Ballymena United 0
Odd BK 2
UEFA Europa League (1st Qual. Rnd - Leg 2)

Ballymena United
0 - 2
Odd BK 

UEFA Europa League (1st Qual. Rnd - Leg 2)
Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Attendance: 1,792
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Leroy Millar (o.g.) (79)
Sigurd Haugen (88)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Dag-Eilev Fagermo

Starting Eleven
1. Ross Glendinning
14. Andrew Burns
5. Jonathan Flynn
3. Emmet Friars
2. Tony Kane
6. Michael Gault
11. Conor McCloskey
23. Leroy Millar
10. Kevin Braniff
9. Cathair Friel
26. Joseph McKinney
Sondre Rossbach .1
Espen Ruud .2
Martin Broberg 7.
Jone Samuelsen .8
Olivier Occean .10
Fredrik Nordkvelle .14
Fredrik Semb Berge .16
Fredrik Oldrup Jensen .20
Steffen Hagen .21
John Kitelano .25
Pape Pate Diouf .27

Tim Allen
25. Caolan Loughran
22. Steven McCullough
15. Eoin Kane
20. Neil Lowry
27. Jonathan McMurray
16. Matthew Shevlin
Viljar Rosholt Myhra .12
Vegard Bergan .4
Oliver Berg .6
Torbjorn Adgestein .9
Stefan Mladenovic .13
Sigurd Haugen .15
Riku Riski .24

Jonathan McMurray for Cathair Friel (72)
Neil Lowry for Conor McCloskey (84)
Tim Allen for Ross Glendinning (89)
Riku Riski for Pape Pate Diouf (63)
Sigurd Haugen for Martin Broberg (77)
Torbjorn Adgestein for Olivier Occean (82)

Michael Gault (43)
Cathair Friel (54)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Radek Prihoda (Czech Republic) (Referee)
Jiri Molacek & Kamil Hajek (Assistants)
Miroslav Zelinka (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Odds Ballklubb ended Ballymena's European adventure with a 2-0 win for the Norwegians at Seaview.

Ballymena had it all to do after last week's first leg in Skien when they fell to a 3-0 defeat.

Both sides started brightly in front of a large crowd in Belfast as a long up field ball found Cathair Friel who cut is back to Conor McCloskey, but his dangerous cross wasn't met by anyone in the 6 yard box. The visitors got their first chance when Jone Samuelsen had a go from distance, but his shot was straight at Ross Glendinning. The Sky Blue 'keeper was called into action again on 8 minutes when an Emmett Friars mistake allowed Olivier Occean in on goal, but Glendinning thwarted him with his legs.

On 10 minutes came Ballymena's best chance of the game. Joe McKinney flicked the ball into the path of Kevin Braniff and his stinging half volley was tipped round the post by Odds stopper Sondre Rossbach.

From the corner the ball came out to Aaron Burns, but from all of 30 yards his attempt finished up closer to the railway track than the goal.

With just over 15 minutes gone Odds were presented another chance from a free kick, but full back Espen Ruud's low effort was easily stopped by Glendinning. Ballymena's Johnny Flynn almost turned the ball into his own net soon after when a pacy ball from John Kitlano caused problems, but Flynn's clearance went for a corner.

On the half hour mark Fredrik Semb Berge could've and probably should've done better when he rose highest but headed wide from a corner. 2 minutes from the break Michael Gault was harshly booked for kicking the ball away after a foul, and from the resulting free kick Pape Pate Diouf slipped whilst shooting, making the following save simple for Glendinning as United went into the break level.

In the second half the visitors fitness levels told as United struggled to get much of the ball with Odds happy to easily control possession. Just 4 minutes into the half Odds should've taken the lead on the night when Occean was handed a chance from well inside the box, but unmarked he failed to connect with the ball and Glendinning cleared.

54 minutes in Friel was booked for dissent after strangely being penalised for an apparent handball and by this stage the Czech referee wasn't making friends with the Sky Blue fans. It was from a free kick that Odds went close again as they continued to apply pressure. Martin Broberg's cross found the head of Occean but he sent the ball over the bar. Next to go close for the away side was Fredrik Nordkvelle. The midfielder displayed some fancy footwork but his shot was blocked by United's captain Tony Kane.

Inside the final 20 minutes Ballymena displayed their best move of the match which eventually saw Andrew Burns get a chance, but instead of shooting he played in Braniff who was offside. On 79 minutes Odds did take the lead on the night. A corner was unfortunate to come off the head of Leroy Millar in a sea of players and into his own goal as Ballymena got unlucky after a resilient performance.

Inside the final 10 minutes substitute Neil Lowry did well to work a chance for himself but his shot on the turn went just wide. With 2 minutes left Odds doubled their advantage and made it 5-0 on aggregate. Substitute Riku Riski beat the offside trap and played in Odds captain Steffen Hagen who tapped into the empty goal to please the small yet boisterous Odds supporters.
In added time Ballymena took of Glendinning to replace him with Tim Allen and with virtually the last kick of the game Kane lined up a trademark free kick but could only fire over as Ballymena exited the Europa League.

Ballymena United travel to Tillysburn Park to play Harland & Wolff Welders in a pre-season friendly game on Saturday 22nd July, kicking off at 3:00pm.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (

Squad Statistics (as at July 6th, 2017)

2017-2018 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)24 2 - 32 -
Andrew Burns25 1 - 1 -
Jonathan Flynn27 2 - 383
Emmet Friars31 2 - 2 -
Tony Kane29 2 - 23533
Michael Gault34 2 - 2 -
Conor McCloskey25 2 - 346
Leroy Millar21 2 - 612
Kevin Braniff34 2 - 123
Cathair Friel24 2 - 4723
Joseph McKinney23 2 - 171
Tim Allen (sub) (GK)25 1 - 19 -
Jonathan McMurray (sub)22 2 - 4417
Neil Lowry (sub)23 1 - 653

League Table (as at July 6th, 2017)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.