Ballymena 5
Ards 1
League (Irish League)

5 - 1

League (Irish League)
Thursday, December 25th, 1930
Ballymena Showgrounds
2:30 PM Kick-off

James Gilmour 
James Gilmour 
Joseph Cassidy (5)
James Gilmour (10)
James Gilmour (30)
Barney Duffy (pen.) (76)

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
William Black
Billy McCandless
John McNinch
David Nelson
Robert Stewart
Sidney Howard
David Reid
Joseph Cassidy
Johnny Dalrymple
James Gilmour
John Murphy
Albert McDonald
Alex Vance
John Garrett
Tom Tighe
W. Burns
Barney Duffy
William Gough
Sandy Patton
Wilfie Davison
Jack Doherty
Herbie Harrison


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J. McClean (Belfast) (Referee)

Match Report

After five minutes' play Gilmour forced a corner, and from Dalrymple's flag kick Joseph Cassidy opened the scoring with a neat effort.

The Ards goal had to withstand very heavy pressure after this, Dalrymple, Murphy and Cassidy, all sending in terrific drives in quick succession which raised a chorus of 'Oh's' from the big crowd.

Ballymena were giving easily the more polish display, the whole team working well together in a series of attacks which kept the Ards defence on tenterhooks.

The only effort on the part of the visiting forwards up to now was a drive which Harrison sent over the bar. Patton followed suit with another a few minutes later.

In the Ballymena back division McNinch and McCandless were tackling splendidly, and judging by their form there was little chance of many goals coming from the Ards men.

At the end of fifteen minutes Cassidy started a class movement, in which he got the ball neatly out to Dalrymple, who crossed it in without a moment's hesitation for James Gilmour to head through number two.

The Ards backs got cute for the Ballymena forwards in the matter of offside, so that many promising attacks were spoiled. Gilmour led up to goal, but his shot misfired. However, James Gilmour redeemed himself in the next minute when from a neat pass from Cassidy he beat Garrett in a heading duel and ran through to score Ballymena's third.

Ards had a chance to reduce the lead when a penalty was given against Reid, but Garrett put the ball over the bar. Then Howard missed from three yards out, but quickly followed this incident came Ballymena's fourth goal, James Gilmour again beating Garrett and scoring after a nice passing bout between Cassidy and Dalrymple.

In this half Murphy was injured on the leg and limped about for the remainder of the match, and just before the interval Gilmour was laid out and had to be carried off.

When the teams reappeared the crowd saw Gilmour take the field again and gave him a great ovation. Murphy forced a corner in the opening minutes of this half, and then when the Ards men made ground McCandless made a spectacular clearance in the face of strong opposition.

The pace slackened considerably in this half, so that the match began to lose any little interest it had. Harrison got away on a clear field, and just as he was shaping for a shot McCandless ran across him and put him off.

Black, who made a brilliant save from Patton, it was distinguishing himself in the Ballymena goal, his display being well above the average.

With 31 minutes of this half gone a penalty was given against Nelson for a foul on Harrison, and Duffy scored with the kick. Ballymena then went out for another goal, James Gilmour eventually netting their fifth after a free-kick by Dalrymple.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (2 January 1931)

Squad Statistics (as at December 25th, 1930)

1930-1931 All Time
William Black (GK)21 16 - 16 -
Billy McCandless38 221221
John McNinch27 181942
David Nelson27 151371
Robert Stewart24 211211
Sidney Howard23 1269210
David Reid34 22 - 10311
Joseph Cassidy34 1966528
Johnny Dalrymple29 225467
James Gilmour28 5959
John Murphy32 21225435

League Table (as at December 25th, 1930)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Glentoran 19 17 1 1 35
2. Linfield 19 12 5 2 29
3. Belfast Celtic 19 13 3 3 29
4. Distillery 19 11 3 5 25
5. BALLYMENA 19 10 5 4 25
6. Ards 19 8 2 9 18
7. Derry City 19 8 2 9 18
8. Glenavon 19 7 2 10 16
9. Cliftonville 19 7 1 11 15
10. Coleraine 19 4 6 9 14
11. Larne 19 4 5 10 13
12. Portadown 19 4 4 11 12
13. Bangor 19 4 3 12 11
14. Newry 19 2 2 15 6