Ballymena United 0
Glenavon 2
League (NIFL Premiership)


Ballymena United
0 - 2
Glenavon 

League (NIFL Premiership)
Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 600
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Matthew Fitzpatrick (13)
Greg Moorhouse (90)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Gary Hamilton

Starting Eleven
18. Jordan Williamson
20. Trai Hume
3. Ross Redman
25. Ciaran Kelly
4. Jonathan Addis
7. Jude Winchester
8. Ryan Harpur
23. Leroy Millar
16. Ryan Waide
15. Shay McCartan
14. Paul McElroy
Jonathan Tuffey .1
Daniel Larmour .2
Colin Coates .3
Daniel Purkis .9
Peter Campbell .10
Matthew Snoddy .14
Matthew Fitzpatrick .19
Conor McCloskey .20
James Singleton .27
Robert Garrett .28
Sean Ward .30

Bench
1. Ross Glendinning
2. Tony Kane
19. Kofi Balmer
21. Jim Ervin
26. Joshua Kelly
32. Joe McCready
12. Kenny Kane
Calum Birney .4
Conan Byrne .7
Andrew Hall .11
Greg Moorhouse .12
Aaron Harmon .15
Michael O'Connor .17
Jack O'Mahony .21

Substitutions
Joe McCready for Ryan Waide (46)
Joshua Kelly for Ross Redman (65)
Tony Kane for Ryan Harpur (82)
Greg Moorhouse for Matthew Fitzpatrick (71)
Michael O'Connor for Robert Garrett (81)
Jack O'Mahony for Peter Campbell (90)

Cautions
Ryan Harpur (33)
Daniel Larmour (58)
Robert Garrett (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jamie Robinson (Referee)
Andrew Nethery & John Doherty (Assistants)
Declan Hassan (Fourth Official)




Match Report


Ballymena United suffered their fourth straight league defeat after a 2-0 loss at home to Glenavon on Tuesday night.

United made one change from Saturday for the first midweek game of the season, with a switch in goal as Jordan Williamson replaced Ross Glendinning.

The opening few minutes were at best scrappy with both sides struggling to keep the ball, but it was Glenavon who found their stride quicker and they took the lead on 13 minutes. In no time at all from a throw in the visitors had the ball in the box and a tidy one-two between Peter Campbell and Matthew Fitzpatrick ended with the latter tucking the ball away from six yards out.

It would've been 2-0 two minutes later but for the heroics of Williamson. First the 'keeper denied Fitzpatrick, with the rebound falling to Daniel Purkis, but he was denied by a stunning reaction save.

It took 19 minutes for the hosts to cause Glenavon any real concern, but the first real well crafted Sky Blue attack ended with Jude Winchester showing some tidy footwork on the edge of the box before firing over.

As the half moved on Ballymena were able to wrestle back a good deal of the possession, but created little with it. However they almost equalised when a Trai Hume cross took a huge deflection and forced Jonny Tuffey to block the ball on the line with his shins. Towards the end of the half a neat flick on by Leroy Millar in the box found Winchester who was denied from close range by a timely defensive clearance, before Ciaran Kelly narrowly missed connecting with a header from the corner, as a half bereathed of chances and real quality ended 0-1.

Joe McCready replaced Ryan Waide at half-time for the Braidmen to offer a shake up of the forward line, but within two minutes it was The Lurgan Blues with a good chance when Conor McCloskey had players lining up at the back post for his cross, but Robert Garrett miscued his shot.

Arguably Ballymena's best chance of the game fell on the hour mark when good play from Shay McCartan saw him win a free kick right on the edge of the box. McCartan took it himself, but could only fire narrowly over.

Following that chance Glenavon began to apply pressure on United and Williamson was called into action to deny Fitzpatrick once and Purkis twice inside six minutes. In the final 15 minutes The Sky Blues upped it for the first time in the half, but again caused Tuffey little cause for concern, bar the 'keeper have to parry over a cross/shot from Millar.

The final 5 minutes saw a string of United corners that came to very little, mainly down to good defending from the away side, and in three minutes of added on time Glenavon sealed their first win of the season with a second. A clearance from halfway by McCloskey fell to sub Greg Moorhouse who managed to stay onside and with only Williamson to beat he easily slotted home the visitor's second.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (www.ballymenaunitedfc.com)



Squad Statistics (as at November 10th, 2020)


2020-2021 All Time
Age
Jordan Williamson (GK)25 1 - 17 -
Ciaran Kelly22 5 - 5 -
Jonathan Addis28 3 - 835
Ross Redman30 5 - 5 -
Trai Hume18 4 - 4 -
Leroy Millar25 4117125
Jude Winchester27 4 - 678
Ryan Harpur31 4 - 302
Shay McCartan26 5 - 5 -
Ryan Waide20 5 - 5 -
Paul McElroy26 5252
Tony Kane (sub)33 2 - 34448
Joshua Kelly (sub)21 2 - 342
Joe McCready (sub)30 2 - 71



League Table (as at November 10th, 2020)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 4 4 0 0 12
2. Crusaders 5 4 0 1 12
3. Larne 5 3 2 0 11
4. Cliftonville 5 3 0 2 9
5. Coleraine 5 2 1 2 7
6. Glenavon 5 1 3 1 6
7. Warrenpoint Town 5 1 2 2 5
8. Dungannon 5 1 2 2 5
9. Portadown 5 1 1 3 4
10. Carrick 5 1 1 3 4
11. BALLYMENA UTD 5 1 0 4 3
12. Glentoran 4 0 2 2 2