Ballymena United 0 - 1 Crusaders

League Cup - Semi final
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011, 7:45 PM at Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 727
Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)
Ballymena United  Crusaders

None. Stuart Dallas (47)

Team Managers
Roy Walker
Stephen Baxter

Starting Eleven
Wayne Drummond
Aaron Stewart
David Munster
Mark Surgenor
Richard Vauls
Tony Kane
Alan Teggart
Conor Downey
Rory Carson
Jordan Baker
Neil Lowry
Sean O'Neill
Paul Leeman
David Magowan
Stephen McBride
Gareth McKeown
Aidan Watson
Declan Caddell
Chris Morrow
Stuart Dallas
Michael Halliday
Ciaran Gargan

Dwayne Nelson
Christopher Rodgers
Curtis Woods
Allan Jenkins
Gary McCutcheon
David Rainey
Jordan Owens
Matthew Hazley
Ryan McCann
David McMaster

Gary McCutcheon for Jordan Baker (53)
Allan Jenkins for Rory Carson (59)
Curtis Woods for Richard Vauls (69)
David Rainey for Ciaran Gargan (61)
Jordan Owens for Michael Halliday (61)
Matthew Hazley for Declan Caddell (79)

Richard Vauls
Chris Morrow
David Rainey

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Wayne Drummond (GK) 16 apps -
David Munster 15 apps1 goal
Aaron Stewart 119 apps3 goals
Mark Surgenor 97 apps11 goals
Tony Kane 16 apps2 goals
Richard Vauls 15 apps1 goal
Rory Carson 20 apps2 goals
Conor Downey 16 apps -
Alan Teggart 24 apps3 goals
Jordan Baker 21 apps6 goals
Neil Lowry 2 apps -
Curtis Woods (sub) 12 apps -
Allan Jenkins (sub) 23 apps4 goals
Gary McCutcheon (sub) 69 apps37 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Neil Lowry (18 years 130 days)
Oldest Player:David Munster (32 years 300 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 337 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Neil Lowry (18 years 130 days)
Oldest Player:Gary McCutcheon (33 years 74 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 229 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

A STUART Dallas goal early in the second half was enough to book Crusaders a place in January's IRN-BRU League Cup final.

The 20-year-old pounced just two minutes after the break when United 'keeper Wayne Drummond fumbled the ball after he appeared to have safely gathered an Aaron Stewart back header.

With the gale force winds at their back Ballymena enjoyed the better of whatever first-half chances were created in the unfavourable coditions with perhaps a 35-yard Tony Kane free-kick early in proceedings being the pick of the bunch as he forced Crues 'keeper Sean O'Neill into a full stretch save to turn the ball away.

After Dallas' goal - and with the wind in their favour - Crusaders came close again when substitute Jordan Owens with a curling 20-yard drive, followed by a Gareth McKeown effort from the centre circle which the wind carried narrowly over.

O'Neill was called into action again on 76 minutes when United's Scottish duo - Gary McCutcheon and Allan Jenkins - combined for the latter to produce another superb stop from the visiting 'keeper.

Dallas almost doubled his tally later in the game while Matt Hazley had a stoppage time attempt turned over.

Match report written by Official IFA Premiership Website

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