Linfield 6
Ballymena 0
League (Irish League)


6 - 0


League (Irish League)
Monday, February 25th, 1929
Windsor Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Joe Bambrick (10)
Harold McCaw (30)
Joe Bambrick (56)
Joe Bambrick (62)
Billy Houston (64)
Joe Bambrick (77)

Team Managers
Selection Committee Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
Sam Rainey
Robert Thompson
Tommy Frame
James McGuire
Maurice Pyper
William McCleery
Billy Houston
Harry McCracken
Joe Bambrick
William Patton
Harold McCaw
John Gough
John McNinch
Sidney Howard
John Reid
Hugh Gilmore
David Reid
James McCambridge
Richard Shaw
Joseph Cassidy
Samuel Evans
James Mitchell


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

W. McClean (Belfast) (Referee)

Match Report

Ballymena met with the most ignominious defeat of their career at the hands of Linfield at Windsor Park on Monday last.

On the previous Wednesday's showing Ballymena were incompetent enough, but all was nothing to Monday. They played such a miserable game that Linfield virtually overwhelmed them.

Linfield were thrustful from the start, and inside ten minutes were a goal up from a free and Joe Bambrick hustling it into the net. Ballymena managed to force a corner, but play swung to the Ballymena end, where Gough picked up a fine shot from McCleery at the corner of the post. Ballymena made ground again and Cassidy opened up the way for Shaw, who crossed hard in, but Gilmore missed in the goal mouth.

Linfield resumed the attack, and from McCracken's pass Houston landed in a snorter which Gough held well. Evans, Ballymena's newest recruit, was not getting a great deal to do. At last a chance came his way and he dropped the ball on the bar, and when it rebounded into play Cassidy shot with his left foot but his aim was erratic.

Linfield continued to have the bigger share of the game, and from a corner taken by Houston the ball went right across to Harold McCaw, who lost no time in netting.

Ballymena resumed with a forward rush, and Rainey was called into action. Then Mitchell had a drive for goal, but Thompson made a timely clearance. After this Linfield got a proper grip on the game again and scarcely ever let go. They harassed the Ballymena defence sorely, and only for Gough's custodianship would have built up a heavy score early in this half.

Many a time he worked what were almost miracles when the situation seemed past redemption. McCleery missed a great chance when he skied over the bar from a few yards out. Joe Bambrick converted a fine pass from Houston with a fine header, and five or six minutes later the same player (Joe Bambrick) scored a fourth.

Ballymena managed to break away several times, but when near goal their work was anything but meritorious. Cassidy had the chance of a lifetime to reduce the lead and should have scored, but he met the ball and shot past an angle.

J. Reid was carried off with a leg injury and did not return. A minute later Billy Houston scored Linfield's fifth, and this was followed instantly by Joe Bambrick netting again. Linfield did much as they pleased right up to the finish.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (1 March 1929)

Squad Statistics (as at February 25th, 1929)

1928-1929 All Time
John Gough (GK)33 31 - 31 -
John McNinch25 331331
Sidney Howard21 24 - 24 -
David Reid32 304304
Hugh Gilmore29 102102
John Reid30 292292
Richard Shaw20 275275
James Mitchell25 258258
Joseph Cassidy32 5252
Samuel Evans25 1 - 1 -
James McCambridge23 32213221

League Table (as at February 25th, 1929)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Belfast Celtic 25 22 3 0 47
2. Linfield 25 19 1 5 39
3. Glentoran 25 15 2 8 32
4. Distillery 26 14 2 10 30
5. Coleraine 25 13 3 9 29
6. BALLYMENA 26 10 8 8 28
7. Ards 26 10 5 11 25
8. Bangor 25 10 5 10 25
9. Glenavon 26 8 8 10 24
10. Newry 25 9 4 12 22
11. Portadown 26 10 2 14 22
12. Larne 24 6 4 14 16
13. Cliftonville 24 2 4 18 8
14. Queens Island 26 2 3 21 7