Ballymena United 0 - 1 Linfield

County Antrim Shield - Quarter final
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011, 7:45 PM at Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 1,042
Referee: Colin Burns (Newtownabbey)
Ballymena United  Linfield

Goalscorers
None. BJ Burns (?)

Team Managers
Roy Walker
David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
Dwayne Nelson
Aaron Stewart
David Munster
Mark Surgenor
Richard Vauls
Tony Kane
Alan Teggart
Gavin Taggart
Michael Smith
Gary McCutcheon
James Costello
Stuart Addis
BJ Burns
Aaron Burns
William Murphy
Steven Douglas
Daryl Fordyce
Nathan Hanley
Christopher Casement
Phillip Lowry
Peter Thompson
Rory Patterson

Substitutes
Aaron Kerr
Curtis Woods
Denver Gage
Conor Downey
Eamonn Murray
Brian McCaul
Neil Dougan
Alan Blayney
Damien Curran
Robert Garrett

Substitutions
Eamonn Murray for James Costello (77)
Denver Gage for David Munster (85)
Brian McCaul for Nathan Hanley
Neil Dougan for Peter Thompson

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dwayne Nelson (GK) 101 apps -
Mark Surgenor 82 apps9 goals
Aaron Stewart 102 apps2 goals
Richard Vauls 2 apps -
David Munster 6 apps -
Tony Kane 4 apps -
Alan Teggart 6 apps1 goal
Gavin Taggart 62 apps3 goals
Michael Smith 5 apps -
James Costello 7 apps -
Gary McCutcheon 51 apps20 goals
Denver Gage (sub) 38 apps1 goal
Eamonn Murray (sub) 42 apps10 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Michael Smith (19 years 72 days)
Oldest Player:Gary McCutcheon (32 years 342 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 203 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Curtis Woods (18 years 355 days)
Oldest Player:Gary McCutcheon (32 years 342 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 139 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

Linfield went into the hat for the Co. Antrim Shield semi-final draw at Windsor Park on Saturday tea-time with a 1-0 victory away to Ballymena United this evening.

Only one player who started Saturday's game at the same venue (Rory Patterson) started this evening's game although Saturday subs Philip Lowry and Peter Thompson were in the starting line-up. Lowry was making his 100th appearance for the Blues.

It was an entertaining game overall. BJ Burns shot over the bar on 15 minutes and a few minutes later a Philip Lowry header skimmed the crossbar. Alan Teggart brought a flying save out of Stuart Addis on the half hour mark and shortly after Linfield had a good penalty shout turned down, Philip Lowry shot wide of goal from a good position. Just before the interval Alan Teggart fired over when well placed and the half time whistle was blown by the same referee from Saturday's game (Colin Burns) with the score goalless.

Early in the second half Linfield took control of the game creating several good chances. Rory Patterson's downward header from a corner bounced up and cleared the crossbar. Peter Thompson brilliantly turned his defender but his shot across goal went agonisingly inches wide of the far post. Linfield went in front through Billy Joe Burns. A fierce Rory Patterson free kick was only parried by the home keeper into the path of the incoming Billy Joe Burns who made no mistake from close range. Five minutes later a clever Nathan Hanley flick on created an opening for Rory Patterson but Nelson in the home goal made a fine save.

Ballymena full back Kane brought a good save out of Addis with a fine free kick from distance as Ballymena went in search of an equaliser.

McCaul replaced Hanley and Dougan made his debut appearance coming on for Peter Thompson.

Dougan made a fine run down the left crossing for Fordyce who went close to increasing Linfield's advantage.

The latter stages brought intense pressure from the home side as they sought an equaliser. Addis produced a superb save from a rasping free kick from Kane. In injury time Ballymena did get the ball in the net but the linesman had already raised his flag for offside.

Match report written by Linfield FC website



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