Harland and Wolff Welders 2 - 2 Ballymena United

Irish Cup - Round 5
Saturday, January 11th, 2014, 1:30 PM at Tillysburn Park
Referee: Ross Dunlop
Harland and Wolff Welders Ballymena United

Goalscorers
Philip Simpson (5)
Matthew Burrows (78)
Philip Simpson (o.g.) (61)
Darren Henderson (86)

Team Managers
Gary Smyth Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Lee Windrum
Gareth Beattie
Craig Harris
Ryan Deans
Daniel McMurray
Philip Simpson
Paul Dickson
Mark Magennis
Matthew Burrows
Joshua Cahoon
Scott Davidson
Aaron Shanahan
Aaron Stewart
David Munster
Jonathan Taylor
Mark Surgenor
Tony Kane
Alan Teggart
Allan Jenkins
Gary Thompson
Gavin Taggart
David Cushley

Bench
Christopher Middleton
William Armstrong
Samuel Devine
Barr
Michael Dougherty
Jim Ervin
Alan Davidson
Darren Henderson
Michael McLellan
Neil Lowry

Substitutions
None. Jim Ervin for Gavin Taggart (42)
Darren Henderson for Mark Surgenor (46)
Michael McLellan for Gary Thompson (82)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Aaron Shanahan (GK) 1 app (debut) -
Jonathan Taylor 58 apps6 goals
David Munster 86 apps5 goals
Aaron Stewart 194 apps6 goals
Mark Surgenor 150 apps17 goals
Tony Kane 98 apps6 goals
Alan Teggart 106 apps20 goals
Gary Thompson 68 apps10 goals
Allan Jenkins 100 apps17 goals
Gavin Taggart 134 apps5 goals
David Cushley 146 apps35 goals
Jim Ervin (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Darren Henderson (sub) 1 app (debut)1 goal
Michael McLellan (sub) 15 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Gary Thompson (23 years 236 days)
Oldest Player:David Munster (34 years 330 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 284 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Neil Lowry (20 years 160 days)
Oldest Player:David Munster (34 years 330 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 306 days
Domestic Players:13 (81.25 % of matchday squad)

DEBUTANT Darren Boyce spared United's blushes with a dramatic late equaliser at Tillysburn Park to secure a 2-2 draw and a replay at the Showgrounds on Tuesday 21st.

The hosts started much the brighter and deservedly took the lead with just five minutes on the clock. Centre back Philip Simpson scrambled home Mark Magennis' corner past Sky Blues' debutant goalkeeper Aaron Shanahan to put the Championship side one goal to the good.

United responded to going a goal down with a weak effort from Allan Jenkins, easily saved by Welders goalkeeper Lee Windrum before Aaron Stewart flashed a cross across the face of goal with no one on hand to tap it into the net. Both sides had excellent chances before the break, first Josh Cahoon headed just past the near post for the Welders before Matty Burrows' curling effort nestled just over the bar. For the Sky Blues, David Munster's powerful header was saved of the line by Lee Windrum after Alan Teggart's corner, leaving the score 1-0 to the home side at the interval.

United should have been level on 47 minutes but defender Johnny Taylor shot wide when in acres of space inside the box. Scott Davidson almost made Ballymena pay for their profligacy but his effort curled just wide of Aaron Shanahan's far post. On 61 minutes the Sky Blues were level, substitute and one of three debutantes Jim Ervin flashed a delightful cross into the six yard box which was accidentally bundled into the bottom corner by Welders goalscorer Philip Simpson under duress from Tony Kane.

Ballymena should have went in front moments later when an excellent through ball from Tony Kane was blasted over the bar by Darren Boyce, a golden chance wasted. The Welders made United pay for this miss on 78 minutes when Matty Burrows slotted home Gareth Beattie's cross to put the home side seemingly in the hat for the next round.

Late drama was to follow however with 86 minutes on the clock, centre back David Munster found himself in an unfamiliar wide right position, and the big man proved his ability in such a role with a pin point cross to Darren Boyce who headed the ball past Windrum to send the sizeable travelling support into raptures.

Alan Teggert and David Cushley both had late chances to win the tie for the visitors, but defeat would have been harsh on the Welders who have more than earned a second bite of the cherry through a replay at Ballymena Showgrounds next Tuesday night. This Tuesday however United are in league action at Stangmore Park against Dungannon Swifts (7.45pm).

Match report written by Jordan Miller



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