Ballymena United 3 - 0 Ballinamallard United

League Cup - Round 3
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, 8:00 PM at Ballymena Showgrounds
Referee: Mark Courtney
Ballymena United  Ballinamallard United

Allan Jenkins (19)
David Cushley (36)
Shane Dolan (54)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Whitey Anderson

Starting Eleven
Dwayne Nelson
Aaron Stewart
Jonathan Taylor
Mark McCullagh
Michael Ruddy
Tony Kane
Allan Jenkins
Gary Thompson
David Cushley
Michael McLellan
Shane Dolan
Alvin Rouse
Daniel Keohane
Steve Feeney
Mark Stafford
Dwayne McManus
Mark McConkey
David Kee
Stuart Hutchinson
Jason McCartney
Nigel Beacom
Ryan Campbell

Mark Surgenor
Alan Teggart
Gavin Taggart
Thomas Robinson
Gary Liggett
Andrew Crawford
Cathal Beacom
John Currie
Fergal Murphy
Nathan Cashel

Alan Teggart for David Cushley (66)
Gavin Taggart for Tony Kane (82)
Gary Liggett for Shane Dolan (88)
Andrew Crawford for Steve Feeney (61)
Cathal Beacom for Stuart Hutchinson (66)
John Currie for Dwayne McManus (72)

Mark McCullagh (34)
Tony Kane (58)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dwayne Nelson (GK) 170 apps -
Michael Ruddy 31 apps -
Aaron Stewart 179 apps6 goals
Tony Kane 81 apps6 goals
Jonathan Taylor 42 apps4 goals
Mark McCullagh 19 apps -
Allan Jenkins 82 apps13 goals
Gary Thompson 52 apps6 goals
Shane Dolan 21 apps6 goals
Michael McLellan 7 apps1 goal
David Cushley 128 apps25 goals
Gavin Taggart (sub) 123 apps5 goals
Alan Teggart (sub) 90 apps16 goals
Gary Liggett (sub) 29 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Michael Ruddy (20 years 69 days)
Oldest Player:Allan Jenkins (32 years 9 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 69 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Michael Ruddy (20 years 69 days)
Oldest Player:Allan Jenkins (32 years 9 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 161 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

BALLYMENA United bounced back into form in style on Tuesday evening, defeating Ballinamallard United by three goals to nil at the Showgrounds in a NIFL League Cup third round clash.

United captain Allan Jenkins, winger David Cushley and Shane Dolan were all on the scoresheet as the hosts ran out comfortable winners on a chilly October night in Ballymena.

In a scintillating first half display, the Sky Blues exerted revenge for the Mallards' Danske Bank Premiership victory on Friday night. First to threaten was David Cushley with five minutes on the clock but his 20 yard volley flew just over the bar. Allan Jenkins came close moments later but the big Scot could only direct Michael Ruddy's superb cross against the woodwork.

Jenkins atoned for his earlier miss on 19 minutes when he side-footed home Shane Dolan's deflected effort after a spell of mounting Ballinamallard pressure. The opener seemed to take the wind out of the visitor's sails allowing the home side to dictate the course of play. Michael McLellan was unfortunate not to double his side's advantage on 25 minutes but his effort nestled just inches wide of Alvin Rouse's far post.

David Cushley and Shane Dolan then both went close before the Mallards' resistance finally cracked. It was Cushley who took the plaudits on this occasion, a superb finish from a seemingly impossible angle gave United a comfortable lead heading into the break. Aaron Stewart almost added further gloss to the half time scoreline but his effort from all of 50 yards bounced just wide, despite troubling the exasperated visiting goalkeeper, Alvin Rouse.

The second half was a tamer affair but the hosts still maintained control. Fancy footwork and a classy finish inside the box from Shane Dolan on 54 minutes put the result beyond doubt, much to the pleasure of the goal deprived Showgrounds faithful. The visitor's best chance fell with just over an hour on the clock, Ryan Campbell broke free of the home defence before a harsh offside call from the assistant referee nipped his promising attack in the bud.

With the Sky Blues in cruise control, there was time for an audacious 40 yard chip from Michael McLellan, but despite being off his line, Alvin Rouse managed to scramble back in time to prevent an embarrassing fourth. Ballymena deservedly progress to the quarter finals whilst Ballinamallard are left soul searching in wonder of how they turned in a performance so unlike the one of Friday past when they ran out winners in this particular fixture.

Next up for the Sky Blues is a crucial home derby against arch rivals Coleraine in the Danske Bank Premiership (3pm) where all eyes will be on how United go about improving their recent dreadful derby record.

Match report written by Jordan Miller

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