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John Murphy (pen.) (75)
Ballymena's defeat by Glenavon on Monday was on all fours with their defeat by Ards on Christmas Day. It was, without doubt, the scrappiest match of the season, little or no good football being seen.
The home front rank was lamentably weak, chiefly due to the incompetence of the inside forwards, who never pulled together at all.
In fact, the whole team, with very few exceptions, put up a sorry show, so that it was no wonder the crowd heaved a sigh of relief when the match was over.
Ballymena fielded the same team that defeated Newry, but, strange to say, it was no manner of use against Glenavon.
The visitors positioned far better than the home team, were quicker on the ball, and exercised far more judgement in working up their attacks. They were easily the better team on the day's display, and thoroughly deserved their victory.
The first goal came at the end of forty minutes, when Madill scored from Kerr's pass, after Reid had failed to get the ball away.
All the efforts of the Ballymena forwards to get on even terms were nullified by the splendid Glenavon defence, Hoy in particular playing a rattling good game, and McMahon being safe in goal.
Eight minutes after the resumption Bingham put Glenavon further ahead. Ballymena shared a good deal of the play, but faulty finishing spoiled any chances they had of scoring.
With only fifteen minutes to go, John Murphy worked his way through the defence and looked like scoring when he was fouled inside the penalty area. From the spot kick he drove the ball straight and true into the net. Five minutes later Kerr scored Glenavon's third.
Match report written by Ballymena Observer (25 April 1930)
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