Ballymena 4
Cliftonville 2
City Cup

4 - 2

City Cup
Wednesday, February 11th, 1931
Ballymena Showgrounds
3:00 PM Kick-off

James Gilmour 
James Gilmour 
John Murphy (9)
James Gilmour (88)
Edward Mitchell (11)
Edward Mitchell

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
James McKean
Billy McCandless
David Nelson
Robert Stewart
William McCready
David Reid
Joseph Cassidy
James Gilmour
Thomas Kilpatrick
John Murphy
Jamie Shiels
Alfred Gardiner
Robert Falloon
James McClelland
Edward Mitchell
Bob Lynn
James Millar
James Hume


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

S. Thompson (Belfast) (Referee)

Match Report

Ballymena made a good start in the City Cup competition by defeating Cliftonville by four goals to two at the Showgrounds on Wednesday.

The score is even not a proper index to the play, for the first half Ballymena, despite playing against a stiff breeze, held the balance, and in the second they monopolised the game. There was one change in the team from the one which beat Derry City last Saturday, McNinch being off ill and McCready coming on at right half. Nelson dropped back to left back.

Nine minutes from the start John Murphy opened the scoring after a nice passing bout by the inside forwards. A few minutes later McKean presented Cliftonville with a goal when in saving a shot from Casey he scooped the ball to the feet of Edward Mitchell, who found no trouble in netting.

In the face of a breeze which reached almost gale force at times and was accompanied by blinding rain, Ballymena forced the pace, but strange to say it was Cliftonville who went ahead, Edward Mitchell scoring their second goal following a corner.

Cassidy, who was in his element, was the master mind of the Ballymena forwards, and it was largely due to the good work by him that Ballymena drew level. Accepting a pass from Shiels he beat a trio of opponents and placed the ball nicely for Kilpatrick to touch it neatly to James Gilmour, who beat Gardiner all the way.

Two minutes later James Gilmour ran through from Murphy's pass and gave Ballymena the lead.

Play was confined to the Cliftonville end nearly all the second half. In fact, McKean only handled the ball once, at the end of twenty-five minutes after the resumption, when he saved well from Mitchell.

Ballymena gave a great display of football in this half, but found Gardiner difficult to beat. All the forwards and Reid and Stewart had drives at goal, but it was left to James Gilmour to add the fourth from Stewart's pass a few minutes from the end.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (13 February 1931)

Squad Statistics (as at February 11th, 1931)

1930-1931 All Time
James McKean (GK)24 14 - 17 -
Billy McCandless38 341341
David Nelson27 262482
Robert Stewart24 331331
William McCready16 3 - 3 -
David Reid34 34 - 11511
Joseph Cassidy34 3277829
James Gilmour28 14211421
Thomas Kilpatrick35 182484
John Murphy33 25245837
Jamie Shiels22 20910181

League Table (as at February 11th, 1931)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Glentoran 26 22 3 1 47
2. Linfield 26 16 6 4 38
3. Belfast Celtic 26 16 4 6 36
4. Distillery 26 15 4 7 34
5. BALLYMENA 26 13 5 8 31
6. Ards 26 11 5 10 27
7. Derry City 26 10 4 12 24
8. Cliftonville 26 11 2 13 24
9. Portadown 26 7 5 14 19
10. Bangor 26 7 5 14 19
11. Glenavon 26 8 3 15 19
12. Coleraine 26 6 6 14 18
13. Larne 26 6 6 14 18
14. Newry 26 4 2 20 10