Annagh United 2
Ballymena United 4
League (Round 2)


Annagh United 

2 - 4

Ballymena United


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


Goalscorers
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
Lee Chapman .2
Ross Redman .3
Christopher Rodgers .15
Conor Keeley .22
Jude Winchester .7
Douglas Wilson .4
Daniel Bramall .18
Leroy Millar .23
Ryan Waide .10
Paul McElroy .9

Bench
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
Jack Henderson .14
Spencer Beattie .29
Owen McKeown .6
Brendan Barr .16
Kenny Kane .12

Substitutions
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)

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



League Table (as at September 14th, 2021)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Cliftonville 4 3 1 0 10
2. Larne 3 3 0 0 9
3. Coleraine 4 2 0 2 6
4. Glentoran 3 2 0 1 6
5. Linfield 2 2 0 0 6
6. Carrick Rangers 4 2 0 2 6
7. Crusaders 3 1 1 1 4
8. Glenavon 3 1 1 1 4
9. Warrenpoint Town 4 1 0 3 3
10. Portadown 4 0 1 3 1
11. BALLYMENA 2 0 0 2 0
12. Dungannon Swifts 2 0 0 2 0