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Date: Tuesday, 8th October, 2019; Competition: BetMcLean League Cup - Round 3; Attendance: N/A;
Ballymena United [2] [6]
Dollingstown [0] [0]
Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds; Kick-Off: 19:45;
Referee: Tony Clarke; Assistant 1: Gavin Andrews; Assistant 2: Jamie Carnduff; 4th Official: Declan Hassan;
Goals:
[1-0] KANE, Kenneth (25 mins), [2-0] MILLAR, Leroy (43 mins), [3-0] McGINTY, Shane (49 mins), [4-0] KANE, Kenneth (55 mins), [5-0] MILLAR, Leroy (71 mins), [6-0] MAYSE, Ryan (89 mins)

BALLYMENA United breezed into the quarter-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup with an empathic 6-0 win over Dollingstown at The Showgrounds.
Ballymena made a host of changes from the weekend, including giving Kenny Kane his full debut, as they took on a Dollingstown side who sit 7th in the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League.
The first half was all United, with Dollingstown ventures into the final third few and far between. The Braidmen's early chances all involved captain for the night Leroy Millar, who was featuring in an advanced role up top with Kane. Inside the opening couple of minutes Ross Lavery picked out Millar, but he failed to connect with a close range header, before Jonny Addis picked out Millar who turned in the box and fired wide. Millar then turned provider, teeing up Steven McCullough, but his effort flew just over.
On 15 minutes Dollingstown got forward for the first time in the game and a shot from ex-Sky Blue Gary Liggett was well blocked by Andrew Burns. Chances continued to flow for United as the half went on, with Josh Kelly narrowly missing the bottom corner and the onrushing Millar with an effort from an angle.
Shane McGinty also let two chances pass him by before Ballymena finally went ahead on 25 minutes. Addis picked out Kelly with a delightful long ball from the back, and Kelly squared it for Kane, who rounded Steven Maguire before tapping home to mark his first start with a goal.
4 minutes later Lavery almost made it 2-0 with a low free kick from 20 yards, but Maguire did well to get down to make the save. Despite their domination of play, the Braidmen were given a warning shot by the Dollybirds when Patterson's free kick fell to Aaron Moffett, who from a good position shot inches wide.
After Scot Whiteside and Millar both headed good chances wide, United gained some breathing space with a second goal on 43 minutes. In a simple goal Kane played in Millar who ran clean through on goal, toyed with the 'keeper by stopping and pulling the ball back, before slotting home into the bottom corner to give United a deserved two goal lead at the break.
Ballymena picked up where they'd left off in the second half and made it 3-0 within 4 minutes of the restart. Kane got the better of Moffett on the touchline before running the length of the half and delivering an inch-perfect cross for McGinty who headed home.
On 55 minutes it was 4-0. After Kane had set up Millar for the second, the favour was returned when Millar found Kane with a neat through ball and he made no mistake in finding the bottom corner.
McCullough went close to getting himself on the score sheet with a decent effort on the edge of the box, before a zipping ball across goal by Millar missed Kane by millimetres. After a 10 minute spell were Ballymena completed countless passes as the pace of the game died to walking pace, Millar scored his second to make it five.
Whilst the captain added the goal, it was all about McGinty who came in from the right and left a defender on the ground before cutting it back for Millar to finish.
Addis almost got in on the act but was denied by a good stop by Maguire, but as Dollingstown really began to tire Ballymena went in search of more goals, and added Declan Carville and Ryan Mayse in place of Millar and McGinty who both had a terrific night. Late on Lavery called Maguire into another fine stop before he denied Kane a hat-trick, but there was still time for the goal of the night as sub Mayse sent a majestic effort from outside the box flying past Maguire to round off a 6-0 win and ease Ballymena into the last 8.
Ballymena United are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they take on league leaders Crusaders at the Showgrounds.
Match Report by Phillip McPeake
Ballymena United Team:
Jordan Williamson, Jonathan Addis, Scot Whiteside, Shane McGinty ( Ryan Mayse 78), Ryan Harpur, Steven McCullough, Kenneth Kane, Andrew Burns, Leroy Millar ( Declan Carville 78), Joshua Kelly, Ross Lavery.

Ross Glendinning, Andrew McGrory, Jude Winchester, Jim Ervin.