Ballymena United 1 - 1 Linfield

(Won 4 - 3 on pens.)
County Antrim Shield - Final
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012, 7:45 PM at The Oval
Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)
Ballymena United  Linfield

Goalscorers
David Munster (23)
Brian McCaul (pen.) (73)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
Stuart Addis
Aaron Stewart
David Munster
Mark Surgenor
Ross Black
Tony Kane
Alan Davidson
Gary Thompson
William Bingham
David Cushley
James Costello
Ross Glendinning
Jim Ervin
David Armstrong
William Murphy
Jonathan Black
Robert Garrett
Michael Gault
Jamie Mulgrew
Nathan Hanley
Michael Carvill
Gary Browne

Substitutes
Dwayne Nelson
Christopher Rodgers
Allan Jenkins
James McCabe
Jamie Davidson
Peter Thompson
Daryl Fordyce
Brian McCaul
Phillip Lowry
Albert Watson

Substitutions
Jamie Davidson for William Bingham (65)
Allan Jenkins for David Munster (82)
James McCabe for James Costello (97)
Peter Thompson for Nathan Hanley (46)
Daryl Fordyce for Gary Browne (60)
Brian McCaul for Robert Garrett (72)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Stuart Addis (GK) 21 apps -
Ross Black 35 apps1 goal
Aaron Stewart 155 apps5 goals
Mark Surgenor 119 apps13 goals
Tony Kane 48 apps3 goals
David Munster 51 apps5 goals
Gary Thompson 22 apps5 goals
Alan Davidson 22 apps6 goals
William Bingham 2 apps -
James Costello 41 apps9 goals
David Cushley 101 apps15 goals
Allan Jenkins (sub) 51 apps11 goals
Jamie Davidson (sub) 33 apps6 goals
James McCabe (sub) 16 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:William Bingham (19 years 219 days)
Oldest Player:David Munster (33 years 285 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 288 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie Davidson (18 years 337 days)
Oldest Player:David Munster (33 years 285 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 85 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

ALAN Davidson's match winning penalty kick ended 23 years of hurt for Ballymena United and their fans as the longest trophy drought in the club's history came to a welcome end at The Oval on Tuesday evening.

David Munster opened the scoring for the Sky Blues on 23 minutes, David Cushley's effort rebounded back off the car, allowing David Munster to rise majestically and head home amidst wild scenes of jubilation in the main stand.

The large Sky Blue crowd were in great voice, and the players responded, going in to the break with a well deserved 1-0 lead.

Linfield did improve in the second half, Michael Carvill blew a great chance on 63 minutes only for the tricky winger to blaze over with the goal gaping. The Blues did equalise on 73 minutes, after winning a second penalty in the space of three days against United. Goal hero David Munster hauled down the lively Carvill, allowing substitute Brian McCaul to step up and slot the ball past Stuart Addis.

As the match drifted towards extra time, both teams had ample opportunity to win the match outright. United's Alan Davidson's fiercely struck free kick forced a great save out of Ross Glendinning, after William Murphy's header cannoned back off the cross bar for Linfield.

Extra time produced no more goals so penalties ensued. United feared the worst after Jamie Davidson's effort was palmed away by Glendinning, but Stuart Addis proved the hero as he saved penalties from both David Armstrong and Daryl Fordyce to allow Alan Davidson to step up and do the honours.

Match report written by Jordan Miller



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