Ballymena 5
Larne 1
City Cup


Ballymena
5 - 1
Larne 

City Cup
Monday, April 1st, 1929
Ballymena Showgrounds
3:15 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Jamie Shiels 
Jamie Shiels (6)
Jamie Shiels (55)
James Mitchell (56)
James Mitchell (90)
Billy White (26)

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
John Gough
John McNinch
Gordon McDiarmid
Sidney Howard
David Reid
John Reid
Jamie Shiels
Walter Clarke
James Mitchell
James McCambridge
Joseph Cassidy
Hughie Irvine
William Small
Patrick Morris
William Horner
Tommy Kennedy
Herbert Whitley
Johnny Rafferty
Billy White
James Kinsella
Andrew Kane
Fred Morton

Bench
None.

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W. McClean (Belfast) (Referee)




Match Report


A big crowd attended the Showgrounds on Monday to see Larne and Ballymena contest for points in the City Cup competition.

Unfortunately the glorious weather had prevailed for weeks previous had given place to squalls and showers, and was none too pleasant. A few sharp showers fell during the match and made the grass slippery for the players.

Larne took the field first and were welcomed by applause from their supporters. On Ballymena appearing -the same team as won the Cup - they were greeted with an outburst of cheering, which was repeated when Referee McClean made an appearance.

The opening exchanges favoured Larne, but within six minutes of the start Jamie Shiels had the ball in the net for Ballymena's first goal. Larne put up a good fight for the equaliser, but it was fully twenty minutes before Billy White scored it with a hard close-in drive at the corner of the upright. Play was evenly distributed up to the interval.

In the first half the game looked like being one which would finish with little difference in the score, but in the second Ballymena walked away from their opponents, scoring four more goals. Jamie Shiels was responsible for Ballymena's second goal, John Reid opened the way for James Mitchell to score the third, Jamie Shiels scored the fourth, and James Mitchell got the fifth.

One of the smartest movements of the game was when Cassidy outwitted five or six opponents after one another and then shot for goal, his effort only being saved at the expense of a corner.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (5 April 1929)



Squad Statistics (as at April 1st, 1929)


1928-1929 All Time
Age
John Gough (GK)33 36 - 36 -
Gordon McDiarmid22 37 - 37 -
John McNinch25 381381
David Reid32 345345
John Reid30 322322
Sidney Howard21 291291
Jamie Shiels20 29342934
James Mitchell25 29102910
James McCambridge23 36233623
Walter Clarke31 223223
Joseph Cassidy32 9292



League Table (as at April 1st, 1929)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Belfast Celtic 26 22 4 0 48
2. Linfield 26 19 1 6 39
3. Glentoran 26 15 3 8 33
4. Coleraine 26 13 4 9 30
5. Distillery 26 14 2 10 30
6. BALLYMENA 26 10 8 8 28
7. Bangor 26 10 6 10 26
8. Ards 26 10 5 11 25
9. Glenavon 26 8 8 10 24
10. Newry 26 9 4 13 22
11. Portadown 26 10 2 14 22
12. Larne 26 8 4 14 20
13. Cliftonville 26 3 4 19 10
14. Queens Island 26 2 3 21 7