Ballymena United 3 - 2 Dungannon Swifts

League - NIFL Premiership
Saturday, December 14th, 2019, 3:00 PM at Stangmore Park
Attendance: 752
Referee: Ian McNabb
Ballymena United  Dungannon Swifts

Goalscorers
Ryan Harpur (8)
James Knowles (64)
Andrew McGrory (pen.) (71)
Oisin Smyth (24)
Oisin Smyth (62)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Kris Lindsay

Starting Eleven
Jordan Williamson
Jim Ervin
Jonathan Addis
Kofi Balmer
Steven McCullough
Tony Kane
Andrew McGrory
James Knowles
Ryan Harpur
Adam Lecky
Cathair Friel
Niall Morgan
Callum Byers
Ross Redman
Douglas Wilson
Oisin Smyth
Alan Teggart
Mark Patton
Kris Lowe
Michael Carvill
Ben Gallagher
Terry Fitzpatrick

Substitutes
Ross Glendinning
Andrew Burns
Joshua Kelly
Reece Glendinning
Ross Lavery
Shane McGinty
Kenneth Kane
Conor Byrne
Dylan King
Craig Taylor
Caomhan McGuinness
Ryan Strain
Caolin Coyle
Terry Devlin

Substitutions
Joshua Kelly for Ryan Harpur (74)
Reece Glendinning for James Knowles (81)
Terry Devlin for Terry Fitzpatrick (66)
Craig Taylor for Ross Redman (81)
Ryan Strain for Mark Patton (84)

Bookings
Tony Kane (86)
Jonathan Addis (90)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jordan Williamson (GK) 10 apps -
Tony Kane 328 apps47 goals
Jonathan Addis 67 apps5 goals
Kofi Balmer 82 apps4 goals
Jim Ervin 245 apps3 goals
Steven McCullough 112 apps5 goals
Andrew McGrory 61 apps18 goals
Ryan Harpur 23 apps2 goals
James Knowles 33 apps6 goals
Cathair Friel 145 apps65 goals
Adam Lecky 55 apps21 goals
Reece Glendinning (sub) 13 apps2 goals
Joshua Kelly (sub) 16 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kofi Balmer (19 years 90 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Ervin (34 years 200 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 239 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kofi Balmer (19 years 90 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Ervin (34 years 200 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 104 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

Ballymena United clocked up a second successive league victory from Dungannon Swifts' visit to The Showgrounds.

The Sky Blues got off to an ideal start when, on six minutes, Ryan Harpur headed home at the far post after Andy McGrory had delivered an inch perfect cross.

Dungannon levelled midway through the first half courtesy of Oisin Smyth's clinical drilled finish when he reacted to Mark Patton's initial effort off the woodwork.

Ben Gallagher might have added a second for the visitors early in the second half only to be thwarted by a fine stop from keeper Jordan Williamson.

However, Kris Lindsay's side did get their noses in front just after the hour with Smyth's second of the game when he found the top corner after Kris Lowe had knocked on a Gallagher cross.

But, within sixty seconds, it was all square again after James Knowles steered the ball home at close range from Cathair Friel's cross from the left.

Friel might have fired Ballymena back in front on 69 minutes only to skim the upright from another McGrory ball.

What proved to be United's winner came moments after that when Swifts keeper Niall Morgan was adjudged to have upended Harpur inside the area and from the spot-kick that followed McGrory got his reward for his earlier efforts with a confidently executed penalty.

Match report written by NI Football League



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Linfield 18 14 0 4 41 11 30 42
2. Coleraine 20 11 7 2 45 20 25 40
3. Crusaders 20 11 6 3 46 20 26 39
4. Cliftonville 19 12 2 5 34 13 21 38
5. Glentoran 19 10 5 4 41 25 16 35
6. Larne 19 7 7 5 36 20 16 28
7. Ballymena United 20 6 5 9 28 31 -3 23
8. Glenavon 19 7 2 10 28 47 -19 23
9. Carrick Rangers 19 7 0 12 25 31 -6 21
10. Dungannon Swifts 19 5 2 12 23 52 -29 17
11. Institute 20 2 6 12 16 45 -29 12
12. Warrenpoint Town 20 3 0 17 14 62 -48 9
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