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|Date: Tuesday, 6th September, 2022; Competition: Toals Co Antrim Shield - Round 1; Attendance: N/A;|
|Venue: Solitude; Kick-Off: 19:45;|
|Referee: Jamie Robinson; Assistant 1: Stephen Donaldson; Assistant 2: Shane Geary;|
|[0-1] McDAID, David (45 mins), [1-1] McNICHOLL, Tiarnan (59 mins), [1-2] KANE, Kenneth (82 mins)|
|BALLYMENA United secured a berth in the second round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield with a 2-1 win over Newington at Solitude on Tuesday night.|
|Despite numerous chances in the first half, most stopped by Newington keeper Gerard Walker, United finally got the opening goal on 45 minutes when a Joshua Kelly strike hit the post, David Parkhouse following up with a shot that deflected off David McDaid and found the back of the net to open his account for the season.|
|The Sky Blues were able to create a few opportunities in the early part of the second half, and were made to pay for it when Tiarnan McNicholl sent a dipping shot over Jordan Williamson and into the net to level matters at 1-1.|
|Manager David Jeffrey MBE rung the changes, bringing Jordan Gibson on to replace George Tipton, then Paul McElroy for David Parkhouse.|
|It was in the 82nd minute that Kenneth Kane smashed the ball into the bottom corner of the net, grabbing his first goal of the season, and secured a spot in the second round.|
Ballymena United are on the road again on Saturday, when they face Newry City in the Danske Bank Premiership, kicking off at 5:30pm.
The Spirit Of '89 Supporters Club bus will be leaving the Smithfield Arms car park at 3:45pm - if you want to book a spot, please get in contact on 078 4916 2945.
|Match Report by Paul Irwin|
|Ballymena United Team:|
Jordan Williamson, Kym Nelson, Ross Redman, Caolan Loughran, David McDaid, Joshua Kelly, Ryan Waide, Kenneth Kane, David Parkhouse ( Paul McElroy 71), George Tipton ( Jordan Gibson 66), Michael Place.
Subs not used: Sean O'Neill, Scot Whiteside, Jack Henderson, Jake Corbett, Sean Graham.
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