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Saturday 7th July v. HW Welders (away) - Friendly - k.o: TBC

Uploaded Saturday, 16th Jul, 2016 at 16:53

Date: Saturday, 16th July, 2016; Competition: Friendly; Attendance: N/A;
Larne [0] [1]
Ballymena United [1] [1]
Venue: Inver Park; Kick-Off: 15:00;
[0-1] McMURRAY, Johnny (pen 6 mins), [1-1] McCABE, James (84 mins)

BALLYMENA United took an early lead in the game through a Johnny McMurray penalty, but let in a late equaliser and had to settle for a draw.
It took only 6 minutes for United to take the lead at Inver Park, Johnny McMurray brought down by Ryan Arthur in the box and stepping up to score from the spot. 10 minutes later Kyle McVey was taken off with a head injury and replaced by Kyle Crawford. On 36 minutes United won another penalty after Daniel Wilson handled a cross from Conor McCluskey, but Larne keeper Dylan McRandal saved from McMurray who shot to the same side as the penalty he scored.
In the 57th minute Neil Lowry fired over the bar from 15 yards out, then on 59 minutes Johnny Flynn was replaced by Chandler Douglas. With 66 minutes gone a Jason Johnstone slip was pounced upon by Larne, but Kyle Crawford made a fantastic tackle to prevent an equaliser. Willie Faulkner came on to replace Fra McCaffrey on 69 minutes.
With just 6 minutes of normal time remaining Larne equalised through James McCabe after he beat the offside trap and slotted the loose ball past Alan Blayney.
Next Saturday United make the trip to East Belfast to face Knockbreda FC in another pre-season friendly, kicking off at 3:00pm.
Match Report by Paul Irwin
Ballymena United Team:
Alan Blayney, Stephen McBride, Johnny Flynn ( Chandler Douglas 59), Kyle McVey ( Kyle Crawford 10), Jason Johnstone, Conor McCluskey, Allan Jenkins, Gary Thompson, Fra McCaffrey ( Willie Faulkner 69), Neil Lowry, Johnny McMurray.