7 - 0
7 - 0
Gold Cup (Round 1)
Jamie Shiels (28)
John Murphy (34)
Jamie Shiels (62)
J. McClean (Referee)
Ballymena gained a signal triumph over Newry in the first round of the Gold Cup on Wednesday evening, defeating them before a big crowd of spectators by the very handsome margin of seven goals to nil.
It is the first time in their career that they have entered the second round of this competition, the initial rounds in the two previous seasons proving a stumbling block each time, but on Wednesday evening they cleared the hurdle easily and with plenty to spare. We were not quite sure how much opposition Newry would offer, yet there was an optimistic feeling locally regarding the match, but while Ballymena were confidently expected to survive the first round there were very few people, if any, I venture to say, who entertained the thought of such a smashing victory.
As the score indicates, Ballymena were on the top of their form. Right from the start they looked a winning team, playing pretty football from the kick-off and raiding the enemy's goal times without number. In the early stages glorious chances came their way, Murphy and Shiels both failing when well placed, but later in the game both made ample amends.
Cassidy also was anxious for a goal, but he. too, was off the mark. After a spell of defensive work, in which the backs and the goalie were sorely tried, Newry made intermittent attacks, but they found the home defence impenetrable, McCandless, McNinch and McKean being more than a match for them,
The visiting forwards often got to close quarters, and more than once they looked on the point of scoring, but always some one of above trio cleared the lines. It was a magnificent defence, steady as a rock, and cool and collected.
The match was twenty-eight minutes old before the first goal came. Stewart lifted the ball well into goal from a free kick and Shiels helped it through, the goal making a vain effort to avert disaster.
Six minutes later Ballymena got their second goal, and the play leading up to it was delightful to watch. A few deft touches by Cassidy enabled him to draw his opponents and get the ball well out to Kilpatrick, who beat his man and dropped the ball into a patch in front of goal, where Murphy made sure he lodged it safely in the rigging. Shiels had the hardest of lines in not adding to the score in this half.
With a lead of two goals and the advantage of a light breeze Ballymena were in a favoured position at he start of the second half. It was Newry, however, who gave the crowd the first thrill, Lennon sending in a pile-driver which McKean saved brilliantly. It was a shot which demanded swift action and sure handling, and McKean excelled in both these points, a fact which drew the unstinted applause of the crowd.
This was Newry's only look-in for a long time, Ballymena having an almost entire monopoly of the play over a lengthy period. The home forwards, halves, and backs, working advantageously together, almost swept Newry off their feet in a series of well-built up attacks, and only wonder was how the visitors' goal escaped further disaster for the space of seventeen minutes.
At the end of that time Kilpatrick got possession, after the ball had been scrambled y the referee, and punted it across to Shiels, who dashed in and scored Ballymena's third.
A minute later Shiels turned in a beauty which Strain turned over the bar for a corner. The fourth goal came when Cassidy placed well for Murphy to beat Strain all the way with a dandy shot.
Match report written by Ballymena Observer (5 September 1930)
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