Belfast Celtic 2
Ballymena 0
County Antrim Shield (Quarter final)

Belfast Celtic 

2 - 0


County Antrim Shield (Quarter final)
Wednesday, February 24th, 1932
Celtic Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Billy Firth (77)
N. Doherty (88)

Team Managers
Archie Heggarty Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
George Wilson
Alexander Wright
Bertie Fulton
William Pollock
Samuel Moore
Eddie Inch
N. Doherty
George Frewen
Billy Firth
Jack Coulter
Jack Mahood
James King
Billy McCandless
John McNinch
Robert Stewart
James Surgenor
David Flannigan
John Barr
William Cox
William Hood
John Murphy
Robert Stoddart


None. None.

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Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Photography by Newsletter

Match Report

Celtic defeated Ballymena by two goals to nil in the second round of the County Antrim Shield at Celtic Park yesterday afternoon.

The game from the start was a dull affair, both teams getting a number of fine chances, but making nothing of them. In the early minutes Ballymena broke away, and had Celtic on the defensive, and Wilson had a troublesome time stopping a few of Murphy's first-time efforts.

Firth broke away and dribbled the ball right through, but held on too long, and McCandless managed to deflect the ball past the post. Both teams' forwards, especially Celtic's played clever football, but their manners of finishing was hopeless.

Ballymena's best scoring effort came after twenty-five minutes' play when Stoddart fully extended Wilson with a splendid shot. After 30 minutes Ballymena were awarded a penalty when Barr, after almost through was brought down heavily by Wright, but McNinch put the ball wide of the upright.

Both defences showed a marked improvement, especially Ballymena's, McNinch being impressive on his first-time clearances and McCandless always on the alert.

In the second half the game opened at a very fast pace, both teams adopting more thrustful tactics. Firth took a first-time drive at goal from an angle. King was well beaten but the ball struck the inside of the upright and came out again.

After thirty-two minutes of the second half had elapsed the first goal was scored. When Doherty centred, King was unsighted, and Billy Firth headed through.

The game livened up considerably and the Ballymena was frequently tested, and with two minutes to go Doherty scored Celtic's second goal.

On the whole both defences gave remarkably good displays, but neither goalkeeper was tested to any great extent. Flannigan was a trifle slow, but played good football. Barr was a trier and covered a lot of ground.

In the Celtic goal Wilson was cool, and Wright and Fulton both played well at back. Of the forwards Firth was perhaps the best. Coulter also played a steady game but Mahood was not up to the usual standard.

Match report written by Belfast Newsletter (25 February 1932)

Squad Statistics (as at February 24th, 1932)

1931-1932 All Time
James King (GK)24 33 - 33 -
Billy McCandless39 321792
John McNinch28 3361508
Robert Stewart25 353784
James Surgenor21 17 - 17 -
David Flannigan26 151151
John Barr27 26282628
William Cox - 319319
William Hood - 251251
John Murphy34 1968955
Robert Stoddart30 21112111

League Table (as at February 24th, 1932)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 24 19 3 2 41
2. Derry City 26 16 6 4 38
3. Coleraine 26 13 6 7 32
4. Glentoran 26 12 7 7 31
5. Belfast Celtic 25 13 5 7 31
6. BALLYMENA 25 11 5 9 27
7. Cliftonville 26 11 5 10 27
8. Distillery 26 8 7 11 23
9. Portadown 25 8 6 11 22
10. Newry 26 9 4 13 22
11. Glenavon 26 7 5 14 19
12. Larne 26 6 7 13 19
13. Ards 26 6 4 16 16
14. Bangor 25 2 6 17 10