Ballymena 1
Ards 1
County Antrim Shield (Round 1)


Ballymena
1 - 1
Ards 

County Antrim Shield (Round 1)
Wednesday, January 28th, 1931
Ballymena Showgrounds
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Johnny Dalrymple (11)
Jack Doherty (43)

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
James McKean
Billy McCandless
John McNinch
David Nelson
Robert Stewart
David Reid
Joseph Cassidy
Johnny Dalrymple
James Gilmour
Thomas Kilpatrick
Jamie Shiels
Albert McDonald
Alex Vance
John Garrett
Bob McGee
W. Burns
Barney Duffy
William Gough
Sandy Patton
Wilfie Davidson
Jack Doherty
Herbie Harrison

Bench
None.

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J. McClean (Belfast) (Referee)




Match Report


Ballymena should have won their County Antrim Shield match at the Showgrounds on Wednesday hands down, but weak finishing, a persistent holding on to the ball too long prevented them doing this.

Brisk play characterised the start, and in the course of the opening exchanges chances were missed on both sides. Davison first of all failing when he had an open goal in front of him, and Shiels and Gilmour spoiling each other at the opposite end.

At the end of eleven minutes Reid sent up a dropping shot, and as the ball bounced McDonald came out of goal, but Johnny Dalrymple
beat him for a possession and turned the ball into the net for the opening goal.

The Ards men fought back determinedly and there were occasions when only McNinch's splendid tackling kept them from scoring. For a long time after this though play was fast there was nothing of note to record. Much against the run of play, Ards scored a few minutes from the interval per Jack Doherty, leaving the score all square.

Play was evenly divided for the first quarter of an hour in the second half. Both goals had narrow escapes and both McKean and McDonald did excellent work. Harrison missed a great chance to score for Ards when only a few yards out, and at the opposite end Gilmore failed to use a couple of good opening to advantage. In the closing stages Ballymena monopolised the play, but ever-eagerness and short passing nullified their effort.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (30 January 1931)



Squad Statistics (as at January 28th, 1931)


1930-1931 All Time
Age
James McKean (GK)24 10 - 13 -
Billy McCandless38 311311
John McNinch27 2611022
David Nelson27 232452
Robert Stewart24 301301
David Reid34 31 - 11211
Joseph Cassidy34 2877429
Johnny Dalrymple29 276518
James Gilmour28 11171117
Thomas Kilpatrick35 151453
Jamie Shiels21 1799881



League Table (as at January 28th, 1931)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Glentoran 25 22 2 1 46
2. Linfield 25 15 6 4 36
3. Belfast Celtic 25 15 4 6 34
4. Distillery 25 14 4 7 32
5. BALLYMENA 25 13 5 7 31
6. Ards 25 11 4 10 26
7. Derry City 25 10 3 12 23
8. Cliftonville 25 10 2 13 22
9. Portadown 25 7 5 13 19
10. Bangor 25 7 4 14 18
11. Larne 25 6 6 13 18
12. Glenavon 24 7 3 14 17
13. Coleraine 24 5 6 13 16
14. Newry 25 4 2 19 10