Ballymena 6
Newry Town (City) 2
League (Irish League)

6 - 2

League (Irish League)
Saturday, January 2nd, 1932
Ballymena Showgrounds
3:00 PM Kick-off

Andrew Haddow (16)
J.P. Surgenor (20)
Robert Stoddart (32)
J.P. Surgenor (48)
Robert Stoddart (58)
J.P. Surgenor (80)
John Feenan (9)
Peter Corrigan (30)

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
William McDowell
Billy McCandless
James Surgenor
John McNinch
Robert Stewart
J.P. Surgenor
William Cox
Andrew Haddow
David Hodge
William Hood
Robert Stoddart
Thomas Breen
John Feenan
Thomas Lynch
Alec Morton
Thomas Donnelly
Peter Corrigan
David Keyes
Dominic Cunningham


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

S. Thompson (Belfast) (Referee)

Match Report

Playing without King, Barr and Murphy, who were given a rest in view of Saturday's Irish Cup tie against Glentoran, and also without Flannigan whose toe injury has made him an absentee for several weeks, Ballymena won a sweeping victory over Newry Town at the Showgrounds last Saturday, scoring six goals to their opponents' two.

Of Ballymena's six goals Surgenor, who deputised for Barr, scored three, and Stoddart two, while Haddow got the other. Feenan and Corrigan scored for Newry.

The improved form shown by Newry Town in recent matches raised hopes of a tough battle for the points, especially as Ballymena were under full strength. This was not the case, however, Ballymena becoming masters of the situation and winning rather easily a match in which their subs played an effective part.

McDowell, an amateur from Ballycarry, who played in practice matches before the start of the season, deputised for King in the Ballymena goal. The two Surgenors were again included, one at centre-half and the other at centre-forward while Hodge, who has now recovered from the ankle injury he received early in the season, came on at outside left.

Playing towards the Slemish end with the breeze behind them, Ballymena forced a corner in the first minute, but the defence prevailed. Cox was on the mark with a good shot which Breen saved, and then Hood placed for Hodge to have a try. Hodge, fed by good passes from Stewart, made further attempts, one good shot being blocked, and Ballymena continued to do all the pressing, especially on the right, where Haddow and Cox were responsible for clever work.

After a shot from Stoddart had been dealt with by Breen, the Newry men penetrated well into the home end for the first time, and from the free kick about twenty-five yards out John Feenan drove the ball hard into the roof of the net for the opening goal at the end of nine minutes' play. This was, indeed, a surprise for Ballymena, who up to the moment had been all over their opponents.

Applying renewed pressure Ballymena forced another corner, but the visitors broke away again and did famously until McCandless took the ball from Donnelly, then beat McDonald, and cleared. Ballymena's luck turned with their third corner, taken by Hodge. When the ball sailed across Andrew Haddow hooked it with the toe of his boot over his own and other players' heads into the corner of the net well out of Breen's reach. This equalising goal came seven minutes after Newry's.

The Light Blues continued to attack, and Breen held another shot from Cox. Twenty minutes from the kick-off another corner was awarded to the homesters, and from Cox's flag kick J.P. Surgenor, the centre-forward, headed through their second. McDonald was hurt and went to the line for repairs, but soon resumed. Meanwhile Balymena kept up a running attack, in which Hodge and Surgenor tested Breen, who was proving his worth.

At length Newry turned defence into attack and came away on the left. McNinch failed to clear, and Peter Corrigan dashed in and beat McDowell easily.

Inside a minute Ballymena had resumed the lead, Surgenor heading neatly for Robert Stoddart to drive in a great first-timer which fairly agitated the rigging.

All three half-backs were giving the forwards splendid support, and up to the interval they did all the attacking. They were doing so well that even McCandless raced up once when the ball came out after a corner kick and essayed a try on his own.

Even against the wind Ballymena continued to press, and three minutes from the resumption Surgenor, the centre-half, lobbed up a long shot into goal. Breen came out to get the ball, but centre-forward J.P. Surgenor slid in with his feet and pushed it past the goalie into the net. This was a case in point which demonstrated the wisdom of following up.

Now two goals behind, the visitors put more spirit into their work, and McDowell was applauded for a good save from Montgomery. The attack, however, did not last long, and now it was Ballymena's turn again. Cox took a nice pass from Hood and cut across but got entangled with several opponents in the goal vicinity and was injured, but resumed almost immediately.

It was largely owing to Cox's clever work that Ballymena got their fifth goal, which came ten minutes after the restart. Accepting a pass from Haddow he dashed in and booted the ball across to Hodge, from whose return Robert Stoddart scored with an express shot.

McDonald saved again from Feenan, and then Surgenor, the home leader, took a pass from Stoddart and got away on a clear field. A goal seemed certain, but alas he sent wide when Breen advanced to meet him. This performance was repeated in the next minute when Surgenor got clean through again, only to finish as before.

The referee showed unusual clemency when Cox twice received several charges from behind when well inside the penalty area. When the home goal was in danger Hood eased the pressure by toeing the ball back to McDowell, who showed more confidence this half, and picked up the ball cleanly.

The Light Blues raced away again, and from Hodge's corner-kick Surgenor headed against the post, and a regular melee followed in the goal-mouth, but eventually the ball was cleared out of the danger zone.

Occasionally Newry had a look-in, but all their efforts were frustrated by a steady defence. McDowell made a brilliant save from another of Feenan's free kicks, but apart from these was not seriously troubled.

With ten minutes to go, Ballymena piled on a sixth goal, Cox outwitting the goalkeeper and three others and putting across for J.P. Surgenor to score his third. In the remaining exchanges, which were difficult to follow owing to the fading light, Newry were always keen, but retired well beaten.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (8 January 1932)

Squad Statistics (as at January 2nd, 1932)

1931-1932 All Time
William McDowell (GK) - 1 - 1 -
John McNinch28 2241396
James Surgenor21 6 - 6 -
Robert Stewart25 241672
Billy McCandless39 211682
David Hodge22 4 - 4 -
J.P. Surgenor22 3434
William Hood - 14 - 14 -
William Cox - 216216
Andrew Haddow28 174174
Robert Stoddart30 117117

League Table (as at January 2nd, 1932)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 19 15 3 1 33
2. Derry City 20 12 5 3 29
3. Belfast Celtic 20 12 5 3 29
4. Glentoran 20 12 3 5 27
5. Coleraine 20 9 5 6 23
6. BALLYMENA 19 7 5 7 19
7. Portadown 20 7 5 8 19
8. Cliftonville 20 7 4 9 18
9. Distillery 20 6 6 8 18
10. Newry 20 7 2 11 16
11. Glenavon 20 6 4 10 16
12. Larne 20 4 5 11 13
13. Ards 20 3 4 13 10
14. Bangor 20 1 6 13 8