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Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup semi-final

Uploaded Friday, 25th Oct, 2019 at 23:29

Date: Friday, 25th October, 2019; Competition: Danske Bank Premiership; Attendance: 1787;
Glentoran [0] [3]
Ballymena United [1] [1]
Venue: The Oval; Kick-Off: 19:45;
Referee: Tim Marshall; Assistant 1: David Anderson; Assistant 2: Adam Jeffrey; 4th Official: Evan Boyce;
[0-1] FRIEL, Cathair (45 mins), [1-1] PLUM, Hrvoje (52 mins), [2-1] McDAID, Robbie (57 mins), [3-1] KANE, Marcus (82 mins)

A TRIO of second half Glentoran goals saw Ballymena United fall to a 3-1 defeat in a disappointing night at The Oval.
In their second trip to Belfast in six days, United made two changes to the side that lost to Linfield with Andrew Burns and Cathair Friel replacing Scot Whiteside and Kenny Kane.
Neither side set the world alight in East Belfast in the cagey opening exchanges. The first effort of the game didn't come until the 13th minute when Marcus Kane spun Leroy Millar in the middle and found Robbie McDaid who shot just wide. From there it was the Glens seeing most of the ball as the Sky Blues were forced to play a lot of the half without the ball, but both teams continued to be careless in possession. Either side of the half hour mark Ross Glendinning comfortably gathered a couple of shots from outside the box, first from Elvio Van Overbeek and then Paul O'Neill.
Ballymena's first chance of note didn't come until the 33rd minute, with Josh Kelly picking out Millar with a good delivery, but the header was straight at Marijan Antolovic. The visitor's best spell of the game came at the end of the first half. The move of the half, involving Jude Winchester, Andy McGrory and Kelly, ended with the latter putting in a low cross for Friel, who turned the ball goalwards but was denied by Antolovic.
In the third minute of added time in the first half Ballymena took the lead in bizarre and controversial circumstances. Glens captain Kane brought down Winchester in the area giving United a penalty. Friel stepped up but saw a tame effort saved, but the follow up fell to Friel, whose shot was clawed away by Antolovic again, but after a five second delay, the linesman judged that the follow up had crossed the line, to give United a half-time lead.
The second half got off to a bad start for the away side as the hosts equalised just 6 minutes in. Winchester laxly gave the ball away in the middle of the park to Hrvoje Plum who played in McDaid, and he floated the ball back over to Plum whose powerful, deflected shot went past Glendinning.
7 minutes later the turnaround was complete as Glentoran went ahead. Navid Nasseri's ball in from the left took a wicked deflection of Ervin straight into the path of McDaid, who headed home from close range.
Within 2 minutes of McDaid's goal, things probably should've went from bad to worse when Ervin gave the ball away to Van Overbeek who ran through one on one, but he was denied by a fine double save from Glendinning. With United unable to really trouble Glentoran's back line the hosts looked for a third and hit the post when an intended cross from Plum came back off the far post. With 20 minutes left Ballymena registered their first effort of the half. Substitute Shane McGinty crossed for Millar, but with the ball slightly behind him he headed wide.
Plum, building a reputation for his well struck shot's, went close with an emphatic half volley from 25 yards, but was denied by a phenomenal save by Glendinning, however from the resulting corner it was 3-1. Plum took the corner and found Kane whose header beat Ervin on the line to find the roof of the net and surely give Glentoran the 3 points.
The final 10 minutes played themselves out with little action as Glentoran won to move 7 points clear of a Ballymena side who failed to get going from the off.
Ballymena United host Crusaders in the quarter-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup on Tuesday evening, kicking off at 7:45pm.
Match Report by Phillip McPeake
Ballymena United Team:
Ross Glendinning, Jonathan Addis, Ryan Harpur, Cathair Friel, Steven McCullough ( 16), Andrew Burns ( 22 Ryan Mayse 78), Andrew McGrory, Jude Winchester ( Shane McGinty 64), Jim Ervin ( 73), Leroy Millar, Joshua Kelly.

Subs not used: Jordan Williamson, Kenneth Kane, Declan Carville, Kofi Balmer, Ross Lavery.