Dungannon Swifts 1 - 0 Ballymena United

League Cup - Group Stage
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007, 7:45 PM at Stangmore Park
Referee: Alan Black (Antrim)
Dungannon Swifts Ballymena United

Simon Kelly (o.g.) (21) None.

Team Managers
Harry Fay Tommy Wright

Starting Eleven
Dwayne Nelson
JP Gallagher
Johnny Montgomery
John Curran
Shane McCabe
Shea Campbell
Ryan McCluskey
Adam McMinn
Mark McAllister
Dwayne McManus
Adrian McCaffery
Paul Murphy
Albert Watson
Craig McClean
Simon Kelly
Thomas Wray
Garth Scates
Gavin Melaugh
Mark Picking
Stuart King
Darren Fitzgerald
Kevin Kelbie

Rodney McAree
Paul Baron
David Wells
Andrew Hamilton
Chris McDonald
Jonathan Flynn
Gary Haveron
Stephen Lowry
David Cushley
Davitt Walsh

Paul Baron for Mark McAllister (72)
Rodney McAree for Adrian McCaffery (81)
Chris McDonald for Ryan McCluskey (87)
Stephen Lowry for Gavin Melaugh (69)
Davitt Walsh for Mark Picking (69)
David Cushley for Thomas Wray (87)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Paul Murphy (GK) 51 apps -
Thomas Wray 4 apps -
Simon Kelly 22 apps1 goal
Albert Watson 184 apps6 goals
Craig McClean 70 apps -
Gavin Melaugh 13 apps -
Mark Picking 50 apps11 goals
Garth Scates 140 apps14 goals
Stuart King 67 apps6 goals
Darren Fitzgerald 44 apps10 goals
Kevin Kelbie 76 apps34 goals
Stephen Lowry (sub) 19 apps -
David Cushley (sub) 12 apps -
Davitt Walsh (sub) 6 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Albert Watson (22 years 36 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Picking (31 years 303 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 148 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jonathan Flynn (17 years 329 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Picking (31 years 303 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 9 days
Domestic Players:13 (81.25 % of matchday squad)

UNITED fell to their fourth straight defeat and elimination from the CIS League at the hands of Dungannon Swifts.

For the third season in a row under manager Tommy Wright, the sky blues failed to qualify from the group stages of the League Cup; leaving the manager under mounting pressure from the terraces.

The Braidmen travelled to Stangmore Park for this rearranged fixture needing to win by 3 clear goals, to have any hope of making the quarter-finals.

United, fielding a strong line-up, came out of the blocks well – forcing a number of corners but failed to test Swifts’ goalkeeper, Dwayne Nelson.

The home side looked dangerous going forward and took the lead after 21 minutes. Dungannon youngster Adrian McCaffrey fired a free-kick into the crowded box, however Gavin Melaugh deflected the ball into the path of Simon Kelly.

Kelly’s slow reaction meant the ball deflected off his leg and into the back of his own goal. A horrendous start for Ballymena, who now had to score four to qualifty.

The game was fairly evenly matched, with few chances at either end though, as Dungannon striker Shea Campbell came closest with a blocked shot late in the half.

The second half was much the same, as United failed to produce anything of note in front of goal.

United’s best chance fell to Mark Picking when he chased down a loose ball which forced a brave save at the feet of Picking to smother his stinging shot from close range.

Dungannon began to take control of the game, and nearly doubled their lead when McCaffrey rattled the post for the home side.

There was some discontent amongst the travelling supporters when Wright took off the hard-working Mark Picking with 20 minutes to go. However, this was a precautionary measure due to Picking only returning from a hamstring problem.

Davitt Walsh returned the side coming on at the same time, but failed to make any impact, as the tempo of the game faded into nothingness.

Wright was philosophical after yet another defeat: "I can't fault the players for effort or commitment. The difference between the two sides was that they made the most of their opportunities from free kicks in wide positions."

"We competed throughout the game. We maybe didn't create as many chances as we should have but people have to realise that confidence is low. The players know they can do better and tonight they have made a small step towards that.

Match report written by Official Ballymena United website

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