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Saturday 29th July v. Limavady United (away) - Friendly - k.o: 2:00pm

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Date: Thursday, 6th July, 2017; Competition: Europa League - Round 1; Attendance: 1792;
Ballymena United [0] [0]
Odds BK [0] [2]
Venue: Seaview; Kick-Off: 19:45;
Referee: Radek Prihoda; Assistant 1: Jiri Molacek; Assistant 2: Kamil Hajek; 4th Official: Miroslav Zelinka;
Goals:
[0-1] MILLAR, Leroy (o.g. 79 mins), [0-2] HAUGEN, Sigurd Hauso (88 mins)

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.
Ballymena United's starting line-up
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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.
Kevin Braniff breaks through the opposition defence
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Odds keeper Sondre Rossbach tipped Braniff's half volley round the post early in the game
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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.
Manager David Jeffrey applauds the Ballymena United supporters after the game
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Odds BK supporters celebrate victory and a place in the Europa League Second Qualifying Round
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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 by Phillip McPeake
Ballymena United Team:
Ross Glendinning ( Tim Allen 89), Tony Kane, Emmet Friars, Johnny Flynn, Michael Gault ( 43), Cathair Friel ( 54 Johnny McMurray 72), Kevin Braniff, Conor McCloskey ( Neil Lowry 84), Andrew Burns, Leroy Millar, Joe McKinney.

Subs not used: Eoin Kane, Matthew Shevlin, Stephen McCullough, Caolan Loughran.