Shay McCartan on song in Ballymena United romp

Ballymena United moved up to  fifth in the table with a comprehensive win over Cliftonville at Solitude.

Tuesday, 24th November 2020, 10:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th November 2020, 10:52 pm
Leroy Millar celebrates with Shay McCartan

Shay McCartan was the star of the show as he scored in either half with Paul McElroy and Leroy Millar completing the scoring for David Jeffrey’s men.

The Reds fell behind early on and never recovered on the night as Ballymena put them to the sword.

The Sky Blues picked up their first win in four on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Warrenpoint Town, and they made a fast start at Solitude taking the lead inside the opening ten minutes.

McCartan picked the ball up outside the Reds penalty area, held off Ronan Doherty before lashing a shot past Richard Brush from 20 yards.

The hosts gradually started to find their feet as they probed for an equaliser against the Sky Blues.

Chances though were proving hard to come by for both teams though as the game edged towards half time.

And that’s how it stayed as they sides went in at half time with David Jeffrey’s side in the lead.

Things got even better for the visitors as they increased their advantage with a goal right at the start of the second half.

The impressive McCartan was causing more problems for the Reds as he surged into the box past several defenders.

He scuffed his shot but there was a melee in the box causing Garry Breen to make a rash challenge on Paul McElroy resulting in a penalty for Ballymena.

The former Crusaders front man stepped up to fire home from the spot.

The Sky Blues all but wrapped up the points minutes later as that man McCartan found the net again.

This time he clipped home a free kick giving Brush no chance.

With any hope of a Reds comeback on the cards the game largely petered out as the second half progressed.

But Ballymena had one final say just before the end as Leroy Millar added a fourth late on to complete a fantastic night for the visitors at Solitude.

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