3 - 1
3 - 1
League (Irish League)
David Reid (40)
Thomas Kilpatrick (42)
Jamie Shiels (60)
W. McClean (Belfast) (Referee)
Ballymena and Larne met in their postponed match at he Showgrounds on Wednesday before a fair crowd. The match was a rather tame affair throughout, very little enthusiasm being roused at any stage. Ballymena had the major share of the play and played by far the better football, running out winners by 3 goals to 1.
Larne were first to get to close quarters, but Craig's final effort was weak and wide of the mark. Subsequently Ballymena attacked almost continuously, and in the course of these exchanges the homesters played nippy football, but they were always foiled at the last moment.
Both Ballymena wings were touching something like their usual form, Kilpatrick and Cassidy flinging in well-placed centres to Cassidy and McCambridge doing some pretty scheming. Howard tested Campbell, and later Shiels headed into the goalie's arms from Kilpatrick's pass. At the Ballymena end Morrow shot over the bar.
Although Ballymena attacked almost without ceasing their first goal was long in coming. It was not until forty minutes had gone that David Reid headed through from Murphy's corner kick. A couple of minutes later Cassidy placed well for Thomas Kilpatrick to run in and score the second with a dandy shot.
In the second half, as in the first, Larne only attacked spasmodically and were rarely dangerous, the only incident of note in the early stages of this half being a high shot from Morrow, which Gough saved at the expense of a corner. A nice movement initiated by Dalrymple saw Shiels well away, but he could do no better than force a corner.
Then Reid struck the cross-bar and on the rebound Shiels failed to drive the ball home. Some fifteen minutes after the resumption Dalrymple stopped a Larne forward movement and passed up to Cassidy, who pushed the ball along the ground beautifully for Jamie Shiels to dash in and score the third.
Following this the Larne goal was subjected to a regular bombardment, every forward on the home team having a shot at some time or other. Once when three or four of them all stood in a line just in front of goal one of them netted, but the referee disallowed the goal, for what reason was not quite apparent.
At a later period Cassidy and Kilpatrick nonplussed the defence and the latter put in a centre, from which Cassidy pushed the ball to McCambridge, who drove it into the roof of the net. This goal was also disallowed.
Murphy was applauded for some specially neat work, by which he first of all struck the bar, and on the rebound tested the goalie. In a Larne incursion Kelly lobbed in a high shot, but Gough saved again. Another well-placed centre of Kilpatrick's gave McCambridge a great opening, but his kick misfired; however, after Murphy had shot and the 'keeper saved.
McCambridge was on the ball again and made no mistake this time. For the third time the referee disallowed a goal, for what reason is best known to himself. In the closing minutes Larne forced a corner, from which Walter Blair netted.
Match report written by Ballymena Observer (24 January 1930)
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