making a good save. Just before the break The Welders went close to grabbing an equaliser when Luckas Gwiazda put a free header wide from a corner as the hosts ended the half narrowly ahead.

The second half produced some of United's best football this season and it took just 4 minutes for The Braidmen to find a second goal. Conor Quigley did well to find James Knowles, with his shot deflecting straight into the path of Adam Lecky who calmly and neatly finished from close range.

Within 2 minutes United had a chance for a third when Leroy Millar refused to give up on a loose ball before being brought down in the box by 'keeper Anderson. Tony Kane took responsibility for the spot kick and made no mistake, placing the ball down the middle to widen the gap to 3-0.

United's incredibly clinical start to the half showed no sign of stopping as Knowles made it 4-0 before the hour mark. Friel did well all on his own down the right hand side before he found James Knowles just inside the box and his beautifully controlled effort went through a sea of bodies before finding the net.

The Welders simply couldn't get any hold in the half as Friel headed a free kick just wide before the forward produced a sublime back heel flick that was blocked on the line from a short corner. The visitors were still after a consolation goal and had chances when sub Ross Arthurs flashed a shot just wide before the same man was denied by Ross Glendinning inside the six yard box.

With 13 minutes left Adam Lecky netted his second and Ballymena's fifth. Kane had time to pick out Lecky from wide and the forward made no mistake in heading home at the back post.

Full of confidence, Lecky produced the move of the match with numerous pieces of trickery in one move before getting on the end of a Glendinning cross and heading narrowly over. Sub Ryan Mayse almost got in on the act after another corner routine but he was denied by another good save from Anderson. Lecky would find the net for a third time late on but he was denied a deserved hat-trick by the offside flag, as United eased into the quarter finals with a good nights work.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (www.ballymenaunitedfc.com)



Squad Statistics (as at October 16th, 2018)


2018-2019 All Time
Age
Ross Glendinning (GK)25 12 - 84 -
Tony Kane31 9328744
Conor Quigley20 41171
Reece Glendinning23 5252
Jonathan Addis26 101101
Scot Whiteside21 10 - 10 -
Kofi Balmer18 8 - 393
James Knowles25 104104
Leroy Millar23 10310211
Cathair Friel25 869846
Adam Lecky27 103103
Andrew Burns (sub)26 5 - 291
Ryan Mayse (sub)24 133133
Francis Nolan (sub)18 1 - 3 -



League Table (as at October 16th, 2018)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 11 8 3 0 27
2. Glenavon 10 8 1 1 25
3. Crusaders 11 6 1 4 19
4. BALLYMENA UTD 10 5 2 3 17
5. Coleraine 10 3 6 1 15
6. Glentoran 10 4 3 3 15
7. Cliftonville 10 4 2 4 14
8. Institute 11 3 2 6 11
9. Warrenpoint Town 11 3 2 6 11
10. Newry 11 2 2 7 8
11. Ards 11 1 3 7 6
12. Dungannon Swifts 10 1 3 6 6