Ballymena Utd defeat Carrick to lift NI League Cup

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Ballymena United forward Cathair Friel lifts the NI League Cup

By Q Radio Sport

Ballymena United defeated Carrick Rangers 2-0 at Seaview to win the NI League Cup for the first time in their history.

There were celebrations after the historic victory.

The Sky Blues players celebrated with the big contingent of United fans.

Midfielder Allan Jenkins scored the opening goal just before half-time and was named man of the match.


Ballymena substitute, former Carrick player Conor McCloskey clinched the cup with a stunning strike in stoppage time.

It was David Jeffrey's first trophy as Sky Blues boss after 31 with Linfield.

But he was keen to praise the contribution of his right-hand man.

Carrick manager Aaron Callaghan says he was disappointed with the officials and feels his team was denied a clear-cut penalty...


Among the big crowd of Sky Blues supporters was former world boxing champion, Eamonn Loughran.

His son Caolan impressed at centre-back for Ballymena and was praised by his proud father after the match.


Ballymena teacher and former Sky Blues player Mark Surgenor captained Carrick in the final.

He had family members in the crowd, supporting the opposition.

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