Crusaders 2 - 1 Ballymena United

League Cup - Group Stage
Saturday, September 9th, 2006, 3:00 PM at Seaview
Referee: Stephen Weatherall (Belfast)
Crusaders Ballymena United

Goalscorers
David Rainey (37)
David Larmour (88)
Garth Scates (19)

Team Managers
Stephen Baxter Tommy Wright

Starting Eleven
Aaron Hogg
David Magowan
Colin Beggs
Raymond Campbell
Jeff Spiers
Colin Coates
David Munster
Chris Morrow
David Larmour
David Rainey
Stephen McBride
Paul Murphy
Aaron Callaghan
Albert Watson
Darren Murphy
Gordon Simms
Nigel Boyd
Garth Scates
Gary Haveron
Lee Patrick
Austin Friel
Kevin Kelbie

Bench
Ciaran Gargan
Eamon McAllister
Barry Spence
Mark Picking
Darren Fitzgerald
Paul Brown

Substitutions
Ciaran Gargan for Colin Beggs
Eamon McAllister for Raymond Campbell
Mark Picking for Nigel Boyd (46)
Darren Fitzgerald for Austin Friel (71)
Paul Brown for Kevin Kelbie (78)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Paul Murphy (GK) 5 apps -
Gordon Simms 68 apps5 goals
Albert Watson 140 apps4 goals
Darren Murphy 3 apps -
Nigel Boyd 359 apps22 goals
Aaron Callaghan 4 apps -
Lee Patrick 28 apps3 goals
Garth Scates 96 apps7 goals
Gary Haveron 48 apps4 goals
Kevin Kelbie 36 apps17 goals
Austin Friel 5 apps -
Mark Picking (sub) 4 apps -
Darren Fitzgerald (sub) 15 apps5 goals
Paul Brown (sub) 14 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Callaghan (20 years 75 days)
Oldest Player:Nigel Boyd (33 years 88 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 189 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Aaron Callaghan (20 years 75 days)
Oldest Player:Nigel Boyd (33 years 88 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 74 days
Domestic Players:12 (85.71 % of matchday squad)

CRUSADERS came from behind to claim all three points from this Group B encounter at Seaview and now stand on the verge of a place in the last eight.

However, the outcome of the whole group is still uncertain.

On paper Ballymena United are out of the competition but with the eligibility issue surrounding Limavady's Stephen Parkhouse still to be resolved Tommy Wright's side could be thrown a points lifeline at the expense of the Roesiders - and as a result could yet overhaul Stephen Baxter's side.

The Sky Blues opened the scoring after 19 minutes when Garth Scates delivered a low shot past Aaron Hogg. The move started in midfield when Crues stalwart Raymond Campbell lost possession which allowed Kevin Kelbie to bring the ball forward before supplying the telling pass.

Crusaders levelled, however, eight minutes from the break. Campbell made amends for his earlier mistake when he found Chris Morrow who, in turn, provided the cross for David Rainey to slot past Paul Murphy.

Both sides might have taken the advantage early in the second half when first Austin Friel for the visitors and Rainey for the Crues threatened but it was United who came closest five minutes from time when Mark Picking unleashed a 25-yard effort only to see it cannon back off the crossbar.

However, just three minutes later, David Larmour secured the points for Crusaders with a close range drive after a Colin Coates attempt had been blocked.

Match report written by Official Ballymena United website

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