Glentoran 0
Ballymena United 2
League (NIFL Premiership)


0 - 2

Ballymena United

League (NIFL Premiership)
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
The Oval
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Tony Kane (36)
Ross Redman (62)

Team Managers
Mick McDermott David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
23. Dayle Coleing
3. Marcus Kane
4. Luke McCullough
6. Chris Gallagher
10. Rory Donnelly
15. Patrick McClean
22. Conor McMenamin
24. Caolan Marron
27. Hrvoje Plum
28. Rhys Marshall
30. Jay Donnelly
Jordan Williamson .18
Jim Ervin .21
Trai Hume .20
Tony Kane .2
Conor Keeley .22
Ross Redman .3
Sean Graham .27
James Knowles .10
Joe McCready .32
Paul McElroy .14
Ryan Waide .16

5. Gael Bigirimana
7. Jamie McDonagh
8. Dale Gorman
11. Robbie McDaid
14. Cameron Stewart
18. Rory Brown
19. Ciaran O'Connor
Ross Glendinning .1
Spencer Beattie .29
Joshua Kelly .26
Andrew McGrory .17
Jude Winchester .7
Ben Wylie .28
Shay McCartan .15

Ciaran O'Connor for Caolan Marron (56)
Robbie McDaid for Chris Gallagher (64)
Dale Gorman for Hrvoje Plum (82)
Jude Winchester for James Knowles (65)
Joshua Kelly for Tony Kane (86)

Jay Donnelly (48)
Hrvoje Plum (68)
Dale Gorman (85)
Ross Redman (39)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Raymond Crangle (Referee)
Kristian Hanna & Mark O'Brien (Assistants)
Diarmuid Harrigan (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Ballymena United put in one of their performances of the season to defeat Glentoran 2-0 at The Oval on Tuesday evening.

Ballymena mixed things up for the trip to East Belfast with five changes to the starting XI, including starts for Jim Ervin and James Knowles against his former club.

In a damp and blustery capital, the much changed United side started well against their full time opponents. Glentoran threatened as expected and Jay Donnelly struck high and wide early on, but a good deal of the play was in the Glens' half. Ross Redman caused his old team a problem with a free kick onto the penalty spot which was pin-balled about before being cleared.

After the Braidmen's bright opening twenty minutes, Glentoran took a foothold in the game and cranked up the pressure on United, who stood firm. Conor McMenamin called Jordan Williamson into his first piece of action with a well hit strike from 25 yards, but Williamson was equal to it with a fine diving save to tip it over. Not long after a McMenamin cross deflected off Trai Hume and had Williamson scrambling, with the ball looping just wide.

Williamson was alert to deny McMenamin again with his feet at his near post, but as Ballymena saw out a difficult ten minutes, they came again themselves and took the lead in style. After the hosts had just about avoided an own goal by putting the ball narrowly over the crossbar, Tony Kane took the resulting corner which went through everyone, including the Glens 'keeper to go directly in at the far post.

It prompted a strong final ten minutes in the half for David Jeffrey's side who were playing with the strengthening wind. Knowles tried his luck from a long way out, with his well struck effort almost creeping in. In added time Conor Keeley headed a corner back across goal, with Dayle Coleing just about stopping the ball deflecting into the net, as a fantastic opening forty-five minutes from the Sky Blues saw them lead at the break.

With Glentoran in a rich vein of winning form, United may have expected a second half onslaught, but it didn't come as Ballymena continued to impress all over the park. Joe McCready playing one of the starring roles and tested Coleing early on in the half, but it was easily saved.

Glentoran were no doubt seeing more of the ball, but Ballymena's outstanding back line prevented many chances and on sixty two minutes it was Ballymena who grabbed a second. Again it came from a Kane corner, but this time it was Kane's cross which was flicked on at the near post, before Ross Redman popped up to bundle the ball home from close range.

Glentoran could've and maybe should've halved the deficit when Ruaidhri Donnelly picked out McMenamin in the six yard box, but he could only head wide. With Glens' chances still at a premium, the away side could've settled it when sub Jude Winchester played in Paul McElroy who raced in on goal, but under pressure from two Glenmen he struck his shot millimetres wide.

Glentoran had half chances late on with Ciaran O'Connor striking wide, Robbie McDaid doing similar and then Dale Gorman firing straight at Williamson, but in the end Ballymena comfortably saw the game out for a huge three points and a massive all round performance for ninety minutes.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (

Squad Statistics (as at March 9th, 2021)

2020-2021 All Time
Jordan Williamson (GK)25 14 - 30 -
Jim Ervin35 6 - 2593
Trai Hume18 211211
Tony Kane33 9135149
Conor Keeley23 9 - 9 -
Ross Redman31 222222
Sean Graham20 5 - 5 -
James Knowles27 6 - 516
Joe McCready30 151202
Paul McElroy26 227227
Ryan Waide21 19 - 19 -
Jude Winchester (sub)27 1728010
Joshua Kelly (sub)22 191513

League Table (as at March 9th, 2021)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 23 15 3 5 48
2. Coleraine 22 13 4 5 43
3. Crusaders 23 12 3 8 39
4. Larne 22 10 7 5 37
5. Glentoran 21 10 6 5 36
6. Cliftonville 24 10 6 8 36
7. BALLYMENA UTD 22 9 4 9 31
8. Glenavon 21 8 7 6 31
9. Warrenpoint Town 21 6 5 10 23
10. Portadown 21 3 6 12 15
11. Carrick 21 3 4 14 13
12. Dungannon 21 3 3 15 12