Warrenpoint Town 1
Ballymena United 2
Irish Cup (Round 6)

Warrenpoint Town 

1 - 2

Ballymena United

Irish Cup (Round 6)
Saturday, February 1st, 2020
3:00 PM Kick-off

Brandon Doyle (48) Kyle Owens (60)
Andrew McGrory (87)

Team Managers
Barry Gray David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
27. Mark Byrne
3. Emmet Bennett
5. Anton Reilly
9. Alan O'Sullivan
11. Brandon Doyle
19. Eamon Scannell
22. Stuart Hutchinson
23. Daniel Wallace
26. Kealan Dillon
31. Colm Deasy
32. Ryan Swan
Ross Glendinning .1
Jonathan Addis .4
Steven McCullough .11
Kyle Owens .35
Scot Whiteside .5
James Knowles .10
Andrew McGrory .17
Leroy Millar .23
Jude Winchester .20
Cathair Friel .9
Adam Lecky .22

21. Ciaran McCann
4. Gavin Smith
16. Matthew Lynch
17. Deane Watters
18. Kris Cowan
28. Ryan O'Kane
35. Lorcan Murnaghan
Kofi Balmer .19
Andrew Burns .14
Reece Glendinning .24
Tony Kane .2
Joshua Kelly .26
Ross Lavery .28
Kenny Kane .12

None. Joshua Kelly for Jude Winchester (86)
Tony Kane for James Knowles (90)

Colm Deasy (41) Cathair Friel (41)
Andrew McGrory (88)

Red Cards
Mark Byrne (90) None.

Match Officials

Shane Andrews (Referee)
Bogdan Sfirloaga & Gareth Eakin (Assistants)
Lee Tavinder (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Andrew McGrory's late winner saw Ballymena United come from behind to beat Warrenpoint Town 2-1 in their Sadlers Peaky Blinder Irish Cup sixth round tie.

United made four changes for the long trip to Milltown Playing Fields from the side that lost to Crusaders a week ago, as they looked to all keep the season alive by advancing to the quarter-finals.

The first half will surely be a contender for the most uneventful half of the cup this season as a scrappy game led to little action at either end. Neither side had an upper hand in the early stages, with Jonny Addis firing well wide on the turn the only half chance of the opening half hour. The Braidmen had a strong penalty appeal turned down midway through the half when Lecky went down under a challenge from Danny Wallace, with United's fans behind the goal adamant he was fouled.

The best chance of the half came the way of Andy McGrory when a cross from Lecky deflected out to him, but his well drilled effort was well gathered by Mark Byrne. Warrenpoint's first attempt of any kind came in the 42nd minute via Eamon Scannell from distance, but his shot went miles over the crossbar.

In the last minute of the half Kyle Owens had a go with a half volley on the edge of the box, but it flew into the shrubbery on the hill behind the goal as the half unsurprisingly ended goalless.

The drama the first half lacked came in full supply in an eventful second period. The deadlock was broken just three minutes into the half by the hosts. An effort from Alan O'Sullivan was blocked by Scot Whiteside, but fell to Brandon Doyle who curled a tidy effort past Ross Glendinning on the edge of the box.

Ballymena finally seemed to waken up after falling behind and dominated proceedings for most of the game thereafter. McGrory was looking the most likely threat of danger for the Sky Blues and a cross from McGrory was poked wide by Cathair Friel, before McGrory went close himself when he was denied again by a good Byrne stop. Seconds after that good McGrory chance the 'Point hit on the counter attack which ended with O'Sullivan blazing a shot over.

On the stroke of the hour mark United levelled. James Knowles delivered a fantastic corner that was begging to be finished off and it was as Kyle Owens headed home for his first goal in his second spell at United.

Former Ballymena man Wallace went extremely close to putting his side back in front shortly after Owens' goal when he looped a deep free kick back towards goal and forced Glendinning to claw the ball off the line. Minutes later Wallace was involved at the other end when Lecky put Jude Winchester through on goal, but he was stopped by a great last ditch challenge from Wallace.

As the game entered the final ten minutes and extra time looked every more likely, Ballymena went close again when Friel was played in by Lecky, but from an extremely tight angle he shot narrowly wide. Three minutes later Leroy Millar's low ball into the box fell to Winchester, with his shot blocked into the path of McGrory, but yet again Byrne got down well to make a smart save.

With two minutes left until added time Ballymena snatched it in remarkable fashion as Andrew McGrory scored a late winner that his play deserved. The goal was all about the pass from Millar. An inch-perfect ball from the centre circle from the captain on the day set McGrory racing clear and he coolly slotted past Byrne in front of the travelling fans to secure a place in the quarter-finals, where they will travel to face Bluefin Sport Championship side Ballinamallard United.

Match report written by Philip McPeake

Squad Statistics (as at February 1st, 2020)

2019-2020 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)26 24 - 134 -
Jonathan Addis27 312735
Steven McCullough25 37 - 1205
Kyle Owens27 218813
Scot Whiteside22 151471
James Knowles26 91386
Andrew McGrory28 34107020
Leroy Millar24 30516123
Jude Winchester26 213568
Cathair Friel26 291015368
Adam Lecky28 1846121
Tony Kane (sub)32 19133547
Joshua Kelly (sub)20 251251

League Table (as at February 1st, 2020)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Glentoran 27 17 5 5 56
2. Crusaders 27 16 7 4 55
3. Linfield 26 17 3 6 54
4. Coleraine 27 15 8 4 53
5. Cliftonville 26 16 2 8 50
6. Larne 27 12 8 7 44
7. Glenavon 27 9 4 14 31
8. Carrick 26 9 1 16 28
9. BALLYMENA UTD 26 7 5 14 26
10. Dungannon 25 6 4 15 22
11. Warrenpoint Town 27 5 1 21 16
12. Institute 27 2 8 17 14