Ards 0
Ballymena 2
League (Irish League)


0 - 2


League (Irish League)
Saturday, September 14th, 1929
Castlereagh Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Thomas Hanna (44)
Thomas Hanna (67)

Team Managers
Selection Committee Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
Sam McMullan
Alex Vance
Fred Barrett
John Garrett
Bob McGee
Robert Gough
Jimmy Turnbull
Bob Lynn
R. Clarke
William Gough
John Gough
Gordon McDiarmid
John McNinch
Alfred Basnett
Sidney Howard
David Reid
William Girvan
Thomas Hanna
James McCambridge
James Mitchell
Jamie Shiels


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

A. Wray (Referee)

Match Report

Last Saturday Ballymena won their first victory of the season, gaining the full points at the expense of Ards at the County Down team's ground.

The match was played in brilliant sunshine, but before only a moderate attendance. From first to last there was little to enthuse about, the only redeeming feature being that the handful of Ballymena supporters had the satisfaction of seeing their team credited with the couple of goals the match produced. Play was usually of the haphazard variety, being for the most part utterly unworthy of senior teams.

The game opened lively enough, Ards receiving a free in the first minute. Barrett took the kick, and Turnbull steered the ball behind to safety. Ballymena lost no time in changing the venue, and at the other end Shiels shook the bar with a fast drive.

Ballymena's short spell of attack was quickly followed by Gough conceding a corner, but danger was averted, and the visiting forwards raced away to the opposite end, Hanna placing behind. Again Shiels struck the bar, and a moment later the Ballymena goal was in danger when W. Gough struck the upright.

Play continued to move from end to end rapidly, but the staunchness of the respective defences proved more than amatch for the opposing forwards. Gough came out to meet Lynn once when that player was in possession and in good position and succeeded in foiling him, McDiarmid ultimately relieving the pressure.

Ards still kept pegging away, but the Ballymena backs had got thoroughly warmed up to their job now and were able to nullify all the efforts of the opposing forwards.

Girvan made a dash for goal and succeeded in volleying in a low shot which Barrett stopped almost on the goal line. Then Ards were awarded a free just outside the Ballymena penalty area, but Barrett sent wide. Just after Ballymena had scored per McCambridge and the point was disallowed owing to offisde, Thomas Hanna managed to cross in a good centre, and when Shiels had gained contact was making for goal, Vance propelled the ball between the posts when endeavouring to clear.

The second half began with Ballymena in possession, but soon play was transferred to the visitors' end, where W. Gough shot from splendid position, but the try lacked proper direction. Play again became rather scrappy, neither set of forwards playing with anything like understanding.

At last a thrill came when Shiels received a pass from McCambridge and a shot from about ten yards' range McMullan just being able to get the tips of his fingers at the high shot and divert it over the bar. The referee evidently under the impression that McMullan did not touch the ball, refused to give a corner.

End to end play of an unmethodical order followed. At length the monotony was relieved by an effort at combination by Girvan and Mitchell, the latter eventually crossing the ball out to Hanna, who returned, but off-side terminated a good movement.

Afterwards McMullan saved a feeble shot from Hanna, Ards then had a turn, a spell of pressure resulting in a corner, but, try they might, they could not find the net, thanks to good defensive work. Twenty-two minutes after the resumption Ballymena got their second goal. Receiving a corner, Girvan took the flag kick, and the ball went across the goal to Thomas Hanna, who dropped it at Mitchell's feet, the last-named player taking it on the hop and flicking it into goal, the ball scraping the side of McGee's foot on the journey.

Ards redoubled their efforts, and Clarke had hard lines when he struck the base of an upright with a great try. In another Ards attack, Gough came out of goal to save and conceded a corner, a melee following in front of goal. There was another dangerous moment in front of the Ballymena goal, and to save the situation Bassnett headed past for a corner.

The flag kick was succeeded by a hot moment or two, but the defence stood firm. Barrett went up the field to take a free, but McNinch returned the ball. Ballymena pressed in the closing minutes, and twice Barrett gave away a free for 'hands' just a fraction outside the penalty line when Shiels was worrying him.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (20 September 1929)

Squad Statistics (as at September 14th, 1929)

1929-1930 All Time
John Gough (GK)33 6 - 50 -
Gordon McDiarmid22 6 - 51 -
John McNinch26 6 - 471
Alfred Basnett36 6 - 6 -
Sidney Howard22 6 - 421
David Reid33 4 - 466
William Girvan19 5 - 81
Thomas Hanna25 2242
James McCambridge23 615031
James Mitchell26 6 - 4321
Jamie Shiels20 614343

League Table (as at September 14th, 1929)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Glentoran 5 4 1 0 9
2. Linfield 5 3 2 0 8
3. Coleraine 5 4 0 1 8
4. Glenavon 5 3 0 2 6
5. Larne 5 3 0 2 6
6. Bangor 5 3 0 2 6
7. Belfast Celtic 5 2 1 2 5
8. BALLYMENA 5 1 3 1 5
9. Distillery 5 2 1 2 5
10. Portadown 5 1 3 1 5
11. Derry City 5 1 1 3 3
12. Ards 5 0 2 3 2
13. Newry 5 1 0 4 2
14. Cliftonville 5 0 0 5 0