Crusaders 1
Ballymena United 0
League (NIFL Premiership)


Crusaders 

1 - 0

Ballymena United


League (NIFL Premiership)
Friday, October 13th, 2023
Seaview
Attendance: 1,459
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Adam Lecky (45) None.

Team Managers
Stephen Baxter Jim Ervin

Starting Eleven
33. Jonathan Tuffey
2. BJ Burns
7. Philip Lowry
8. Ben Kennedy
9. Adam Lecky
15. Jarlath O'Rourke
20. Daniel Larmour
22. Paul Heatley
24. Joshua Robinson
25. Ross Clarke
42. Lloyd Anderson
Sean O'Neill .1
Colin Coates .6
Steven McCullough .11
Scot Whiteside .5
Dylan Boyle .28
Andrew McGrory .17
Michael Place .30
Fraser Taylor .16
Lewis Tennant .21
Noah Stewart .33
Isaac Westendorf .37

Bench
41. Ryan Kerr
11. James Teelan
17. Mikhail Kennedy
18. Jordan Owens
21. Mal Smith
30. Bradley Maguire
62. Jonathan James
Sam Johnston .26
TJ Murray .20
John McGuigan .14
Marc Walsh .19
Jonathan McMurray .27
Fiontan O'Boyle .15
Alex Gawne .7

Substitutions
Mikhail Kennedy for Paul Heatley (28)
James Teelan for Ben Kennedy (90)
Alex Gawne for Colin Coates (27)
Fiontan O'Boyle for Noah Stewart (87)
Jonathan McMurray for Andrew McGrory (90)

Cautions
Lloyd Anderson (61)
Joshua Robinson (73)
Steven McCullough (76)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Keith Kennedy (Referee)
Bogdan Sfirloaga & Richard Hegarty (Assistants)
Ryan Hanna (Fourth Official)




Match Report


Crusaders edged to a narrow victory over bottom of the table Ballymena United at Seaview.

The visitors created the better chances during the opening exchanges with Noah Stewart sending an effort just wide of the left post a short time before Fraser Taylor tested Johnny Tuffey while, a little later, Lewis Tennant failed to convert an Andrew McGrory corner at the back post.

But the Crues came close themselves as Adam Lecky nodded on a Ross Clarke free-kick with his downward looking likely to open the scoring.

And Adam Lecky went one better on the stroke of half-time with what proved to be the only goal of the game with a close range finish when Jarlath O'Rourke cut the ball back into his own path.

The second half was largely a quieter affair with Ballymena's best chance coming through a McGrory free-kick over the bar while, at the other end, Sean O'Neill proved equal to an O'Rourke drive towards goal.

Match report written by NI Football League



Squad Statistics (as at October 13th, 2023)


2023-2024 All Time
Age
Sean O'Neill (GK)35 13 - 76 -
Colin Coates37 103103
Steven McCullough29 12 - 2218
Scot Whiteside26 14 - 1121
Dylan Boyle21 5 - 5 -
Andrew McGrory31 4 - 14525
Michael Place25 11 - 716
Fraser Taylor20 12 - 12 -
Lewis Tennant19 7 - 8 -
Noah Stewart19 4141
Isaac Westendorf22 6262
Alex Gawne (sub)22 9191
Fiontan O'Boyle (sub)19 121121
Jonathan McMurray (sub)29 13311135



League Table (as at October 13th, 2023)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 12 10 1 1 31
2. Cliftonville 12 8 2 2 26
3. Crusaders 12 7 3 2 24
4. Larne 12 6 5 1 23
5. Glentoran 12 6 2 4 20
6. Coleraine 12 6 2 4 20
7. Loughgall 12 4 3 5 15
8. Carrick 12 4 1 7 13
9. Newry 12 3 1 8 10
10. Dungannon 12 1 5 6 8
11. Glenavon 12 2 1 9 7
12. BALLYMENA 12 2 0 10 6