Ballymena 0
Bangor 2
City Cup

0 - 2

City Cup
Saturday, May 10th, 1930
Ballymena Showgrounds
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Viney (5)
William Salisbury (32)

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
James McKean
Alfred Basnett
Gordon McDiarmid
John McNinch
Sidney Howard
Hugh Gilmore
John Murphy
Marcus Armstrong
Thomas Kilpatrick
Jamie Shiels
Johnny Dalrymple
Sam Moore
William Ellis
Benjamin Ellis
William Chivers
Mal McKinney
Tim Maloney
Joe Clennell
William Salisbury


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

S. Thompson (Referee)

Match Report

Ballymena fared badly in the last home match of the season when they met Bangor last Saturday at the Showgrounds, the visitors carrying off both points in what was a very dull game indeed.

Played in splendid weather the match attracted only a moderate attendance.

Bangor raided early and McKeen was in action in the first minute. Play travelled quickly to the other end where Shiels headed over from Kilpatrick's centre.

Disaster overtook Ballymena inside the first five minutes when Levett, from a free given against McNinch, placed the ball for Viney to steer it past McKeen for the opening goal. It was Bangor's first chance and they took it.

Following this reverse, Ballymena came more into prominence and both wingers dropped in beautiful crosses but the middle men could never convert them, try as they would, both Gilmore and Shiels missed good opportunities.

Later Gilmore shot on three consecutive occasions; always he found an opponent in the way, and the third time Moore ended ended the pressure.

Bangor came near getting number two in their next run when Salisbury found space to shoot. McKeen ran out to meet the ball but missed it, and Maloney shot into goal, but McDiarmid had fallen back to cover up and was fortunately well placed to effect a clearance.

The first corner of the match fell to Ballymena, but nothing came of it. Then Murphy accepted a pass from Gilmore, and running on his own he shot, but Moore saved. Armstrong had an equally good chance to score from another of Gilmore's passes, but he shot behind from close in. On their chances Ballymena should have been goals to the good.

At the end of thirty-two minutes Bangor increased their lead, Salisbury zipping in quickly to take advantage of a misunderstanding between Bassnett and McKeen.

Ballymena did all the pressing up to the interval, but in spite of forcing two corners the teams crossed over with the score still the same.

In the second half Ballymena shared even more of the play than they did in the first, but goals simply would not come. They swarmed round the Bangor goal on innumerable occasions, only to be baulked by a stone-wall defence which gave nothing way.

Howard, Shiels and Dalrymple each had tries, and once Gilmore missed the ball entirely as he raced in to intercept a centre from Murphy.

During most of this half the Ballymena backs stood on the half way line. the Bangor forwards scarcely over getting past this mark. The Bangor men packed their goal, kicking the ball anywhere as long as they got it away from the danger zone.

Several corners came Ballymena's way, but always the defence triumphed. A rather uninteresting game ended 2-0.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (16 May 1930)

Squad Statistics (as at May 10th, 1930)

1929-1930 All Time
James McKean (GK)23 2 - 2 -
Gordon McDiarmid23 39 - 84 -
Alfred Basnett37 321321
John McNinch26 34 - 751
Hugh Gilmore30 135267
Sidney Howard23 433794
Marcus Armstrong23 1 - 1 -
Jamie Shiels21 43288070
Thomas Kilpatrick35 292292
Johnny Dalrymple28 232232
John Murphy32 32133213

League Table (as at May 10th, 1930)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 26 19 4 3 42
2. Glentoran 26 16 4 6 36
3. Coleraine 26 14 4 8 32
4. Belfast Celtic 26 13 4 9 30
5. BALLYMENA 26 13 3 10 29
6. Bangor 26 12 5 9 29
7. Derry City 26 12 5 9 29
8. Glenavon 26 12 3 11 27
9. Distillery 26 12 3 11 27
10. Portadown 26 7 7 12 21
11. Newry 26 9 1 16 19
12. Ards 26 6 6 14 18
13. Larne 26 5 3 18 13
14. Cliftonville 26 5 2 19 12