Ballinamallard United 2 - 3 Ballymena United

League Cup - Semi final
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, 8:00 PM at Ferney Park
Referee: Raymond Hetherington
Ballinamallard United Ballymena United

Goalscorers
Ryan Campbell (20)
Ryan Campbell (67)
Allan Jenkins (45)
Matthew Tipton (59)
David Munster (87)

Team Managers
Whitey Anderson Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Stefan McCusker
Liam McMenamin
Mark Stafford
Jake Dykes
Jonathan Lafferty
Liam Martin
Stuart Hutchinson
Jason McCartney
John Currie
Christopher Crilly
Ryan Campbell
Stuart Addis
David Munster
Jonathan Taylor
Mark Surgenor
Stephen McBride
Tony Kane
Alan Teggart
Allan Jenkins
Neal Gawley
Darren Henderson
Matthew Tipton

Bench
Raymond Foy
Fergal Murphy
James McKenna
Kane Connor
Steve Feeney
Dwayne Nelson
Mark McCullagh
Michael Ruddy
Eoin Kane
Matthew Ferguson

Substitutions
Raymond Foy for John Currie (75) Mark McCullagh for Neal Gawley (82)

Bookings
Jonathan Lafferty (10)
Mark Stafford (52)
Liam McMenamin (76)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Stuart Addis (GK) 37 apps -
Tony Kane 131 apps8 goals
Stephen McBride 40 apps -
David Munster 116 apps7 goals
Mark Surgenor 176 apps19 goals
Jonathan Taylor 90 apps10 goals
Allan Jenkins 140 apps27 goals
Alan Teggart 145 apps27 goals
Neal Gawley 34 apps3 goals
Matthew Tipton 28 apps11 goals
Darren Henderson 42 apps12 goals
Mark McCullagh (sub) 61 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jonathan Taylor (26 years 175 days)
Oldest Player:David Munster (35 years 304 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 311 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Eoin Kane (18 years 345 days)
Oldest Player:David Munster (35 years 304 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 198 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

BALLYMENA United progressed to their first ever WASP Solutions League Cup final on Tuesday evening courtesy of a 3-2 victory over Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park.

It was the hosts who started the brightest, putting the Sky Blues under a spell of early pressure which paid dividends on 20 minutes when Ballinamallard forward Ryan Campbell turned on the edge of the box and unleashed a powerful effort into the bottom corner beyond the reach of the outstretched Stuart Addis in the United goal. This early lead was no more than the Mallards deserved and they could have doubled their advantage soon after only for Lee Martin's effort to flash just wide of the goal with Stuart Addis beaten.

The large travelling Sky Blue contingent were getting restless as what appeared to be a dismal opening period drew to a close only for captain Allan Jenkins to get his side back on level terms with the last kick of the ball in the first half. Mallards goalkeeper Stefan McCusker was equal to Matthew Tipton's initial effort but could only parry the ball into the path of Jenkins who rifled home, turning the game in the process.

United reappeared for the second half totally revitalised and intent on winning the game. Matthew Tipton deservedly gave the Sky Blues the lead on the hour mark after a mad goalmouth scramble in which Stefan McCusker denied efforts from Darren Boyce and Tipton before the latter finally forced the ball over the line to complete the turnaround in the scoreline.

The visitors couldn't hold onto their lead however as just eight minutes later, in what seemed like their first attack of the second half, the Mallard drew level with Ryan Campbell again getting on the scoresheet with a composed finish after a neat team move. This did not deter the Sky Blues who responded with further pressure on the Mallards goal, first Darren Boyce was denied after clever link up play with Matthew Tipton before late drama ensued as with just two minutes left on the clock, defender David Munster fired home from Neal Gawley's free kick to send the travelling support into raptures and United into their first ever League Cup final.

Match report written by Jordan Miller



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