Malmo 7
Ballymena United 0
UEFA Europa League (1st Qual. Rnd - Leg 1)


7 - 0

Ballymena United

UEFA Europa League (1st Qual. Rnd - Leg 1)
Thursday, July 11th, 2019
Malmo Stadium
Attendance: 8,667
7:00 PM Kick-off

Markus Rosenberg (31)
Markus Rosenberg (33)
Erdal Rakip (44)
Franz Brorsson (46)
Markus Rosenberg (48)
Guillermo Molins (54)
Erdal Rakip (74)

Team Managers
Uwe Rosler David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
Johan Dahlin
Behrang Safari
Soren Rieks
Oscar Lewicki
Fouad Bachirou
Markus Rosenberg
Guillermo Molins
Erdal Rakip
Lasse Nielsen
Franz Brorsson
Jo Inge Berget
Ross Glendinning .1
Kofi Balmer .19
Jim Ervin .21
Tony Kane .2
Steven McCullough .11
Scot Whiteside .5
Declan Carville .16
Jude Winchester .20
Andrew McGrory .17
Leroy Millar .23
Adam Lecky .22

Dusan Melicharek
Eric Larsson
Arnor Ingci Traustason
Andres Christiansen
Bonke Innocent
Marcus Antonsson
Thomas McDermott .18
Andrew Burns .14
Ryan Harpur .8
Ross Lavery .28
Ryan Mayse .6
Shane McGinty .7
Cathair Friel .9

Eric Larsson for Jo Inge Berget (59)
Marcus Antonsson for Markus Rosenberg (59)
Bonke Innocent for Fouad Bachirou (69)
Andrew Burns for Declan Carville (51)
Cathair Friel for Adam Lecky (72)
Shane McGinty for Jude Winchester (75)

None. Kofi Balmer (82)
Cathair Friel (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Igor Pajac (Croatia) (Referee)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United managed to hold Malmo FF at bay for 30 minutes, before the Swedish side showed what they're capable of with 7 goals in the next hour.

When you go into a game against a side who are on a long unbeaten stretch, you know you're always going to find it tough, but when it's against a side with great European pedigree, it's not just an uphill battle - it's like climbing Everest.

Both sides had good chances to open the scoring in the first half hour, Guillermo Molins striking the bar with a thundering long range shot for the home side, while chances came and went for United with Adam Lecky unable to reach a Steven McCullough cross after good work from Jude Winchester, and Jude Winchester himself firing a shot towards goal, Malmo 'keeper Johan Dahlin making the save.

Just after the half hour mark had passed, Markus Rosenberg fired two goals past Ross Glendinning in the space of 3 minutes, with Erdal Rakip firing another in just before half-time to make it 3-0 to the hosts.

If the visitors thought Malmo would take their foot off the gas after the break, they were to be proven very wrong. The lead was extended moments into the second half when Franz Brorsson grabbed a goal, before Rosenberg grabbed his hat-trick on 48 minutes with an easy finish inside the box. After striking the bar in the first half, Molins did manage a goal with a volleyed effort on 54 minutes.

Over the next 20 minutes the play was broken up a bit as the home side made 3 substitutions, while Cathair Friel came on to replace Lecky, but the game wasn't over yet as Rakip finished off a classy attack from the Swedes to make it 7-0.

At the full time whistle, the visiting Sky Blues walked around the ground applauding both sets of fans, who reciprocated with their own applause and songs, and it didn't go unmissed by the managers, as David Jeffrey described the appreciation of the home support as phenomenal and Malmo FF manager Uwe Rosler commented on the classy show of respect by United, calling it a wonderful gesture.

Match report written by Paul Irwin

Squad Statistics (as at July 11th, 2019)

2019-2020 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)26 3 - 113 -
Kofi Balmer18 3 - 664
Jim Ervin34 3 - 2203
Tony Kane31 3 - 31946
Steven McCullough24 3 - 865
Scot Whiteside22 3 - 35 -
Declan Carville29 3 - 3 -
Jude Winchester26 31386
Andrew McGrory27 1 - 3710
Leroy Millar23 3113419
Adam Lecky28 3 - 4617
Andrew Burns (sub)27 2 - 372
Shane McGinty (sub)25 1 - 223
Cathair Friel (sub)26 3 - 12758

League Table (as at July 11th, 2019)

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No games played.