Ballymena 7
Portadown 1
League (Irish League)

7 - 1

League (Irish League)
Saturday, September 6th, 1930
Ballymena Showgrounds
3:00 PM Kick-off

Richard Shaw 
John Murphy 
William Kimlin 
Johnny Dalrymple 
Joseph Cassidy (8)
Robert Stewart (13)
John Murphy (62)
Fleming (50)

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
James McKean
William McCandless
Robert Stewart
John McNinch
David Reid
Joseph Cassidy
Richard Shaw
Johnny Dalrymple
Thomas Kilpatrick
John Murphy
William Kimlin
David Uprichard
David McClure
Thomas Coventry
James Douglas
John Lappin
Hugh Blair
Harry Johnston


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W. Cowan (Belfast) (Referee)

Match Report

On Saturday Ballymena followed up their splendid Gold Cup victory over Newry, whom they defeated by seven goals to nil, by inflicting a defeat of almost equal severity on Portadown, the final score being seven goals to one in favour of Ballymena. This match was, of course, under League auspices.

Having humbled Glentoran a week previously by taking both points from them, Portadown must have come to Ballymena with great expectations. It was the general opinion locally that Ballymena would have their work cut out for them if they were to capture a brace of points, and on this assumption a big crowd turned up to see the match. However, Ballymena soon showed their superiority in every department, and worked to such advantage that by half-time they had a lead of three goals.

Portadown reduced the lead early in the second half, and for a short time looked like scoring another, but a stubborn defence nullified their efforts. After this Ballymena again made a series of trustful attacks, the success of which may be judged by the fact that they scored four more goals. Portadown were hopelessly outclassed in this half.

Ballymena have thus scored fourteen goals in two consecutive matches, and have had only one scored against at them.

Though playing against both sun and wind Ballymena were first to get to close quarters. The first causality came early on when McGinn retired to the line for attention, but he was soon on the active list again.

A free to Ballymena put Shaw in possession, and oft he went for goal, but force of numbers beat him at the critical moment. Then Murphy dashed up the wing and turned the ball in to Shaw, who steered it to the winger again, and with a great drive he forced a corner, which proved abortive.

Eight minutes after the start Ballymena scored their first goal, when a triangular movement by Stewart, Kimlin and Murphy terminated in the last-named getting the ball in to Joseph Cassidy, who rustled the rigging with a terrific shot.

In a collision with McCandless, both Blair and McGinn, the Portadown right wing, were injured and went to the line for a few minutes. Another Ballymena attack in which Uprichard saved from Shaw, was followed by Fleming, the visitors' outside left, speeding up the wing. He made excellent progress on a clear field until he came the length of McNinch, who dispossessed him neatly.

Murphy had a tussle with two players, in the course of which he forced a corner, and from the flag kick Robert Stewart scored Ballymena's second goal. Two goals up at the end of thirteen minutes was indeed a flying start for Ballymena.

They were playing splendid football, far superior to that of Portadown, and up to the present were much the better team. Galvanised into renewed activity by this second reverse, Portadown made a fast raid on the home goal, Fleming sending across for Blair to send the ball whizzing past goal.

But it was only a short look-in which the visitors had, Ballymena resuming their purposeful attack and worrying the Portadown defence considerably. Cassidy sent a long pass up the field from which Kilpatrick forced a corner, and later Shaw forced another corner, from which Stewart headed over.

With McNinch outflanked at the opposite end, McCandless dashed across the field and robbed Fleming with ease. However, the visitors came back, and after McKean had saved from Fleming, a neat return shot came from Cochrane's foot and McCandless made a commendable clearance at the expense of a corner. A second corner followed, but both flag kicks were unfruitful.

Ballymena soon made headway again, and Cassidy dropped a nice pass out to the left where Murphy and Kimlin co-operated in a fine movement which ended in Richard Shaw accepting a pass from Kimlin and netting the third goal. The Light Blues still continued to dominate, but many promising attacks were spoiled by offside.

Uprichard in the Portadown goal was having a lively time. Reid headed over from a corner, and later Kimlin drove in hard, and the goalie was applauded for a very smart save. A corner conceded by Cassidy at the other end fortunately brought no dire result.

From Kilpatrick's pass, Cassidy drove over by inches, and then Fleming became active on the left and dropped the ball in front of goal, where a colleague headed in for McKean to save at full stretch at the expense of a corner.

The visitors' goal had another narrow escape when Kilpatrick sent in a pile driver and the ball struck the inside of the post and came right out again. Just before the interval McKean conceded another corner when saving from Coventry.

Both ends were visited in the early stages of the second half. Within five minutes from the resumption Portadown reduced the lead, Fleming getting away on the wing, when he looked suspiciously offside, and cutting in to beat McKean all the way.

But it was nearly all Ballymena's game after this. playing extraordinarily good football they kept the visitors bottled up in their own half of the field, and the forwards were a constant menace to Uprichard, who had his hands full. Every forward had a shot, Kimlin especially being well on the mark.

Meanwhile Fleming was off for six or seven minutes with an injury, and when he resumed it was noticed that he was injured. A sharp raid by the 'Ports' culminated in Blair shooting over the bar.

The home halves and forwards, working together with great precision, where now treating the crowd to an exhibition of sparkling football, and Kimlin, who was being well fed with good passes, frequently brought Uprichard into action. Ballymena's fourth goal came seventeen minutes after the restart. John Murphy accepting a pass from Shaw and beating Uprichard with a beauty.

A raid on the visitors' left looked dangerous until McNinch saved the situation at the expense of a corner. Another flag kick followed, but danger was averted. In their next attack Fleming shot, and after McKean had fisted the ball out Stewart transferred the scene of operations to the other half of the field, where shortly afterwards Kilpatrick played the ball well in front of goal for William Kimlin to head through Ballymena's fifth.

The goal had a narrow shave from the same player in the next minute. Uprichard being obliged to give away another corner in stopping a great shot. Murphy also shot twice in quick succession, and then lifted the ball in for Cassidy to have a try with a header, but the goalie was on the spot.

John Murphy, however, had the honour of scoring another goal a little later when he trapped a pass from Kilpatrick, tricked McClure, and landed the ball in the roof of the net.

Portadown had a number of spasmodic runs, but hey could never make much of an impression on the Ballymena defence, which again was rock-like. McNinch himself had a long shot for goal from his own half of the field, and it went straight fort the mark, Uprichard having to pick up.

In saving from Murphy the Portadown goalie fell on the ground, and in the course of a scuffle was injured, but was able to resume shortly afterwards, his reappearance between the sticks being the signal for an outburst of applause.

Reid, the Ballymena captain, retired from the game about five minutes before the finish, but even without him Ballymena still continued on the offensive. Murphy struck the crossbar a resounding whack with a fast drive, and later called Uprichard into action again.

In the closing minutes Jonathan Dalrymple, getting the ball well away out of a ruck of players, dribbled it towards the opposing goal, and while the other players, bot colleagues and opponents, stood calmly watching him he led up and scored Ballymena's seventh goal.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (12 September 1930)

Squad Statistics (as at September 6th, 1930)

1930-1931 All Time
James McKean (GK)24 3 - 6 -
Robert Stewart24 4141
John McNinch27 3 - 791
William McCandless36 5 - 5 -
David Reid34 5 - 8611
William Kimlin22 5373
Joseph Cassidy33 515123
Richard Shaw22 11296
John Murphy32 583821
Johnny Dalrymple29 52294
Thomas Kilpatrick35 51353

League Table (as at September 6th, 1930)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Glentoran 4 3 0 1 6
2. Belfast Celtic 4 3 0 1 6
3. BALLYMENA 4 2 1 1 5
4. Linfield 4 2 1 1 5
5. Distillery 4 2 1 1 5
6. Derry City 4 2 1 1 5
7. Larne 4 2 1 1 5
8. Newry 4 2 0 2 4
9. Glenavon 4 2 0 2 4
10. Cliftonville 4 2 0 2 4
11. Portadown 4 1 1 2 3
12. Ards 4 1 0 3 2
13. Coleraine 4 0 2 2 2
14. Bangor 4 0 0 4 0