Ballymena United 3 - 1 Dungannon Swifts

League Cup - Quarter final
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, 7:45 PM at Ballymena Showgrounds
Referee: Raymond Crangle
Ballymena United  Dungannon Swifts

Tony Kane (21)
Neal Gawley (33)
Darren Henderson (83)
Ryan Harpur (41)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Darren Murphy

Starting Eleven
Dwayne Nelson
Aaron Stewart
David Munster
Mark Surgenor
Tony Kane
Allan Jenkins
Brian McCaul
Gary Thompson
Neal Gawley
David Cushley
Matthew Tipton
Andrew Coleman
David Armstrong
Matthew Hazley
Ryan Harpur
Douglas Wilson
Francis Brennan
Grant Hutchinson
Andrew Burns
Jamie Glackin
Andrew Mitchell
Abiola Sanusi

Jack Graham
Mark McCullagh
Eoin Kane
Matthew Ferguson
Darren Henderson
David McCullough
Jamie Tomelty
Jamie Douglas
Stefan Lavery
Terry Fitzpatrick

Darren Henderson for David Cushley (50)
Eoin Kane for Gary Thompson (76)
David McCullough for Ryan Harpur (69)
Jamie Tomelty for Abiola Sanusi (72)
Jamie Douglas for Andrew Burns (84)

Brian McCaul (37)
Allan Jenkins (70)
Jamie Glackin (35)
Matthew Hazley (59)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dwayne Nelson (GK) 198 apps -
Aaron Stewart 221 apps6 goals
Mark Surgenor 170 apps17 goals
Tony Kane 125 apps8 goals
David Munster 112 apps6 goals
Neal Gawley 28 apps3 goals
Allan Jenkins 134 apps25 goals
Gary Thompson 91 apps13 goals
Brian McCaul 6 apps -
Matthew Tipton 22 apps7 goals
David Cushley 183 apps44 goals
Eoin Kane (sub) 5 apps -
Darren Henderson (sub) 36 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Brian McCaul (24 years 103 days)
Oldest Player:David Munster (35 years 269 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 311 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jack Graham (18 years 233 days)
Oldest Player:David Munster (35 years 269 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 324 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

Ballymena United progressed to the semi final of the Wasp Solutions League Cup for the second season running thanks to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Dungannon Swifts at the Showgrounds.

The hosts were first to threaten but Matthew Tipton's powerful effort from an acute angle hit the side netting with many in the home stand having thought their side had taken an early lead. The Swifts responded with an effort from Abby Sanusi but the winger shot wide after a neat through ball by Matt Hazley.

United took the lead on 21 minutes, a hooked ball into the box from Neal Gawley found Matthew Tipton at the back post, allowing the striker to lay the ball off to the unmarked Tony Kane who produced a neat finish past Swifts goalkeeper Andy Coleman. David Cushley almost doubled his sides' advantage moments later after skilfully beating Dungannon defender Andrew Burns only for a superb goal line clearance from Douglas Wilson to deny the United forward.

The Sky Blues were not to wait for long for the second to arrive, on 33 minutes a pinpoint cross-field ball from Allan Jenkins found Tony Kane in space on the right, allowing the full back to deliver an excellent cross for Neal Gawley to slot home and put United in a strong position. Minutes before half time the Swifts pulled one back, Andrew Mitchell went down in the box under pressure from David Munster with referee Raymond Crangle signalling for a penalty kick. Ryan Harpur duly converted to give Dungannon a fighting chance going into the break.

The visitors came out for the second half with fresh impetus and almost got back on level terms only for Dwayne Nelson to produce a smart stop to deny Matt Hazley, with Andrew Mitchell unable to covert on the follow up. The Swifts were on top and blew their best chance to get back on level terms when David Armstrong headed just wide of the post when unmarked from a corner.

United effectively wrapped up proceedings by scoring a third on 83 minutes. Tony Kane's cross caused havoc in the Dungannon box with the ball eventually falling to Darren Boyce on the edge of the area allowing the substitute to rifle home a superb effort to send the Sky Blues through to the semi finals.

Match report written by Jordan Miller

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