Glentoran 6 - 1 Ballymena United

County Antrim Shield - Quarter final
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008, 7:45 PM at The Oval
Referee: Brian Turkington (Belfast)
Glentoran Ballymena United

Goalscorers
Michael Halliday (2)
Grant Gardiner (15)
Darren Boyce (25)
Michael Halliday (61)
Darren Boyce (73)
Paul Leeman (83)
Phillip Simpson (o.g.) (56)

Team Managers
Alan McDonald Roy Walker

Starting Eleven
Elliott Morris
Kyle Neill
Sean Ward
Michael Halliday
David Scullion
Dean Fitzgerald
Phillip Simpson
Darren Boyce
Grant Gardiner
Jaimie McGovern
Jonathan Black
Alan Blayney
Aaron Stewart
Albert Watson
Gavin McDonnell
Liam Hogan
Aidan Watson
Gary Haveron
Gavin Melaugh
Stuart King
Kevin Kelbie
Neil Teggart

Bench
Paul Leeman
Daryl Fordyce
Andrew Waterworth
James Taylor
Craig Harris
Craig McClean
Joe McDonnell
Mark Picking
Davitt Walsh
Michael Ward

Substitutions
Paul Leeman for Dean Fitzgerald (66)
Daryl Fordyce for David Scullion (79)
Andrew Waterworth for Michael Halliday (76)
Mark Picking for Gary Haveron (46)
Davitt Walsh for Neil Teggart (76)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
Kyle Neill None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Blayney (GK) 6 apps -
Albert Watson 216 apps8 goals
Gavin McDonnell 6 apps -
Aaron Stewart 1 app (debut) -
Liam Hogan 3 apps -
Aidan Watson 77 apps3 goals
Stuart King 95 apps8 goals
Gavin Melaugh 43 apps4 goals
Gary Haveron 114 apps11 goals
Neil Teggart 6 apps4 goals
Kevin Kelbie 108 apps50 goals
Mark Picking (sub) 74 apps11 goals
Davitt Walsh (sub) 29 apps11 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Stewart (18 years 285 days)
Oldest Player:Gavin McDonnell (30 years 93 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 259 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Aaron Stewart (18 years 285 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Picking (32 years 274 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 274 days
Domestic Players:13 (81.25 % of matchday squad)

BALLYMENA United suffered a humiliating defeat to Glentoran at the Oval in the quarter-final of the County Antrim Shield - as the Sky Blues'poor start to the season continues.

Roy Walker made some bold changes to his United side; firstly bringing in Aaron Stewart, son of former Glentoran and Ballymena captain Alfie, for his debut and handing the captaincy to striker Kevin Kelbie.

In a far to alarming occurance this season, the Braidmen went behind early on - this time after just 180 seconds! Goalkeeper Alan Blayney was found wanting as he failed to hold onto a cross and although Darren Boyce’s resulting attempt was headed off the line by Aidan Watson – Michael Halliday was on hand to fire the Glens in front.

With fifteen minutes gone, the Shield holders moved further in front when young midfielder Grant Gardiner - one of a number of Glentoran fringe players on show - received the ball just outside the box from Boyce and he rifled an unstoppable shot home.

Darren Boyce rattled the United crossbar soon after; but was rewarded with his goal on 25 minutes when Gavin Melaugh’s poor backward header was intercepted by the former Coleraine midfielder who slid the ball under Blayney for number three.

With the visitors in disarray the half-time whistle couldn't come soon enough at the Oval, as a makeshift Glentoran side were running the Sky Blues ragged.

After regrouping, Ballymena enjoyed their most positive spell straight after the break and pulled a goal back on 56 minutes when substitute Mark Picking crossed and Glentoran defender Phillip Simpson headed into his own net past goalkeeper, Elliott Morris.

However, just when Ballymena thought they might sneak a way back into the tie - Glentoran struck a fourth as Michael Halliday raced through the static United defence to fire home Dean Fitzgerald's throughball.

Number five came on 73 minutes when David Scullion played a simple ball into space for Darren Boyce to hold of the challenge of two United defenders before firing home.

Glentoran went down to ten men two minutes later when Kyle Neill was given a straight red card from Brian Turkington for a late tackle on Mark Picking.

The misery just didn't stop when Gavin McDonnell's poor clearance wasn't controlled by debutant Archie Stewart, who was muscled off the ball by Paul Leeman, who shaped up and fired a fantastic drive from 25 yards.

"I have never been through as bad a spell and the most concerning thing is that when I look for true leadership on the pitch, it's not there."

"It's that bad it's ridiculous. I feel sorry for the busload of fans who came down and I feel their frustration.

"We're in a massive game on Saturday – a real six-pointer – and after tonight, how many can put their hand on their heart and say 'I made a positive contribution'? Not too many.

"We missed a great chance at the very start of the second half when the keeper saved one while on the ground and at 3-1 we had a couple of half-chances before we self-destructed again.

"I'm truly at a loss to understand why the simplest of instructions cannot be carried out."

Match report written by Official Ballymena United website

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