Ballymena 3
Glentoran 0
League (Irish League)

3 - 0

League (Irish League)
Wednesday, December 26th, 1928
Ballymena Showgrounds
2:30 PM Kick-off

John Morrow (60)
James McCambridge (72)
Jamie Shiels (75)

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
John Gough
Gordon McDiarmid
John McNinch
Sidney Howard
David Reid
John Reid
Jamie Shiels
John Morrow
James McCambridge
Richard Shaw
Walter Clarke
H. Currie
W. Carleton
Robert Stewart
John Jamison
Samuel Scott
Thomas McKeague
William Crooks
Fred Roberts
Johnny Geary
David Hutchinson


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J. Williams (Bolton) (Referee)

Match Report

Ballymena regained some of their lost prestige by trouncing Glentoran at the Showgrounds on Boxing Day.

The Glens, fresh from their victory against Glenavon on the previous day, made no bones about what they were going to do to Ballymena, but 1,384 supporters who travelled with them by two special trains, as well as a host of came by road, had the disappointment of their lives. One of the best crowds that has attended a match in the Showground - the gate was £160 5s 0d - saw a game full of vim and vigour, with plenty of exciting moments.

In the first half it was anyone's game. Glentoran were dangerous for the first ten minutes, and were almost through when Roberts shot at point-blank range, but Gough mangaed to save with one hand and then kick clear. Ballymena shortly came into the picture and the Glentoran goal had a couple of narrow shaves, first from Clarke and then from Davey Reid.

It had a further escape when Morrow turned in a stinger which Currie put around the post for a corner. Roberts again missed a great chance to score for Glentoran when well-positioned. The pace was a "cracker" and the game was largely a battle of wits. When half-time came the scoresheet was blank, but McKeague almost registered a goal when he fired in ashot which Gough punched over the bar.

Despite the fact that they had the breeze against them in the second half, Ballymena played to a better advantage, and at the end of fifteen minutes McCambridge gave Clarke a first-time pass and the latter centred beautifully for John Morrow to net the opening goal.

The Glens now played for all they were worth and forced a corner, from which Roberts headed narrowly over. Returning to the attack, Ballymena forwards went away on a fast run, and Morrow led up and placed neatly for James McCambridge to add to the score. A few minutes later Morrow again had a hand in a goal, putting well up for Jamie Shiels to score after a great sprint.

These were three quick goals, and put the issue beyond doubt, but they must have torn the heart out of Glentoran after playing so hard and so well. In the last quarter of an hour the pace slacked off a bit, but the game was bright up to the finish.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (28 December 1928)

Squad Statistics (as at December 26th, 1928)

1928-1929 All Time
John Gough (GK)33 20 - 20 -
Gordon McDiarmid22 22 - 22 -
John McNinch25 22 - 22 -
David Reid32 223223
John Reid30 212212
Sidney Howard21 16 - 16 -
John Morrow28 9292
James McCambridge23 22172217
Walter Clarke30 103103
Jamie Shiels19 20212021
Richard Shaw20 164164

League Table (as at December 26th, 1928)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Belfast Celtic 19 17 2 0 36
2. Linfield 19 14 1 4 29
3. BALLYMENA 19 9 7 3 25
4. Glentoran 19 11 2 6 24
5. Coleraine 19 10 3 6 23
6. Distillery 19 10 2 7 22
7. Glenavon 19 6 6 7 18
8. Bangor 19 7 2 10 16
9. Newry 19 6 4 9 16
10. Portadown 19 7 2 10 16
11. Ards 19 5 4 10 14
12. Larne 19 5 3 11 13
13. Cliftonville 19 2 3 14 7
14. Queens Island 19 2 3 14 7