Portadown 3
Ballymena 1
League (Irish League)


3 - 1


League (Irish League)
Saturday, December 13th, 1930
Shamrock Park
2:30 PM Kick-off

Harry Johnston (17)
Harry Johnston (32)
Joseph Sayers (85)
James Gilmour (41)

Team Managers
Selection Committee Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
David Uprichard
David McClure
Charles Magowan
Robert Hunter
Tom Edwards
John Lappin
Hugh Blair
Joseph Sayers
Harry Johnston
John Weir

[David] Uprichard, [David] McClure, [Charles] Magowan, [Robert] Hunter, [Tom] Edwards, [John] Lappin, [Hugh] Blair*, [Joseph] Sayers, [Harry] Johnston, McDonnell, [John] Weir
William Black
Billy McCandless
David Nelson
Robert Stewart
Sidney Howard
David Reid
Johnny Dalrymple
James Gilmour
William Kimlin
John Murphy
Jamie Shiels


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

W. McClean (Belfast) (Referee)

Match Report

Ballymena's form at Portadown last Saturday was quite the poorest they have shown this season, if not actually the poorest since their entry into football.

Earlier in the season when these teams met at the Showgrounds, Ballymena scored seven goals but when we remembered their mediocre display against Coleraine a week previously it did not tend to induce any undue amount of optimism amongst their supporters, only a handful of whom travelled to the Mid-Ulster town.

Portadown started well, scoring two goals before Ballymena replied with one per Gilmour. Splendid chances were missed by both sets of forwards, otherwise the score might have been greater at the interval. On the run of the play Ballymena were unlucky in a way to be behind at the change-over, but the week finishing of the forwards was to be blamed for this.

In the second half the visitors did a large part of the attacking but again was little understanding between the forwards and halves, and again their finishing was anything but perfect.

Portadown exerted pressure towards the end, and Sayers scored a rather soft goal when Black had left his place between the sticks.

It was a dismal game throughout, thrills being conspicuous by their absence.

The match started briskly with Portadown receiving a corner owing to Nelson miskicking. In the next minute Johnston drove in a long shot which whizzed past the post.

Then Ballymena got going, and Kimlin lashed the ball out to Murphy, who forced a corner off McClure. Murphy got the ball well across from the flag-kick, and Kimlin missed a sitter right in front of goal. Another corner followed, but also proved futile. Stewart shot and Uprichard saved but over-carried the ball, and a free was given against him, but a free against Ballymena eased the pressure.

In their next attack Ballymena received a free, taken by McCandless, but Uprichard kicked clear from the goal line. Portadown retailiated with a vigorous attack, in which Sayers and Blair co-operated well, but the winger's parting shot sailed high over the bar.

Ballymena were at the other end in a few seconds, and Uprichard picked up a good shot from Murphy. Then Dalrymple had a great opportunity to open the scoring when he led in on a clear field but his shot misfired. On the Portadown right wing Blair was being well fed with passes, yet he was failing signally to turn him to good account.

After many failures he at least managed to get across a tidy centre, and after Black had pulled down the shot, but failed to hold the ball, Harry Johnston raced in and scored a beauty. Seventeen minutes had now gone.

Murphy, who was about the only Ballymena forward up to the moment who was showing anything like good form, forced a corner but the ball was cleared.

The Ballymena goal escaped disaster by a hairsbreadth when Black ran out to kick clear and the ball skidded off his foot for a corner. Johnston missed a gift when McCandless made a weak clearance, and then Black conceded another corner.

The Ballymena defence was being severely taxed at the moment, and a free against Reid did not help matters. At this stage Shiels and Gilmour exchanged places, but little improvement was effected.

After a period of defensive work the visitors made headway, and Murphy forced yet another corner, but without result. The same player later dropped the ball, in front of goal and Shiels headed narrowly past.

Portadown's second goal came when McCandless made an erratic clearance and Weir got the ball across for Blair to test Black, who dropped the ball and Johnston, who was lying handy, put on the finishing touch at the end of 32 minutes play.

Ballymena were still finishing poorly, but matters improved when a nice movement between Gilmour and Murphy ended in James Gilmour reducing the lead after shots from Shiels and Kimlin had failed to reach their objective.

Play recommenced without the teams leaving the field. Portadown were first to be dangerous, Blair carrying play right up to the Ballymena goal and passing to Weir, who, however, failed miserably when he was clean through.

Then Ballymena became active, and Dalrymple lobbed the ball across for Murphy to test Uprichard. Kimlin was playing a particularly good game now, but much of his work was lost owing to the insufficient backing he received.

Play was stopped for a period owing to Magowan receiving the full force on the head of a fast ball from Murphy. Two corners to Portadown brought danger to the visitors' goal, and from the second Blair failed badly when well placed.

Receiving a neat pass from Howard, Dalrymple drove the ball across to Murphy, but the bounce of the ball spoiled the left-winger's effort.

McCandless, who was bearing all the brunt of the oppsing attack on the right wing got through some particularly good work on occasions when failure to stop them would have been fatal.

He was getting the ball up well to the forwards, but the front line could make little impression. Reid had a try on his own, but Uprichard was safe, and then Dalrymple led in and placed beautifully to Shiels, who missed a glorious opening.

There was very little play on the Ballymena left wing in this half, Murphy being a mere spectator the most of the time. However, the ball came his way again, and he fired in a teaser which Uprichard brought down, but none of the inside men was up to finish off the effort.

Dalrymple was injured and went to the line for attention. In the closing stages Portadown exerted great pressure and shortly before the finish Joseph Sayers added a third, shooting easily into an untenanted goal.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (19 December 1930)

Squad Statistics (as at December 13th, 1930)

1930-1931 All Time
William Black (GK)21 15 - 15 -
Billy McCandless37 201201
David Nelson27 131351
Robert Stewart24 191191
Sidney Howard23 1069010
David Reid34 20 - 10111
Johnny Dalrymple29 205447
James Gilmour28 3333
William Kimlin22 93113
John Murphy32 19225235
Jamie Shiels21 1169278

League Table (as at December 13th, 1930)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Glentoran 17 16 0 1 32
2. Linfield 17 11 4 2 26
3. Belfast Celtic 17 11 3 3 25
4. BALLYMENA 17 9 4 4 22
5. Distillery 17 9 3 5 21
6. Ards 17 7 2 8 16
7. Derry City 17 7 2 8 16
8. Glenavon 17 7 2 8 16
9. Cliftonville 17 6 1 10 13
10. Coleraine 17 3 6 8 12
11. Bangor 17 4 3 10 11
12. Portadown 17 4 3 10 11
13. Larne 17 3 5 9 11
14. Newry 17 2 2 13 6