Annagh United 2
Ballymena United 4
League Cup (Round 2)

Annagh United 

2 - 4

Ballymena United

League Cup (Round 2)
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
Tandragee Road
7:45 PM Kick-off

Jordan Campbell (56)
Stephen Murray (pen.) (65)
Conor Keeley (44)
Paul McElroy (pen.) (70)
Conor Keeley (75)
Jude Winchester (90)

Team Managers
Ciaran McGurgan David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
1. Eoin Hughes
2. Owen McConville
4. Jordan Campbell
7. Robbie Norton
10. Stephen Murray
14. Ruairi McDonald
15. Jake Richardson
16. James McCormack
17. Aaron Rogers
18. Lee Upton
23. Ryan Moffatt
Sam Johnston .26
Douglas Wilson .4
Lee Chapman .2
Ross Redman .3
Christopher Rodgers .15
Conor Keeley .22
Daniel Bramall .18
Leroy Millar .23
Jude Winchester .7
Paul McElroy .9
Ryan Waide .10

21. Matthew Short
6. Ryan Harpur
8. Niall Henderson
9. Peter Duffin
11. Craig Taylor
20. Gerard Kerr
24. Tiarnan McDonald
Jordan Williamson .1
Caolan Loughran .21
Spencer Beattie .29
Owen McKeown .6
Jack Henderson .14
Kenny Kane .12
Brendan Barr .16

Peter Duffin for Jake Richardson (46)
Craig Taylor for James McCormack (46)
Niall Henderson for Robbie Norton (62)
Ryan Harpur for Ruairi McDonald (83)
Owen McKeown for Lee Chapman (74)
Jack Henderson for Daniel Bramall (81)

Robbie Norton (43)
Owen McConville (74)
Lee Upton (84)
Ryan Waide (30)
Jack Henderson (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ben McMaster (Referee)
Adam Jeffrey & David Burns (Assistants)

Photography by James Wickham

Match Report

Ballymena United survived a scare on road to progress to the third round of the BetMcLean League Cup after a 4-2 victory over Annagh United.

Despite the difference in leagues, there wasn’t much to separate the two sides in an even first half. It took to within two minutes of the half-time whistle for the deadlock to be broken when Ballymena’s Conor Keeley reacted quickest to Ross Redman’s corner to rifle his side in front.

The defensively measured first half from both sides was undone by a goal-fest in the second. This started with the home side’s equaliser on 56 minutes as Jordan Campbell pounced on Craig Taylor’s long throw to level the scores.

Nine minutes later, Championship side Annagh United went in front via the penalty spot after McDonald had been upended - experienced forward Stephen Murray sending goalkeeper Sam Johnston the wrong way.

The lead lasted didn’t last long as Ballymena United earned a penalty themselves on 70 minute, which Paul McElroy duly converted.

With 15 minutes of the game remaining, David Jeffrey’s side showed their mettle and went back in front at the BMG Arena with Conor Keeley rising to head home Ryan Waide’s cross.

In the closing stages, the Sky Blues all but assured their passage to the next round of the League Cup as Jude Winchester found space to finish well.

Match report written by NI Football League

Squad Statistics (as at September 14th, 2021)

2021-2022 All Time
Sam Johnston (GK)25 1 - 1 -
Douglas Wilson27 2 - 2 -
Ross Redman31 2 - 443
Conor Keeley23 32226
Christopher Rodgers30 2 - 442
Lee Chapman26 3 - 3 -
Leroy Millar26 3 - 19228
Daniel Bramall23 3 - 3 -
Jude Winchester28 218511
Ryan Waide21 3 - 414
Paul McElroy27 334519
Owen McKeown (sub)24 2 - 16 -
Jack Henderson (sub)20 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at September 14th, 2021)

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Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.