Ballymena 3
Newry Town (City) 0
League (Irish League)

3 - 0

League (Irish League)
Saturday, December 7th, 1929
Ballymena Showgrounds
2:30 PM Kick-off

George Arlow (20)
Jamie Shiels (26)
Sidney Howard (28)

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
John Gough
Gordon McDiarmid
John McNinch
Alfred Basnett
Sidney Howard
David Reid
George Arlow
Joseph Cassidy
James McCambridge
John Murphy
Jamie Shiels
Tom Gracey
William Hobbs
Mick Short
Fred Dennett
Frank Rushe
William Lyness
Eddie Carroll
John Feenan


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W. McClean (Belfast) (Referee)

Match Report

The weather last Saturday was not at all propitious, either for playing football or for watching it, nevertheless, an average crowd attended at the Showgrounds to see Ballymena and Newry do battle for the points.

The Border men came with an enhanced reputation, won by them during the previous few weeks, when they had a series of notable victories to their credit. In Ballymena, however, they met their masters, the Light Blues winning by three goals to nil, a score which did not at all flatter them.

Almost half a gale blew along the field towards the Slemish goal, and Ballymena, winning the spin of the coin, took full advantage of it right from the start. No sooner was the ball in motion than the homesters carried play to the Newry end, Bassnett initiating a nice movement in which Cassidy, Shiels and Murphy collaborated, Shiels ending up by heading narrowly over the bar from Murphy's centre.

Next McDiarmid volleyed in a dropping shot well from his own end of the field, and in coping with it Gracey conceded a corner, which was abortive. Ballymena continued to exert tremendous pressure, in which the backs were subjected to a gruelling time. Once McCambridge turned in a clever shot, but there was not enough sting behind it, the goalie saving easily.

The Newry forwards swept towards the home goal, but Rush sent the ball too far out of his own reach and Gough ran out and picked it up. Following another fruitless corner to Ballymena, play veered to the home right, from where, after a splendid piece of play, Cassidy sent across a beauty which just cleared the bar.

Then Murphy got possession and passed forward to McCambridge, but the latter was taken unawares, and the opportunity went abegging. Murphy delighted the spectators with some extraordinary clever work on the left wing in several bouts of close play. Again the Newry forwards attacked spiritedly, Dennett firing across a shot and Gough punching clear with Lynas close by.

The opposite end was once more the scene of operations, and Arlow slipped an opponent and placed for Cassidy to test Gracey. Reid also had a try, his shot almost grazing the bar. At the other end McNinch effected a timely clearance when Bassnett found himself in difficulties.

At the end of twenty minutes Murphy crossed the ball, and when Shiels shot the goalie saved, but George Arlow ran in and scored the opening goal from a yard out. A minute later Arlow lifted the ball well into centre for Shiels to head over the bar.

From a bye kick Shiels stopped the ball close in and forced a corner, from which Reid headed into Gracey's arms. Five or six minutes after the first score McCambridge pushed the ball up the centre for Jamie Shiels to run in between the backs and score the second goal.

Inside two minutes followed a third, this time from Sidney Howard, who dropped a long shot into goal, the ball passing over the goalie's head into the net. It was just then the sun peeped out through a break in the clouds, so that Gracey was handicapped to some extent as he was facing it.

Ballymena continued to have the better of matters, playing more constructively and more confidently than the Newry men. A long shot from McNinch landed into goal, but this time Gracey saved. Just before the interval Newry attacked briskly, and Dennett struck the post with a fast drive.

The breeze freshened up in the second half, and although Ballymena found it a handicap they continued to do more than keep their end up. Newry attacked spasmodically, but the lack of understanding between the forwards prevented them doing anything out of the ordinary.

A flying shot by Dennett was carried out of its direction by the force of the breeze, otherwise it might have given Gough some trouble. For a short period the visitors pressed constantly, but found the Ballymena defence a stiff obstacle. Two corners to Newry effected no change in the score.

Cassidy opened up the way for Arlow to bang across a lovely centre, and Murphy shot into Gracey's arms. Later Arlow had a fine chance to add to the score, but he sent the ball too far in front, and the goalie was able to pick up before danger threatened. At this juncture Ballymena were playing a methodical game which was nice to watch, but goals eluded them.

Shiels had hard lines with a close shot which was deflected for a corner. At the other end Lynas drove in hard from a few yards range, and Gough had to stretch himself to kick clear. Then at the opposite goal Arlow might have scored had he had enough confidence in his own powers, but instead of driving the ball into the net he passed to Shiels when almost on the goal-line. Shiels shot and Gracey fisted over the bar for a corner.

Newry looked like doing something at last when Dennett slipped McDiarmid and raced for goal, but the latter made a swift recovery and dispossessed his opponent. In the closing stages Bassnett, who was injured earlier in the game, exchanged places with Arlow.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (13 December 1929)

Squad Statistics (as at December 7th, 1929)

1929-1930 All Time
John Gough (GK)34 17 - 61 -
Gordon McDiarmid23 17 - 62 -
John McNinch26 14 - 551
Alfred Basnett36 161161
Sidney Howard22 172533
David Reid33 14 - 566
George Arlow23 6262
Joseph Cassidy33 952611
James McCambridge24 1646034
John Murphy31 8181
Jamie Shiels20 17115453

League Table (as at December 7th, 1929)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 15 11 4 0 26
2. Glentoran 15 9 3 3 21
3. Coleraine 15 9 2 4 20
4. BALLYMENA 15 7 3 5 17
5. Belfast Celtic 15 7 3 5 17
6. Derry City 15 7 3 5 17
7. Bangor 15 7 2 6 16
8. Portadown 15 5 5 5 15
9. Distillery 15 6 2 7 14
10. Glenavon 15 6 1 8 13
11. Newry 15 5 0 10 10
12. Ards 15 2 5 8 9
13. Larne 15 4 0 11 8
14. Cliftonville 15 3 1 11 7