Ballymena United 3 - 3 Limavady United

League Cup - Group Stage
Saturday, September 16th, 2006, 3:00 PM at Ballymena Showgrounds
Referee: Frankie Hiles (Coleraine)
Ballymena United  Limavady United

Paul Brown (14)
Kevin Kelbie (32)
Kevin Kelbie (70)
Stephen Parkhouse (19)
Stephen Lowry (35)
Martin Cutmore (39)

Team Managers
Tommy Wright

Starting Eleven
Paul Murphy
Aaron Callaghan
Albert Watson
Darren Murphy
Gordon Simms
Garth Scates
Lee Patrick
Mark Picking
Austin Friel
Kevin Kelbie
Paul Brown
Alan Ryan
Martin Cutmore
Tony Shields
Stephen Parkhouse
Vincent Sweeney
Stephen Lowry

Andrew Rosbotham
Dominic Melly
David Cushley

Andrew Rosbotham for Austin Friel (46)
Dominic Melly for Mark Picking (77)
Harkin for Semple (68)
McCreadie for Stephen Lowry (76)
Hegarty for Smuth (87)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Paul Murphy (GK) 6 apps -
Gordon Simms 69 apps5 goals
Darren Murphy 4 apps -
Albert Watson 141 apps4 goals
Aaron Callaghan 5 apps -
Garth Scates 97 apps7 goals
Lee Patrick 29 apps3 goals
Mark Picking 5 apps -
Austin Friel 6 apps -
Kevin Kelbie 37 apps19 goals
Paul Brown 15 apps3 goals
Andrew Rosbotham (sub) 29 apps2 goals
Dominic Melly (sub) 49 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Callaghan (20 years 82 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Murphy (31 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 150 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:David Cushley (17 years 60 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Murphy (31 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 349 days
Domestic Players:12 (85.71 % of matchday squad)

BALLYMENA United completed their CIS Cup campaign with a 3-3 draw at home to Limavady United today.

With Ballymena already eliminated from the competition, it took an equaliser from Kevin Kelbie - one of a brace from the Scottish striker; Paul Brown scored the other - to finally dent the Roesiders' hopes of making the knockout stages.

In keeping with the performances in the earlier part of the competition, United twice squandered leads and ended a manic first period by going in 3-2 behind.

United - who had 16-year-old reserve team striker David Cushley on the bench - took the lead in the 14th minute when Austin Friel's corner was powerfully headed home from 15 yards by Paul Brown.

Limavady were level within five minutes, however, when Ryan Semple, on the right flank, outsmarted stand-in left-back Darren Murphy and his cross was converted from close-range by Stephen Parkhouse.

Ballymena regained the lead on 32 minutes. Mark Picking's effort to cross from the right flank was shut off and the winger instead came inside onto his left foot and crossed for Kelbie to somehow out-jump keeper Alan Ryan and head home.

Remarkably, Limavady were back on level terms just three minutes later when Semple cut through the United defence and although keeper Paul Murphy kept out the winger's effort with his foot, the ball fell to Stephen Lowry who fired home the loose ball off the inside of the post.

And six minutes before the break, the visitors went in front for the first time when Martin Cutmore's deflected free kick beat Murphy and ended up in the bottom corner.

The second half failed to match the excitement of the first but Ballymena did force a deserved equaliser on 70 minutes when substitute Andrew Rosbotham's pinpoint free kick was headed home by Kelbie.

"We improved in the second half but we have to be disappointed at scoring three goals at home and not winning the match," said Ballymena boss Tommy Wright.

"It was a fairly disappointing CIS Cup but I firmly believe our performances deserved more points than we managed - that was entirely our own fault."

Match report written by Official Ballymena United website

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