Ballymena 6
Glenavon 1
League (Irish League)

6 - 1

League (Irish League)
Wednesday, January 21st, 1931
Ballymena Showgrounds
2:45 PM Kick-off

James Gilmour 
Joseph Cassidy 
John Murphy (13)
James Gilmour (20)
Jamie Shiels (57)
James Gilmour (58)

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
Robin Blair
Billy McCandless
John McNinch
David Nelson
Robert Stewart
David Reid
Joseph Cassidy
James Gilmour
Thomas Kilpatrick
John Murphy
Jamie Shiels
Pete McMahon
Mick Hoy
George Silcock
Edward Kerr
Jack Madill


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J. McClean (Belfast) (Referee)

Match Report

Ballymena gave the most delightful display of football they have given for some time when they met Glenavon at the Showgrounds on Wednesday, under league auspices.

They seemed a different team altogether from the one which was defeated at Larne on Saturday, and this was due in a large measure to the reappearance in the ranks of McNinch, Gilmour, and Murphy. Dalrymple was off with an injured ankle, and Blair guarded the sticks.

From the kick-off the whole team moved splendidly, playing first-class football and carrying danger with every attack. Every line was sound, with the possible exception of Blair, who was not quite so happy in goal as he was at Derry a few weeks ago.

Kilpatrick started off with a couple of flying centres, and on the extreme wing Murphy, showing up-to-the-mark form, bluffed everybody and got across a lovely ball which Gilmour failed to use in the goal mouth.

After a purely defensive game for the first five minutes, Glenavon broke away and Blair fumbled a back-pass from McCandless, conceding a corner. Danger was averted, however, and Ballymena went off on a concerted attack in which Murphy placed Gilmour in possession, but the latter's shot cannoned off an opponent's foot and Kilpatrick headed in for McMahon to save and clear his lines.

Glenavon forced another unsuccessful corner and then Reid initiated a movement in which Stewart placed for John Murphy to run right through and register the first goal at the end of thirteen minutes.

McMahon saved shots from Shiels, Murphy, and Gilmour in turn, and later Murphy brought the Glenavon goalie to his knees with a pile-driver which he failed to hold, and James Gilmour, who was lying close in, scored the second.

Glenavon reduced the lead a few minutes later, the score being largely the result of the referee failing to give a free for 'hands' against one of the visitors. Taking advantage of a momentary lull in the play, Glenavon attacked and when McNinch only made a partial clearance with his head the Glenavon front line broke through, and Irvine scored after Blair had saved a previous shot.

Reid very nearly added to the score with hooker which McMahon saved. Ballymena attacked strongly, and before the interval James Gilmour scored the third and Joseph Cassidy the fourth.

In the second half Ballymena had a monopoly of play, Glenavon never being impressive. Jamie Shiels scored the fifth, following a corner, and James Gilmour netted the sixth. With such a big lead Ballymena did not put the same thrust into their work; nevertheless they continued to play beautiful football.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (23 January 1931)

Squad Statistics (as at January 21st, 1931)

1930-1931 All Time
Robin Blair (GK)22 3 - 3 -
Billy McCandless38 291291
John McNinch27 2411002
David Nelson27 212432
Robert Stewart24 281281
David Reid34 29 - 11011
Joseph Cassidy34 2677229
James Gilmour28 10171017
Thomas Kilpatrick35 131433
John Murphy32 23235636
Jamie Shiels21 1599681

League Table (as at January 21st, 1931)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Glentoran 24 21 2 1 44
2. Linfield 24 14 6 4 34
3. Belfast Celtic 24 15 4 5 34
4. Distillery 24 14 4 6 32
5. BALLYMENA 24 13 5 6 31
6. Ards 24 11 3 10 25
7. Derry City 24 10 3 11 23
8. Cliftonville 24 10 2 12 22
9. Portadown 24 6 5 13 17
10. Glenavon 23 7 3 13 17
11. Larne 24 6 5 13 17
12. Coleraine 22 4 6 12 14
13. Bangor 23 5 4 14 14
14. Newry 24 3 2 19 8