Glentoran 3
Ballymena United 1
League (NIFL Premiership)


3 - 1

Ballymena United

League (NIFL Premiership)
Friday, October 25th, 2019
The Oval
Attendance: 1,787
7:45 PM Kick-off

Hrvoje Plum (51)
Robbie McDaid (58)
Marcus Kane (82)
Cathair Friel (45)

Team Managers
Mick McDermott David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
30. Marijan Antolovic
3. Marcus Kane
4. Gavin Peers
6. Christopher Gallagher
11. Robbie McDaid
15. Patrick McClean
16. Connor Pepper
21. Joe Crowe
26. Paul O'Neill
27. Hrvoje Plum
33. Elvio Van Overbeek
Ross Glendinning .1
Jonathan Addis .4
Andrew Burns .14
Jim Ervin .21
Steven McCullough .11
Leroy Millar .23
Ryan Harpur .8
Jude Winchester .20
Joshua Kelly .26
Andrew McGrory .17
Cathair Friel .9

1. Elliott Morris
7. Jonathan Frazer
8. John Herron
10. Darren Murray
14. Cameron Stewart
19. Navid Nasseri
22. Steven Gordon
Jordan Williamson .31
Kofi Balmer .19
Ross Lavery .28
Ryan Mayse .6
Shane McGinty .7
Declan Carville .16
Kenny Kane .12

Navid Nasseri for Joe Crowe (53)
Cameron Stewart for Paul O'Neill (69)
Jonathan Frazer for Elvio Van Overbeek (87)
Shane McGinty for Jude Winchester (65)
Ryan Mayse for Andrew Burns (79)

Robbie McDaid (35)
Connor Pepper (45)
Marijan Antolovic (45)
Steven McCullough (16)
Andrew Burns (23)
Jim Ervin (74)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Tim Marshall (Referee)
David Anderson & Adam Jeffrey (Assistants)
Evan Boyce (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A trio of second half Glentoran goals saw Ballymena United fall to a 3-1 defeat in a disappointing night at The Oval.

In their second trip to Belfast in six days, United made two changes to the side that lost to Linfield with Andrew Burns and Cathair Friel replacing Scot Whiteside and Kenny Kane.

Neither side set the world alight in East Belfast in the cagey opening exchanges. The first effort of the game didn't come until the 13th minute when Marcus Kane spun Leroy Millar in the middle and found Robbie McDaid who shot just wide. From there it was the Glens seeing most of the ball as the Sky Blues were forced to play a lot of the half without the ball, but both teams continued to be careless in possession. Either side of the half hour mark Ross Glendinning comfortably gathered a couple of shots from outside the box, first from Elvio Van Overbeek and then Paul O'Neill.

Ballymena's first chance of note didn't come until the 33rd minute, with Josh Kelly picking out Millar with a good delivery, but the header was straight at Marijan Antolovic. The visitor's best spell of the game came at the end of the first half. The move of the half, involving Jude Winchester, Andy McGrory and Kelly, ended with the latter putting in a low cross for Friel, who turned the ball goalwards but was denied by Antolovic.

In the third minute of added time in the first half Ballymena took the lead in bizarre and controversial circumstances. Glens captain Kane brought down Winchester in the area giving United a penalty. Friel stepped up but saw a tame effort saved, but the follow up fell to Cathair Friel, whose shot was clawed away by Antolovic again, but after a five second delay, the linesman judged that the follow up had crossed the line, to give United a half-time lead.

The second half got off to a bad start for the away side as the hosts equalised just 6 minutes in. Winchester laxly gave the ball away in the middle of the park to Hrvoje Plum who played in McDaid, and he floated the ball back over to Hrvoje Plum whose powerful, deflected shot went past Glendinning.

7 minutes later the turnaround was complete as Glentoran went ahead. Navid Nasseri's ball in from the left took a wicked deflection of Ervin straight into the path of Robbie McDaid, who headed home from close range.

Within 2 minutes of McDaid's goal, things probably should've went from bad to worse when Ervin gave the ball away to Van Overbeek who ran through one on one, but he was denied by a fine double save from Glendinning. With United unable to really trouble Glentoran's back line the hosts looked for a third and hit the post when an intended cross from Plum came back off the far post. With 20 minutes left Ballymena registered their first effort of the half. Substitute Shane McGinty crossed for Millar, but with the ball slightly behind him he headed wide.

Plum, building a reputation for his well struck shot's, went close with an emphatic half volley from 25 yards, but was denied by a phenomenal save by Glendinning, however from the resulting corner it was 3-1. Plum took the corner and found Marcus Kane whose header beat Ervin on the line to find the roof of the net and surely give Glentoran the 3 points.

The final 10 minutes played themselves out with little action as Glentoran won to move 7 points clear of a Ballymena side who failed to get going from the off.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (

Squad Statistics (as at October 25th, 2019)

2019-2020 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)26 16 - 126 -
Jonathan Addis27 152575
Steven McCullough25 20 - 1035
Andrew Burns27 12 - 472
Jim Ervin34 18 - 2353
Joshua Kelly20 11 - 11 -
Jude Winchester26 153508
Andrew McGrory27 1555115
Ryan Harpur30 151201
Leroy Millar24 21415222
Cathair Friel26 18714265
Ryan Mayse (sub)25 141448
Shane McGinty (sub)25 142355

League Table (as at October 25th, 2019)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Coleraine 12 7 5 0 26
2. Crusaders 12 8 2 2 26
3. Cliftonville 12 8 1 3 25
4. Linfield 10 8 0 2 24
5. Glentoran 13 7 2 4 23
6. BALLYMENA UTD 12 4 4 4 16
7. Larne 11 4 3 4 15
8. Dungannon 12 4 2 6 14
9. Glenavon 10 3 1 6 10
10. Carrick 11 3 0 8 9
11. Institute 11 1 2 8 5
12. Warrenpoint Town 12 1 0 11 3