Matthew Shevlin Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Matthew Shevlin
  • Born: December 7th, 1998 (Ballymena)
  • Position: Forward
  • Signed: August 1st, 2014
  • First Manager: Glenn Ferguson
  • Left Club: August 1st, 2019
  • Career Totals: 79 appearances, 14 goals
  • Also Played For: Ards, Coleraine, Linfield


Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
2018-2019 3 (6) 0 0 0 66.7% 0.0% 33.3%
2017-2018 21 (16) 9 4 0 37.8% 16.2% 45.9%
2016-2017 - (5) 0 0 0 80.0% 0.0% 20.0%
2015-2016 13 (11) 4 3 0 37.5% 16.7% 45.8%
2014-2015 - (4) 1 0 0 100.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Totals: 37 (42) 14


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 27/04/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (H) 3 - 0
 08/01/19 Semi final vs. Linfield (H) 1 - 2
 24/08/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A) 0 - 4
 21/04/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A) 0 - 0
 14/04/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A) 0 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
 26/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H) 2 - 0
 13/01/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H) 3 - 0
 06/01/18 Round 5 vs. Moyola Park (H) 4 - 0
 22/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A) 1 - 2
 16/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H) 3 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 26/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  2 - 0
 26/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  2 - 0
 13/01/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  3 - 0
 06/01/18 Round 5 vs. Moyola Park (H)  4 - 0
 06/01/18 Round 5 vs. Moyola Park (H)  4 - 0
 22/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  1 - 2
 16/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  3 - 1
 28/10/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  3 - 3
 11/08/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 4
 05/09/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  3 - 1
 01/09/15 Round 2 vs. Moyola Park (A)  4 - 1
 01/09/15 Round 2 vs. Moyola Park (A)  4 - 1
 12/08/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  1 - 7
 22/11/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  3 - 0

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 27/04/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (H)  3 - 0
 19/03/19 NIFL Premiership vs. Institute (H)  6 - 1
 16/02/19 Final vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 1
 11/02/19 Round 6 vs. Portadown (H)  4 - 1
 08/01/19 Semi final vs. Linfield (H)  1 - 2
 29/12/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Newry (H)  3 - 1
 20/11/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (H)  2 - 1
 24/08/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A)  0 - 4
 18/08/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Ards (A)  2 - 1
 09/05/18 Semi final vs. Cliftonville (A)  0 - 4
 21/04/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A)  0 - 0
 14/04/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  0 - 1
 07/04/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 2
 03/04/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  0 - 3
 26/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  2 - 0
 23/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  2 - 1
 20/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  2 - 1
 17/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  1 - 3
 13/03/18 Quarter final vs. Larne (H)  1 - 2
 10/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  0 - 2
 06/03/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  3 - 2
 27/02/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Ards (A)  0 - 1
 24/02/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  1 - 3
 17/02/18 Final vs. Dungannon Swifts (N)  1 - 3
 03/02/18 Round 6 vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  2 - 2
 27/01/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  2 - 2
 23/01/18 Final vs. Crusaders (H)  2 - 4
 20/01/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Ards (A)  0 - 1
 13/01/18 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  3 - 0
 06/01/18 Round 5 vs. Moyola Park (H)  4 - 0
 30/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  3 - 1
 26/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 1
 22/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (A)  1 - 2
 16/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  3 - 1
 02/12/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  2 - 1
 28/11/17 Semi final vs. Ards (H)  3 - 0
 25/11/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (A)  0 - 1
 18/11/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  2 - 1
 15/11/17 Quarter final vs. Ards (H)  3 - 2
 28/10/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  3 - 3
 24/10/17 Quarter final vs. Glentoran (H)  1 - 0
 02/09/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  1 - 0
 26/08/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 1
 19/08/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  1 - 6
 15/08/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 11/08/17 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 4
 03/12/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (H)  2 - 0
 19/11/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  1 - 4
 16/11/16 Quarter final vs. Warrenpoint Town (A)  2 - 0
 26/08/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (A)  4 - 1
 13/08/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (A)  1 - 0
 23/01/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  0 - 4
 12/01/16 Final vs. Linfield (A)  3 - 2
 09/01/16 Round 5 vs. Linfield (A)  1 - 2
 01/01/16 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (A)  4 - 3
 26/12/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 2
 19/12/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Linfield (H)  1 - 3
 12/12/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (H)  4 - 2
 21/11/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Portadown (H)  1 - 1
 18/11/15 Quarter final vs. Coleraine (H)  1 - 2
 07/11/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (H)  0 - 1
 31/10/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (A)  2 - 2
 24/10/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (H)  1 - 0
 17/10/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (A)  1 - 3
 14/10/15 Round 3 vs. Limavady United (A)  1 - 0
 03/10/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Crusaders (H)  2 - 4
 26/09/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Warrenpoint Town (A)  2 - 1
 19/09/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  1 - 1
 12/09/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Cliftonville (H)  6 - 1
 05/09/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Glentoran (A)  3 - 1
 01/09/15 Round 2 vs. Moyola Park (A)  4 - 1
 28/08/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 22/08/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  0 - 2
 15/08/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (H)  0 - 2
 12/08/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Glenavon (H)  1 - 7
 11/04/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Institute (A)  2 - 1
 04/04/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 0
 14/02/15 NIFL Premiership vs. Institute (H)  3 - 0
 22/11/14 NIFL Premiership vs. Ballinamallard Utd (H)  3 - 0


Biography

Ballymena United's youngest ever goalscorer at the age of 15, Matthew Shevlin was destined for greatness and the subject of major interest from professional clubs across the water, but injuries have stalled a promising career for the young striker.

A virtual unknown to Ballymena United supporters when he came off the bench in November 2014 against Ballinamallard United and scored the third goal in a 3-0 win a few weeks short of his sixteenth birthday, he was soon the talk of the town. Having only joined the club from Carniny Youth during the summer of 2014, where he had been plundering the goals throughout the age groups for years, Shevlin (a nephew of former Linfield and Coleraine goalkeeper Wes Lamont) looked every bit the next breakthrough star at the Showgrounds.

Manager Ferguson rightly sought to protect his young striker during his first season with only a handful of first team outings, as the young Ballymena born striker continued to fire goals aplenty for the Reserve and Thirds teams during the 2014/2015 season. By the start of the following season, having signed a two year professional deal with Ballymena, Shevlin was blooded into the first team and repaid his manager's faith with a flurry of early season goals which had the scouts on the phone almost instantly. There was confirmed interest from Rangers, Celtic, Everton, Sheffield United and Charlton Athletic for the Ballymena Academy student.

Already having played for the Northern Ireland Under-19 side, three years ahead of schedule, a formal bid was rejected from Premier League side Crystal Palace and the young striker was set to stay and learn his trade at his local club for the time being. Unfortunately the early season success slowly disappeared as United struggled in the league as niggling injuries, fatigue of countless trials & international trips hampered Matthew's form in front of goal. Limited to mainly substitute cameo appearances, Matthew picked up his first senior medal winning the County Antrim Shield in January 2016, after coming off the bench in the 3-2 victory over Linfield. It was the striker's second medal of the season having already picked won the Milk Cup senior section during the summer, being part of the first Northern Irish county side to win the tournament.

It was a similar story going into the 2016/2017 under new manager David Jeffrey, as persistent injuries prevented Matthew from staking a consistent claim for a spot in the first team and in January 2017, as part of the deal that brought Joe McKinney to the Showgrounds, Shevlin was sent out on loan to Ards to gain invaluable Premiership experience for the remainder of the campaign.

Five goals towards the end of the season for Colin Nixon's side helped recapture his spark in front of goal, he returned to the Showgrounds and signed a new two year deal with his hometown club in May 2017.

Honours:
with Ballymena United
County Antrim Shield - Winner 2015/16

Last updated: 24 May 2017

Last updated: 7 November 2021



Debut (as sub)

November 22nd, 2014
Ballymena United 3 - 0 Ballinamallard United

League (NIFL Premiership)

Full Debut

August 15th, 2015
Ballymena United 0 - 2 Coleraine

League (NIFL Premiership)


Timeline