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Ballymena United

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Brandywell Stadium
Attendance: 220
3:00 PM Kick-off

Aaron McGurk (18) Jonathan Addis (70)

Team Managers
Sean Connor David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
31. Rory Brown
4. Caoimhin Bonner
5. Dean Curry
8. Niall Grace
15. Conor Tourish
16. Gareth Brown
19. Joseph McCready
24. Aidan McCauley
29. Graham Crown
30. Shane McNamee
33. Aaron McGurk
Ross Glendinning .1
Kofi Balmer .19
Steven McCullough .11
Jim Ervin .21
Jonathan Addis .4
Jude Winchester .20
Ryan Mayse .6
Declan Carville .16
Andrew McGrory .17
Leroy Millar .23
Joshua Kelly .26

21. Paul Wells
3. Colm McLaughlin
7. Jamie Dunne
17. Jamie McIntyre
20. Brendan McLaughlin
28. Shaun Leppard
32. Cormac Burke
Jordan Williamson .31
Andrew Burns .14
Scot Whiteside .5
Ross Lavery .28
Shane McGinty .7
Ryan Harpur .8
Kenny Kane .12

Cormac Burke for Shane McNamee (55)
Colm McLaughlin for Gareth Brown (80)
Brendan McLaughlin for Aidan McCauley (90)
Shane McGinty for Jude Winchester (80)
Kenny Kane for Ryan Mayse (87)

Aidan McCauley (41)
Niall Grace (65)
Conor Tourish (72)
Graham Crown (90)
Jonathan Addis (73)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Shane Andrews (Referee)
Gavin Hegarty & Bogdan Sfirloaga (Assistants)
Declan Hassan (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Jonathan Addis scored the equaliser as Ballymena United were held to a 1-1 draw by Institute at The Brandywell this afternoon.

With plenty of injuries still to contend with, United were unchanged from the side that beat Cliftonville a week ago as they prepared to face an Institute side who picked up their first win of the season last week. The Sky Blues started reasonably well in a wet Londonderry, with Jonny Addis heading a decent chance over from a corner. Shortly after the opening chance a flowing team move ended with Declan Carville putting Josh Kelly through on the wing and his cross fell to Ryan Mayse who saw his shot deflect narrowly wide.

After that bright opening 10 minutes Ballymena struggled to kick on and make inroads going forward, but they were still able to create some big chances, none bigger than the one that fell to Mayse. Kofi Balmer delivered a perfect cross for a totally unmarked Mayse at the back post, but somehow he headed wide.

Institute were showing signs of threatening the Braidmen's goal and on 18 minutes it was the hosts who went ahead. A long ball was floated into the Ballymena box and after Jude Winchester failed to clear, the ball fell to Aaron McGurk, who finished well into the top corner from just inside the box for his first senior goal.

Chances were few and far between for the remainder of the half as both teams lacked the quality in the final third to trouble either goalkeeper. Winchester teed up Carville for a chance but slightly on the turn he fired well wide, before the same man headed a great opening wide at the end of the half. In between those Carville chances Addis picked out Carville who chested the ball into the path of Mayse, but his goal bound shot was blocked by Caoimhin Bonner, as another frustrating half for Ballymena saw them trail at the break.

After a slow start to the second half Ballymena went close on 53 minutes when Carville laid off Mayse for a difficult to execute volley that went just wide and minutes later McCullough fired wide from outside the box. By the hour mark it was all United possession wise, but some laboured play going forward meant that possession didn't always bring chances. Stute, more than happy to let their attacks come on the counter, tested Ross Glendinning with a low effort via Joe McCready, but Glendinning comfortable saved.

With 20 minutes left Ballymena levelled the scores. A corner in from McCullough was met at the near post by Jonathan Addis who headed home for his second of the season.

Now level, United would've hoped to kick on in search of a winner but it didn't really materialise as they failed to create anything of note until added time. If anything, the hosts looked likely to score the game's third goal, with the closest they came a rifled shot from McCready that Glendinning had to turn over. United turned to Shane McGinty and Kenny Kane late in the day from the bench and in added time Leroy Millar saw a powerful shot blocked by Bonner, before McCullough sent an effort over with the last kick of the game, leaving United surely with a feeling of two points dropped rather than one gained.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (

Squad Statistics (as at October 5th, 2019)

2019-2020 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)26 13 - 123 -
Jim Ervin34 14 - 2313
Jonathan Addis27 102525
Steven McCullough25 15 - 985
Kofi Balmer19 13 - 764
Andrew McGrory27 1254815
Joshua Kelly20 6 - 6 -
Declan Carville29 131131
Leroy Millar24 16214720
Ryan Mayse25 11 - 417
Jude Winchester26 123478
Shane McGinty (sub)25 11 - 323
Kenny Kane (sub)20 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at October 5th, 2019)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Crusaders 10 8 1 1 25
2. Coleraine 10 5 5 0 20
3. Cliftonville 10 6 1 3 19
4. Larne 9 4 3 2 15
5. Linfield 7 5 0 2 15
6. BALLYMENA UTD 9 4 3 2 15
7. Glentoran 10 4 2 4 14
8. Dungannon 10 4 2 4 14
9. Glenavon 9 2 1 6 7
10. Carrick 9 2 0 7 6
11. Institute 10 1 2 7 5
12. Warrenpoint Town 9 1 0 8 3