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Tuesday 1st December v. Carrick Rangers (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 7:45pm

ANOTHER disappointing season at the Showgrounds, as the Sky Blues finished eighth in the sixteen team Irish League.

Their league form was erratic to say the least as they struggled to compete with the big teams - the highlight probably being the last minute 4-3 win against Glenavon in February. Alex McKee's side spent most of the season in the lower reaches, but a strong finish (four wins in their last five games) sealed a half-way finish.

Progress in the cup competitions was a little better as there were quarter-final defeats in the early season Gold and Ulster cups, losing out to Glenavon and Portadown, respectively. A second consecutive Irish Cup fifth round defeat, this time to Omagh Town, didn't sit well - along with a County Antrim Shield first round penalty defeat to the RUC.

A semi-final appearance in the Budweiser Floodlit Cup, in which the Braidmen were cruelly knocked out on penalties by Portadown was the highlight of a poor season at the Showgrounds. At the end of May 1991, manager Alex McKee tendered his resignation (after retracting an earlier decision to resign in January). He was to be replaced by Jim Hagan ahead of the 1991/92 season.

Dessie Loughery finished top goalscorer with 15 goals and of the 25 players used by McKee that season, Broughshane man, John Heron made the most appearances with 43 to his credit. Billy Pyper also made 43 appearances, however two of which were as a substitute.



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Full list of Fixtures and Results for 1990/1991
Full list of Player Appearances
Full list of Goalscorers
Final Smirnoff Irish League table

Season Records

Final League Position - 8th (from 16)

Irish Cup - Fifth Round - defeated by Omagh Town
Gold Cup - Quarter-Final - defeated by Portadown
Ulster Cup - Quarter-Final - defeated by Glenavon
League Cup - Second Round - defeated by Glentoran
Floodlit Cup - Semi-Final - defeated by Portadown
County Antrim Shield - First Round - defeated by RUC


Total games played - 45
Total wins - 16
Total draws - 12
Total defeats - 17
Total goals scored - 73
Total goals conceded - 77

Biggest home win - 5-0 v. Larne - 24-August-90 (Ulster Cup)
Biggest away win - 5-1 v. Ballyclare Comrades - 26-Mar-91 (League)

Biggest home defeat - 0-4 v. Portadown - 21-Aug-90 (Ulster Cup)
Biggest away defeat - 0-4 v. Glenavon - 29-Aug-90 (Ulster Cup), 0-4 v. Portadown- 12-Mar-91 (League)

Most appearances (all competitions) - John Heron and Billy Pyper (both 43)
Most appearances (league only) - John Heron and Billy Pyper (both 28)

Leading goalscorer (all competitions) - Dessie Loughery (15 goals)
Leading goalscorer (league only) - Sammy Smyth (11 goals)
Hat-tricks - None