Donegal Celtic 0 - 3 Ballymena United

(After extra time)
County Antrim Shield - Round 1
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 7:45 PM at Suffolk Road
Referee: Evan Boyce
Donegal Celtic Ballymena United

Ryan Dunlop (72) David Cushley (88)
David Cushley (94)
David Cushley (pen.) (106)

Team Managers
Unknown. Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Malachy Thompson
Patrick Mallon
Daniel Wallace
Caolan McLaughlin
Kevin Bradley
Ciaran Carson
Denver Taggart
Emmett Templeton
Joseph Todd
Darren Stuart
Mark Shannon
Dwayne Nelson
Aaron Stewart
Kyle McVey
Mark Surgenor
Michael Ruddy
Tony Kane
Alan Davidson
Alan Teggart
Neal Gawley
Darren Henderson
David Cushley

Ryan Dunlop
Joseph McClenaghan
Pearse Devine
Patrick Kelly
Niall Hawkins
Aaron Harris
Mark McCullagh
Stephen McBride
Gary Thompson
Matthew Tipton

Ryan Dunlop for Joseph Todd (70)
Joseph McClenaghan for Denver Taggart (74)
Matthew Tipton for Alan Teggart (55)
Gary Thompson for Neal Gawley (74)
Aaron Harris for David Cushley (109)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. Mark Surgenor (66)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dwayne Nelson (GK) 188 apps -
Kyle McVey 5 apps1 goal
Michael Ruddy 54 apps2 goals
Aaron Stewart 213 apps6 goals
Mark Surgenor 167 apps17 goals
Tony Kane 117 apps7 goals
Alan Teggart 133 apps25 goals
Alan Davidson 70 apps10 goals
Neal Gawley 21 apps2 goals
David Cushley 173 apps44 goals
Darren Henderson 26 apps10 goals
Aaron Harris (sub) 3 apps -
Gary Thompson (sub) 84 apps13 goals
Matthew Tipton (sub) 12 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Michael Ruddy (21 years 54 days)
Oldest Player:Dwayne Nelson (30 years 25 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 0 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Aaron Harris (19 years 334 days)
Oldest Player:Matthew Tipton (34 years 94 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 55 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

BALLYMENA United had Mark Surgenor sent off and went a goal behind, before David Cushley scored a hat-trick to secure a place in the Quarter-Final stage of the Toals Co Antrim Shield.

The first-half was a fairly drab affair, with the home side proving stiff opposition and having the better of the chances, although they failed to convert any of them.

The second-half was much more entertaining and infuriating for the Sky Blues. Matthew Tipton replaced Alan Teggart shortly into the half, then Mark Surgenor was sent off in the 66th minute after a late challenge on Emmett Templeton.

Donegal Celtic took the game by the scruff of the neck and in the 72nd minute substitute Ryan Dunlop scored to leave the visitors on the brink of being dumped out of a competition they won only two years ago. Gary Thompson came on to replace Neal Gawley soon after, as manager Glenn Ferguson knew things had to change.

The last twenty minutes seen an increase in pressure from United, and in the 88th minute David Cushley latched on to a poorly cleared Tony Kane free kick and fired the ball into the corner of the net to take the game to extra-time.

A few minutes into the first 10-minute period of extra-time, Cushley sent the away fans into raptures, getting on the end of a pass from Darren Boyce and putting the Sky Blues a goal ahead.

A hat-trick was on the cards for the hero of the night, David
Cushley, as he converted a penalty kick after being brought down inside the box. Aaron Harris then came on to replace Cushley, allowing the striker to go off to applause from the visiting fans and his team mates.

The Braidmen certainly knew they'd been in a game, and will be glad to have progressed despite a fairly poor overall performance.

Match report written by Paul Irwin

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