Ballymena United 0
Larne 3
League (NIFL Premiership)

Ballymena United
0 - 3

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 1,480
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Jeff Hughes (5)
Lee Lynch (39)
Lee Lynch (55)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Tiernan Lynch

Starting Eleven
1. Ross Glendinning
21. Jim Ervin
4. Jonathan Addis
19. Kofi Balmer
16. Declan Carville
26. Joshua Kelly
28. Ross Lavery
17. Andrew McGrory
9. Cathair Friel
25. Aaron Burns
12. Kenny Kane
Conor Devlin .1
Harry Flowers .2
Graham Kelly .3
Albert Watson .4
Fuad Sule .7
David McDaid .10
Ben Tilney .15
Lee Lynch .16
Tomas Cosgrove .23
Jeff Hughes .24
Jonathan McMurray .27

31. Jordan Williamson
24. Reece Glendinning
14. Andrew Burns
10. James Knowles
6. Ryan Mayse
41. Arynn Annett
7. Shane McGinty
Conor Mitchell .21
Christopher Ramsey .5
Shane McEleney .6
Conor McKendry .19
Sean Graham .20
Pablo Andrade .22
Cillin Gilmour .29

Ryan Mayse for Cathair Friel (14)
Shane McGinty for Declan Carville (67)
Andrew Burns for Joshua Kelly (67)
Shane McEleney for Jeff Hughes (63)
Sean Graham for Jonathan McMurray (73)

Declan Carville (57)
Aaron Burns (63)
Andrew Burns (90)
David McDaid (34)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Evan Boyce (Referee)
George Argyropoulos & Mark O'Brien (Assistants)
Mark Dillon (Fourth Official)

Match Report

An injury depleted Ballymena United side limped to a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to rivals Larne this afternoon.

It only took 5 minutes for United's misery to begin when the visitors were awarded a penalty. Lee Lynch hurdled one challenge before he was brought down in the box by Declan Carville. Ross Glendinning went the right way but couldn't keep out a good penalty from Jeff Hughes as Larne took the early lead.

If things hadn't started badly enough for the Sky Blues, they got even worse just 14 minutes in when Cathair Friel rejoined the injury list, picking up a nasty looking shoulder injury after a foul from Johnny McMurray. He was replaced by Ryan Mayse. After the early goal neither side produced anything of note until Larne should've made it 2-0 on the half hour mark. Tomas Cosgrove played in Lynch who cut it back across goal for McMurray, but the ex-United man blasted over under pressure from close range.

After Hughes hit a free kick straight at Glendinning, Ballymena had their first real dangerous opening with 10 minutes left in the half. Andy McGrory fizzed an inviting ball across goal but it narrowly missed the incoming Kenny Kane, with Josh Kelly, wearing a head bandage after an earlier collision, seeing his shot from the rebound blocked by Graham Kelly.

On 39 minutes Larne made it 2-0. For what seemed like the umpteenth time, Larne got in behind United's defence with ease as Ben Tilney found McMurray, who put the ball on a plate for Lee Lynch to tap home.

McMurray almost turned from provider to scorer minutes later when he dispossessed Kelly and put Tilney in behind again. Tilney played the ball back to McMurray but he was denied by a fine stop from Glendinning. With the last play of the half Kane tried his luck from 25 yards and saw his effort dip narrowly over, as a largely lifeless half from Ballymena saw them go into the break two down.

The Braidmen produced their best move of the match by some distance at the beginning of the second half when a string of quick passes ended with Mayse giving Aaron Burns a chance, but his weak effort was easy work for Conor Devlin. It was United's only shot on target.

On 55 minutes the host's problems continued to mount as Larne moved into a 3-0 lead. McDaid's high ball into the box from the byline was poorly dealt with by Ballymena's defence and it fell to , who saw his shot deflect off Kelly and end up in the back of the net for his second of the day.

Again the game produced little chances after a goal with Larne happy to ease the ball about the midfield against a Ballymena team who were second to every ball and seemed to know the game was up. It never rains but it pours when it comes to injuries and Kelly was forced off with one 20 minutes from time, being replaced by Andrew Burns, with Shane McGinty also coming on for Carville.

McDaid almost got in on the act for Larne when he was well picked out by Shane McEleney, but McGrory did well to divert his shot wide. At the other end Ballymena's day was summed up when Kane did extremely well to beat Kelly and he crossed for Mayse, but from six yards out and with an almost empty goal gaping, he somehow fired over. The final 5 minutes yielded no chances as Larne saw out a good win, but for Ballymena the result and manner of performance were sadly simply not good enough.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (

Squad Statistics (as at November 2nd, 2019)

2019-2020 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)26 17 - 127 -
Jonathan Addis27 172595
Jim Ervin34 20 - 2373
Kofi Balmer19 15 - 784
Ross Lavery23 122122
Declan Carville29 171171
Andrew McGrory27 1765316
Joshua Kelly20 13 - 13 -
Aaron Burns27 5 - 5 -
Kenny Kane20 8282
Cathair Friel26 19714365
Andrew Burns (sub)27 13 - 482
Shane McGinty (sub)25 152365
Ryan Mayse (sub)25 161468

League Table (as at November 2nd, 2019)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Coleraine 14 9 5 0 32
2. Cliftonville 14 10 1 3 31
3. Crusaders 14 8 4 2 28
4. Linfield 12 9 0 3 27
5. Glentoran 14 8 2 4 26
6. Larne 13 5 4 4 19
7. BALLYMENA UTD 13 4 4 5 16
8. Dungannon 14 4 2 8 14
9. Carrick 13 4 0 9 12
10. Glenavon 12 3 2 7 11
11. Institute 13 1 4 8 7
12. Warrenpoint Town 14 1 0 13 3