Ballymena United 2
Glentoran 1
League (NIFL Premiership)

Ballymena United
2 - 1

League (NIFL Premiership)
Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 1,205
7:45 PM Kick-off

Andrew McGrory (26)
Tony Kane (pen.) (74)
Curtis Allen (54)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Ronnie McFall

Starting Eleven
18. Thomas McDermott
2. Tony Kane
11. Steven McCullough
5. Scot Whiteside
14. Andrew Burns
21. Jim Ervin
23. Leroy Millar
20. Jude Winchester
17. Andrew McGrory
27. Jonathan McMurray
22. Adam Lecky
Elliott Morris .1
William Garrett .2
Marcus Kane .3
Calum Birney .5
Christopher Gallagher .6
Curtis Allen .9
Robbie McDaid .11
Nathan Kerr .15
Connor Pepper .16
Joe Crowe .21
Ross Redman .23

25. Ben McCauley
19. Kofi Balmer
24. Reece Glendinning
10. James Knowles
15. Francis Nolan
9. Cathair Friel
16. Matthew Shevlin
Dwayne Nelson .18
Peter McMahon .7
Dylan Davidson .14
Steven Gordon .22
James Ferrin .24
James McCarthy .25
Paul O'Neill .26

Cathair Friel for Jonathan McMurray (67)
James Knowles for Jude Winchester (76)
Matthew Shevlin for Adam Lecky (80)
Peter McMahon for Robbie McDaid (57)
Dylan Davidson for William Garrett (80)

Leroy Millar (42)
Tony Kane (74)
Ross Redman (74)
Christopher Gallagher (89)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Lee Tavinder (Referee)
Stephen Bell & Paul Robinson (Assistants)
Steven Gregg (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A Tony Kane penalty helped Ballymena United secure a 2-1 win over Glentoran to move into second spot in the Danske Bank Premiership.

United welcomed The Glens to The Showgrounds for the second meeting between the sides in 10 days as Ballymena looked to take their unbeaten run to 12 games.

Neither side really got going from the off as the first 20 minutes were a bit of a scrappy affair. After a couple of shots from both sides that didn't threaten the goal, it took until the 12th minute for either 'keeper to have any real cause for concern. From a quick United free kick, Leroy Millar crossed for Johnny McMurray, but from inside the 6 yard box he couldn't sort his feet out.

McMurray was involved in most of Ballymena's early chances as he dragged a shot well wide before having another effort from the edge of the box deflect narrowly wide. The first save made by Elliott Morris came from the resulting corner. Millar's set piece fell to Scot Whiteside at the back post, but he was denied by Morris who made himself big at the back post.

On 25 minutes The Braidmen broke the deadlock. After a quick throw-in, Steven McCullough delivered an inch-perfect cross into the box and it was put home at the back post by the arriving Andrew McGrory, for his 4th goal of the season.

Ballymena looked a little more dangerous going forward than the visitors, but outside of a few chances for the hosts the goal was all their was to split the sides. The closest Glentoran came to scoring came from an error by United's stopper Thomas McDermott. The 'keeper failed to deal with an awkward ball, spilling it right into the path of Curtis Allen, who didn't have much time to react and the ball hit him and then the side netting.

On 32 minutes Morris was called into action again. Adam Lecky knocked the ball down for McMurray but from 8 yards out his shot was straight at Morris. Towards the end of the half Glentoran had a couple more long range efforts that failed to trouble McDermott, whilst at the other end Jude Winchester ended a lovely team move by firing over before McMurray also blasted high after some good solo play as United took a slender lead to the break.

The second half got off to an arguably slower start than the first as Ballymena struggled to find their feet. 9 minutes in The Glens found an equaliser through their talisman Allen. Ross Redman had time to ready a cross from the left, and Curtis Allen showed great movement to come from behind his marker to head home.

5 minutes after the goal Allen almost put Glentoran ahead. Nathan Kerr's cross from the right found Allen but he could only turn the ball wide from close range. 20 minutes of the half passed with both teams showing no real signs of grabbing hold of the game, with United replacing McMurray with Cathair Friel to try and inject something into the game.

It seemed that if a 3rd goal was going to arrive, a set piece was its most likely route, but Kane could only send a free kick from the edge of the box over the bar. With 73 minutes played, Ballymena were awarded a penalty as Friel was brought down inside the box by William Garrett. Tony Kane stepped up to take the spot kick and made no mistake, sending Morris the wrong way as The Sky Blues regained the lead.

The final 15 minutes were uncomfortable for Ballymena as Glentoran went in search of a second equaliser. Substitute Peter McMahon was given space and time to turn in the box but put the ball just wide of the near post. Despite a bit of Glens pressure in the closing stages, McDermott wasn't overly troubled, with the best chance following to Allen after Kerr picked him out, but it was an easy save for McDermott as United saw out the game.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (

Squad Statistics (as at November 20th, 2018)

2018-2019 All Time
Thomas McDermott (GK)20 3 - 4 -
Tony Kane31 17429545
Scot Whiteside21 17 - 17 -
Andrew Burns26 6 - 301
Steven McCullough24 172573
Jim Ervin33 14 - 1912
Andrew McGrory26 185185
Jude Winchester25 151151
Leroy Millar23 18411012
Adam Lecky27 174174
Jonathan McMurray24 1227829
James Knowles (sub)25 174174
Cathair Friel (sub)25 16810648
Matthew Shevlin (sub)19 3 - 7314

League Table (as at November 20th, 2018)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 16 10 4 2 34
2. BALLYMENA UTD 16 10 3 3 33
3. Glenavon 15 10 2 3 32
4. Crusaders 16 9 1 6 28
5. Cliftonville 15 8 2 5 26
6. Coleraine 15 6 7 2 25
7. Glentoran 16 5 4 7 19
8. Institute 16 5 2 9 17
9. Warrenpoint Town 16 3 5 8 14
10. Dungannon 15 2 6 7 12
11. Newry 16 3 2 11 11
12. Ards 16 2 4 10 10