Cliftonville 3
Ballymena 2
League (Irish League)


Cliftonville 

3 - 2

Ballymena


League (Irish League)
Tuesday, December 25th, 1928
Solitude
11:00 AM Kick-off


Goalscorers
James Miller (34)
James Miller
William Wishart (82)
Jamie Shiels 
John Morrow 

Team Managers
Selection Committee Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
Alfred Gardiner
Norman Miller
Robert McGuire
John Jones
William McFarland
S. McKeown
James Billingsley
J. Hamilton
James Miller
William Wishart
Thomas McConkey
John Gough
John McNinch
Gordon McDairmid
Hugh Gilmore
Sidney Howard
David Reid
Jamie Shiels
John Morrow
James McCambridge
Richard Shaw
Walter Clarke

Bench
None.

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
James Billingsley None.

Match Officials

M. Williams (Blackburn) (Referee)





Match Report


Great disappointment was caused locally at Ballymena's defeat by Cliftonville at Solitude on Christmas Day.

A rumour spread over the town shortly after one o'clock that Ballymena had won by 3-1, and, of course, everyone thought they had got a couple of points almost for the asking.

Some time later scepticism was caused at a report that Cliftonville had won 3-2, and even when this was confirmed many people were incredulous and refused to believe it. But it was all too true. The truth is that Ballymena, failing to take a lesson from what happened in Saturday's match when Ards drew level with only fifteen or twenty minutes to go, imagined they would have a walk-over against the amateurs, but they got an unpleasant surprise.

In the first half Cliftonville opened the scoring, and Jamie Shiels equalised. However, Cliftonville again took the lead in the second half, and John Morrow, who has been a little marvel in the last two or three matches, put the teams on a level footing. The amateurs again took the lead and held it to the end, winning 3-2.

In this game Davy Reid, who has served Ballymena so well at centre-half, was off, recovering from an injury received in the match against Ards, and this position was filled by his brother, John, who was not a conspicuous success. Gilmore came on at right half, and played a splendid game.

As a whole the match was a scrappy affair. Cliftonville got in only three decent shots in the first half, but they managed to score with two of them. Billingsley, Cliftonville's outside right, was ordered off for rough play.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (28 December 1928)



Squad Statistics (as at December 25th, 1928)


1928-1929 All Time
Age
John Gough (GK)33 19 - 19 -
Gordon McDairmid22 21 - 21 -
John McNinch25 21 - 21 -
Hugh Gilmore29 4141
David Reid32 213213
Sidney Howard21 15 - 15 -
Jamie Shiels19 19201920
John Morrow28 8181
James McCambridge23 21162116
Richard Shaw20 154154
Walter Clarke30 9393



League Table (as at December 25th, 1928)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Belfast Celtic 18 16 2 0 34
2. Linfield 18 13 1 4 27
3. Glentoran 18 11 2 5 24
4. BALLYMENA 18 8 7 3 23
5. Coleraine 18 10 3 5 23
6. Distillery 18 9 2 7 20
7. Glenavon 18 6 6 6 18
8. Bangor 18 7 2 9 16
9. Portadown 18 7 2 9 16
10. Newry 18 5 4 9 14
11. Larne 18 5 3 10 13
12. Ards 18 4 4 10 12
13. Cliftonville 18 2 2 14 6
14. Queens Island 18 2 2 14 6