Dungannon Swifts 1 - 5 Ballymena United

League - NIFL Premiership
Saturday, December 12th, 2020, 3:00 PM at Stangmore Park
Attendance: 350
Referee: Tim Marshall
Dungannon Swifts Ballymena United

Michael Carvill (pen.) (21) Jude Winchester (54)
Trai Hume (56)
Paul McElroy (pen.) (60)
Shay McCartan (72)
Shay McCartan (85)

Team Managers
Kris Lindsay David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
Sam Johnston
Dylan King
Kris Lowe
Rhyss Campbell
Lorcan Forde
Mark Patton
Michael Carvill
Corey McMullan
Francis Brennan
Terry Devlin
Adam Glenny
Jordan Williamson
Ciaran Kelly
Jonathan Addis
Joshua Kelly
Kofi Balmer
Ross Redman
Trai Hume
Jude Winchester
Leroy Millar
Paul McElroy
Shay McCartan

Alan Teggart
Daniel Hughes
Oisin Smyth
Ben Gallagher
Cahal McGinty
Dylan O'Kane
James Convie
Ross Glendinning
Jim Ervin
Tony Kane
Owen McKeown
Ryan Harpur
Joseph McCready
Ryan Waide

Oisin Smyth for Corey McMullan (62)
Alan Teggart for Mark Patton (76)
James Convie for Michael Carvill (85)
Tony Kane for Joshua Kelly (87)
Ryan Harpur for Leroy Millar (87)
Joseph McCready for Paul McElroy (87)

Francis Brennan (17) None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jordan Williamson (GK) 22 apps -
Joshua Kelly 40 apps2 goals
Jonathan Addis 88 apps5 goals
Kofi Balmer 95 apps6 goals
Trai Hume 9 apps1 goal
Ross Redman 10 apps -
Ciaran Kelly 9 apps -
Jude Winchester 71 apps9 goals
Leroy Millar 176 apps26 goals
Shay McCartan 10 apps4 goals
Paul McElroy 10 apps6 goals
Tony Kane (sub) 345 apps48 goals
Ryan Harpur (sub) 31 apps2 goals
Joseph McCready (sub) 10 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Trai Hume (18 years 274 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Redman (31 years 27 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 336 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Trai Hume (18 years 274 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Ervin (35 years 199 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 191 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

Ballymena United produced a sensational second half display to hammer Dungannon Swifts 5-1 at Stangmore Park this afternoon.

There was one change to the side that picked up a point at Portadown a week ago, with Jude Winchester coming in for Joe McCready.

United started brightly and Trai Hume fired over within 2 minutes, but that was almost as exciting as it got for the visitors in an underwhelming first half showing. The Swifts' first chance fell the way of skipper Kris Lowe, as he flashed an effort wide. Ballymena's best chance of the half came on 20 minutes from a corner as Ciaran Kelly headed wide after getting up well, but that was to be the last real chance Ballymena had.

Within a minute at the other end the hosts had a chance to go ahead from the spot when Ciaran Kelly bundled Rhyss Campbell over in the box. Michael Carvill took the penalty and dispatched it down the middle to move the home side in front.

Dungannon were by no means dominating proceedings despite the goal and the half struggled to gain any momentum or moments of quality. Towards the end of the first period United had a penalty appeal turned away when Hume's cross appeared to strike the hand of Adam Glenny, before Lowe headed a great chance just wide from a free kick, as a poor half saw Ballymena go into the break behind.

If the first half had lacked inspiration from the Sky Blues, the second half had it in abundance after a five star and five goal showing.

Jude Winchester and Mark Patton traded chances in the opening minutes before Lorcan Forde called Jordan Williamson into a smart stop, but on 54 minutes United leveled. A couple of balls into the box were dealt with by Dungannon, but finally Shay McCartan's cross picked out a totally unmarked Winchester who headed home from six yards out.

Winchester's was the first goal of three in a six minute Braidmen blitz, as Hume put Ballymena ahead with his first goal for the club. A cross from the left made its way through a sea of players in the box and fell to Hume who nodded home at the back post.

Dungannon's second half went from bad to worse on 59 minutes when Sam Johnston brought down Shay McCartan in the box for the second penalty of the day. The ever-reliable Paul McElroy stepped up and buried his pin-point penalty into the bottom corner, past Johnston who'd went the right way. It was McElroy's sixth goal of the season.

By now Ballymena were playing with swagger and McElroy forced Johnston into a good stop before McCartan's long range free kick deflected inches wide. It was 4-1 United on 72 minutes after a stunning counter attacking goal. Josh Kelly, who'd had a top quality second half, won the ball back in his own half and fed McElroy down the left. McElroy's fired ball into the middle of the box was perfect for the arriving McCartan and he emphatically finished to round off a fine goal.

Captain Leroy Millar looked to get in on the act and some dazzling solo work on the right warranted him to have a crack, with Johnston again saving well.

With it wave after wave of Ballymena attack Ciaran Kelly had a header cleared off the line by Carvill before Johnston saved yet again from McCartan, but shortly afterwards McCartan wasn't to be denied. Millar found McCartan on the edge of the box and the former Northern Ireland international, who'd been going through the gears as the game progressed, produced a moment of magic to duke past two players with lightning quick feet, before firing across goal into the bottom corner.

Tony Kane, Ryan Harpur and McCready all came on late on and the latter was denied by Johnston, whose heroics kept the score to five, as a stunning second half performance from the Sky Blues made it four wins in five.

Match report written by Philip McPeake

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Larne 10 8 2 0 18 5 13 26
2. Linfield 10 7 1 2 23 13 10 22
3. Crusaders 10 7 0 3 20 9 11 21
4. Ballymena United 10 5 1 4 17 12 5 16
5. Cliftonville 9 4 0 5 13 10 3 12
6. Warrenpoint Town 9 3 2 4 10 12 -2 11
7. Coleraine 9 3 1 5 11 14 -3 10
8. Glentoran 8 2 3 3 16 10 6 9
9. Glenavon 8 2 3 3 13 14 -1 9
10. Portadown 9 2 2 5 10 22 -12 8
11. Dungannon Swifts 10 2 2 6 7 22 -15 8
12. Carrick Rangers 8 1 1 6 7 22 -15 4
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