Ballymena United 2 - 1 Warrenpoint Town

Irish Cup - Round 5
Saturday, January 12th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Ballymena Showgrounds
Referee: Raymond Hetherington
Ballymena United  Warrenpoint Town

Shane Dolan (25)
Alan Davidson (78)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Barry Gray

Starting Eleven
Dwayne Nelson
Christopher Rodgers
David Munster
Ross Black
Tony Kane
Alan Teggart
Allan Jenkins
Gary Thompson
David Cushley
Gary Liggett
Shane Dolan

Mark Surgenor
Richard Vauls
Alan Davidson
Gavin Taggart
Peter Duffin

Gavin Taggart for Gary Thompson (46)
Alan Davidson for Alan Teggart (63)
Peter Duffin for David Cushley (76)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dwayne Nelson (GK) 142 apps -
Christopher Rodgers 36 apps2 goals
Tony Kane 54 apps3 goals
Ross Black 41 apps1 goal
David Munster 58 apps5 goals
Allan Jenkins 58 apps11 goals
Alan Teggart 65 apps12 goals
Gary Thompson 27 apps5 goals
Shane Dolan 2 apps2 goals
Gary Liggett 1 app (debut) -
David Cushley 108 apps17 goals
Gavin Taggart (sub) 107 apps4 goals
Alan Davidson (sub) 25 apps7 goals
Peter Duffin (sub) 4 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Christopher Rodgers (22 years 15 days)
Oldest Player:David Munster (33 years 331 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 75 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Peter Duffin (18 years 300 days)
Oldest Player:David Munster (33 years 331 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 217 days
Domestic Players:13 (81.25 % of matchday squad)

A MOUTHWATERING clash with rivals Coleraine awaits plucky Ballymena United who recorded a somewhat fortuitous Irish Cup 5th round win over Championship 1 side Warrenpoint Town on Saturday.

Man of the match Dwayne Nelson should rightly take the plaudits for almost single handily keeping his side in the competition. Save after save he made – some at point blank range to keep the impressive Warrenpoint men at bay. Ironically, it was a spill from Nelson which almost gifted the visitors the lead early on, but the in-form keeper scrambled back to his line and the ball was cleared.

It was United who drew first blood, recent signing Shane Dolan endeared himself further to the home faithful with a second goal in as many games. Allan Jenkins thought he had broken the deadlock moments earlier, only for the retreating John Boyle to hook the ball of the line. His last gasp clearance fell to debutant Gary Liggett, who linked well with Gary Thompson before finding hot shot striker Dolan to break the deadlock with 25 minutes on the clock.

It could have been two just minutes later but David Cushley shot wide with his weaker right foot when well placed to score. United threatened again later in the half when Cushley's effort was palmed away by Warrenpoint 'keeper Jonathan Parr into the path of winger Ally Teggert who attempted an acrobatic overhead kick which was unfortunately placed straight at Parr.

United appeared to rest on their laurels after the break, with the visitors re-emerging as by far the stronger team. Martin Havern can feel especially unlucky, and must be cursing the form of Dwayne Nelson who kept him at bay on two separate occasions. Another curling effort from Haveron flew just wide of Nelson's right hand post as the visitors begun to rank up the pressure.

The home side could have doubled their advantage against the run of play when a knock down from Gary Liggett fell straight into the path of Shane Dolan but the Dubliner miss-kicked his effort when all thought the net was certain to bulge. United paid for their profligacy on 71 minutes when substitute Mark Hughes went on a mazy run before finding fellow replacement Keith Johnston to stroke the ball past the despairing home goalkeeper.

This finally brought the Sky Blues to life, and it was a substitute of their own who stole the show with a late strike. Gary Liggett found Warrenpoint native Alan Davidson who rifled home a superb effort from the edge of the box to send his side into the next round. The relief around the Showgrounds was palpable, the home side knew they had recorded a victory that was scarcely deserved, but a victory it was and one which keeps the club's Irish Cup dream alive.

Match report written by Jordan Miller

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