Glenavon 3
Ballymena 1
League (Irish League)


3 - 1


League (Irish League)
Saturday, February 1st, 1930
Mourneview Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

W. Kerr
Hector Moore
Joseph Cassidy 

Team Managers
Selection Committee Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
Pete McMahon
Mick Hoy
Harry Maxwell
Harold Tilly
George Silcock
W. Kerr
Hector Moore
Owen McCahill
John Gough
Gordon McDiarmid
John McNinch
Sidney Howard
Hugh Gilmore
Alfred Basnett
Joseph Cassidy
Johnny Dalrymple
George Arlow
William Girvan
Jamie Shiels


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

W. Cowan (Belfast) (Referee)

Match Report

It was not surprising that Ballymena were defeated at Lurgan on Saturday, as they turned out minus four of their regular players - McCambridge, who was on international duty, and Reid, Kilpatrick and Murphy, who suffered either from injuries or from sickness. Bassnett, Arlow, Gilmore and Girvan filled the vacancies, and McDiarmid made a welcome reappearance after a month's enforced absence.

On the whole the match was a rather scrappy affair, the wretched underfoot conditions being totally against methodical play. Glenavon opened the scoring per Bingham, to which Ballymena replied, per Cassidy, with a beautiful head drive. The homesters, however, took the lead again before the interval, and in the second half Moore put them further ahead.

Ballymena won the toss and attacked at the start. The pitch was very sodden and slippery. The visitors were the first to press, the attack ending in a shot from Dalrymple which went close. Glenavon, well supported by their halves, kept up a strong attack, ad Moore was just beaten in a race for the ball by Gough when it looked promising for the Glens inside left to score. A 'free' to Ballymena relieved matters, but Bassnett sent by.

The 'Blues' continued to be the more thrustful, but found McNinch and McDiarmid very sound defenders. McCahill forced a corner, and from a well-placed flag kick Kerr tested Gough with a neat header. Shiels, the visitors' centre, was very speedy and caused serious anxiety to the Glens defence. A true pass from Dalrymple gave Shiels a grand opening, who with McMahon at his mercy shot over the bar from a few yards out.

Ballymena were showing up well and kept Glenavon busy defending, McMahon having several still handfuls. McCahill got away on a clear field, but his centre went right across the Light Blues' goalmouth untouched.

Cassidy and Girvan were showing good understanding, but were well marked by Maxwell. Kerr got away on the Glens' right and passing into Bingham, the centre opening the score with a fine drive.

Ballymena renewed their efforts, but within two minutes Joseph Cassidy intercepted a drive from Bassnett to score a lovely goal which gave McMahon no chance. Both sides were playing fine football considering the state of the ground.

Kerr beat McDiarmid for position and the winger grazed the cross-bar. Glenavon were now doing the major portion of the attacking, and on several occasions they experienced hard luck. Kerr taking up a pass from Bingham beat Gough all the way.

On resuming Glenavon pressed, and for the opening five minutes held Ballymena on the 18-yards line, but were unable to break down the Ballymena defence. Dalrymple set his line in motion, and good work by Cassidy brought play within range of McMahon, which resulted in Bassnett striking the crossbar.

Arlow cleverly outwitted the defence to get within a few yards of McMahon, but Shankland came to the rescue. Glens took up the running, and Hector Moore tricking the defence scored his side's third goal with a fast drive which gave Gough no chance.

Glenavon were undoubtedly the better team, and were almost continually on the offensive. Cassidy initiated an attack which only ended in a corner. The Glens again took charge of affairs, the Ballymena defence fighting hard to keep the Glens' forwards out.

In the closing minutes Ballymena made a spurt and gain two consecutive corners without result.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (7 February 1930)

Squad Statistics (as at February 1st, 1930)

1929-1930 All Time
John Gough (GK)34 26 - 70 -
Gordon McDiarmid23 23 - 68 -
John McNinch26 24 - 651
Sidney Howard22 282643
Hugh Gilmore30 53185
Alfred Basnett36 191191
Johnny Dalrymple28 9 - 9 -
George Arlow24 9393
Jamie Shiels20 28196561
William Girvan20 81112
Joseph Cassidy33 19123618

League Table (as at February 1st, 1930)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 23 17 4 2 38
2. Glentoran 23 15 3 5 33
3. Coleraine 24 13 4 7 30
4. Belfast Celtic 24 12 4 8 28
5. BALLYMENA 24 12 3 9 27
6. Bangor 24 11 5 8 27
7. Derry City 24 11 5 8 27
8. Glenavon 24 10 3 11 23
9. Distillery 24 10 3 11 23
10. Portadown 23 6 6 11 18
11. Newry 24 8 1 15 17
12. Ards 24 6 5 13 17
13. Larne 23 5 2 16 12
14. Cliftonville 24 5 2 17 12