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League (Irish League)
Sandy Patton (8)
George Turkington (10)
J. McClean (Belfast) (Referee)
Ballymena recovered a good deal of their lost form last Saturday when they defeated Ards by 6 goals to three at the latter team's ground. The match was played on a sodden pitch, patches of which afford very insecure foothold, but on the whole it did not affect the play to any considerable extent.
Ards went ahead at the end of eight minutes, scoring per Patton, but Turkington equalised two minutes later. The homesters again got on top, Lyness scoring at the second attempt, and although Ballymena were awarded a penalty, they failed to get on level terms until later, when Murphy scored their second. The same player gave them the lead before the interval.
Ballymena infinitely the superior team in the second half, and early on Turkington put them further ahead. Patton reduced the lead from a free, but both Murphy and Turkington again netted, bringing their total to three goals each, Ballymena thus winning very comfortably.
Ards went off with a rush at the start, and in the first minute Patton fired in a shot over the bar. At the other end McDonald saved from Cassidy, and later 'hands' spoiled Turkington when he was almost on the point of scoring.
Offside on two other occasions pulled up the Ballymena attack. Then Ards again reasserted themselves, Gough finishing by sending narrowly over the bar. A corner to the homesters brought further danger, but Black saved well from Davidson, who picked up from Quinn.
Ards took the lead at the end of eight minutes, Sandy Patton accepting a pass from Burns and steering the ball past Black with a left foot drive. Davidson, the home centre forward had a grand opening a minute later, but Black blocked him, and then the Ards leader again got possession, but Nelson covered him well and eventually eased the pressure,
Two minutes after Ards had taken the lead Ballymena got on equal terms, when George Turkington led in from Dalrymple's pass and scored after beating both backs. The Ballymena forwards were soon back in the danger zone, where some neat work by Turkington, Murphy and O'Reilly ended in the last-named being robbed in front of goal.
From Kilpatrick's cross Murphy shot right across goal with a first-timer, but his next shot gave McDonald some trouble.
Against the run of the play just at the moment Ards took the lead, McGee opening up the way for Lyness to dash through and lodge the ball in the net.
At the opposite end McDonald saved from Turkington, and a moment later Ballymena were awarded a penalty for a foul by Garrett on Murphy. Cassidy took the spot kick and piloted the ball towards the corner of the net, but McDonald dived and smothered the shot, to the great delight of the home crowd.
Within the next two minutes Ballymena were on level terms once more, McCandless dropping the ball on Turkington's head, and the latter heading out to John Murphy, who outwitted Garrett and beat McDonald with a clever shot.
Ballymena improved further, and Cassidy and Kilpatrick indulged in clever combination on the right wing, the former finishing with a shot which was just a trifle wide. Black saved from Gough, and again Ballymena attacked and Cassidy shot across goal and struck the upright, and the ball rebounded out past O'Reilly and Murphy, who were unlucky not to intercept it.
Black saved a great shot from Gough, and the next minute Turkington led up the field and after beating Garrett he passed to John Murphy, who had crossed into the centre of the field and who scored a beauty.
Two corners fell to Ards shortly after the resumption, but the Ballymena defence stood firm. Then Murphy hashed along the wing and centred in to Cassidy, whose shot was slightly high. Quinn, the Ards outside-left, found himself in possession directly in front of goal, but finshed poorly, his shot going behind.
Working energetically for a bigger lead Ballymena went all out in their next attack, in the course of which Cassidy placed neatly for George Turkington to cut in and score their fourth with a grounder. However, the increased lead did not stand long, for a few minutes later Sandy Patton scored from a free given for a foul thrown-in against Dalrymple, Black making valiant efforts to save.
Afterwards Ballymena played better than ever, showing penetaritve power and shooting abilites. Turkington delivered a fast shot which McDonald saved and then when John Murphy was placed in possession he cut in and after shaking off three or four opponents he was baulked by McDonald, but he regained possession and ended a brilliant piece of work by scoring Ballymena's fifth.
Another foul throw-in gave Ards a further chance, and only Black's fine save stopped Lyness from scoring from a corner which followed the free kick.
Still playing impressive football, Ballymena worked their way to the other end, where Dalrymple centred for Turkington to head narrowly over. In a tussle for the ball Kilpatrick got a nasty kick to the right ankle, the thud of the impact being clearly heard all over the ground. He had to be helped to the pavillion, and was an absentee for the remainder of the match - some twenty minutes.
Patton of Ards, went to the line with an injury in the next minute, but he was able to resume shortly. Quinn had a golden opportunity to score, but misused it, and then when Burns took a free kick McCandless stopped the terrific drive with his head.
With Kilpatrick off the right wing Cassidy and Dalrymple had a great deal more to do, and both of them worked harder than ever and with much success, Cassidy scheming brilliantly and placing for Dalrymple to get the ball across time after time.
Good combination by Cassidy and Turkington enabled Murphy to have a shot which McDonald saved at the corner of the post. Again Murphy drove in hard after beating three opponents, but McDonald was on the spot.
'Hands' against Dalrymple brought danger to the Ballymena goal, but Reid who struck good form in this match, headed back for Black to clear. In the closing minutes O'Reilly let Murphy away, and the latter centred nicely for George Turkington to add the sixth.
Match report written by Ballymena Observer (26 September 1930)
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