Warrenpoint Town 1 - 2 Ballymena United

League - NIFL Premiership
Saturday, September 26th, 2015, 3:00 PM at Milltown
Attendance: 130
Referee: Arnold Hunter
Warrenpoint Town Ballymena United

Goalscorers
Stephen Hughes (58) Matthew Tipton (34)
David Cushley (47)

Team Managers
Barry Gray Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Aaron Shanahan
Darren King
Liam Bagnall
Dermot McVeigh
Stephen Moan
John Boyle
Mark Hughes
Stephen Murray
Mark Clarke
Daniel Hughes
Stephen Hughes
Dwayne Nelson
Jim Ervin
Jonathan Taylor
Michael Ruddy
Tony Kane
Allan Jenkins
Eoin Kane
William Faulkner
David Cushley
Matthew Shevlin
Matthew Tipton

Bench
Conor McDonald
Matthew Rooney
Mark McCabe
Padraig Smith
Jordan Dane
Kyle McVey
Gary Thompson
Mark Magennis
Neal Gawley
Darren Henderson

Substitutions
Conor McDonald for Mark Clarke (50)
Matthew Rooney for Mark Hughes (62)
Mark McCabe for Stephen Murray (73)
Neal Gawley for Matthew Tipton (79)
Gary Thompson for Eoin Kane (88)

Bookings
Stephen Moan (46)
Liam Bagnall (55)
John Boyle (73)
Allan Jenkins (21)
Matthew Shevlin (45)

Red Cards
Stephen Moan (90) None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dwayne Nelson (GK) 214 apps -
Jim Ervin 44 apps2 goals
Michael Ruddy 74 apps3 goals
Jonathan Taylor 114 apps11 goals
Tony Kane 158 apps9 goals
William Faulkner 9 apps1 goal
Allan Jenkins 170 apps33 goals
Eoin Kane 14 apps1 goal
Matthew Shevlin 13 apps5 goals
Matthew Tipton 56 apps24 goals
David Cushley 210 apps53 goals
Gary Thompson (sub) 122 apps15 goals
Neal Gawley (sub) 52 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Matthew Shevlin (16 years 297 days)
Oldest Player:Matthew Tipton (35 years 97 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 352 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Matthew Shevlin (16 years 297 days)
Oldest Player:Matthew Tipton (35 years 97 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 252 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

BALLYMENA United gained their first ever victory at Milltown Playing Fields, thanks to goals from Matthew Tipton and David Cushley.

Five minutes into the game and Warrenpoint had a chance after Stephen Hughes passed to Stephen Murray, but Jim Ervin made an excellent block.

Just after the half hour mark Tony Kane had a long range effort with his left foot, but the ball went just over the bar. Seconds later Matthew Shevlin found Kane on the edge of the box and he knocked the ball across for Matthew Tipton to tap it in and put the Sky Blues ahead.

A few minutes before the half-time break Kane sent another left foot effort in but it went just past the post of former Ballymena keeper Aaron Shanahan. The home side then had a good chance to level the scores through a Mark Hughes header, but Dwayne Nelson saved at point blank range.

United opened the second half with a free kick just outside the box, David Cushley smashing it low into the net from the edge of the D to give the visitors some breathing space.
That didn't last too long though, as some poor handling by Nelson, coupled with bad defending, allowed Stephen Hughes to pull a goal back.

Johnny Taylor had a chance to get on the scoresheet on 69 minutes but managed to scoop the ball over the bar from a yard out.
Nelson had to be alert as Warrenpoint had several good chances as the half wore on, rushing off his line to deny both opportunities.

The game ended on a sour note as Point player Stephen Moan was shown a second yellow card by referee Arnold Hunter for a poor challenge on Matthew Shevlin.

Match report written by Paul Irwin



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Linfield 9 8 0 1 28 9 19 24
2. Crusaders 9 6 2 1 24 6 18 20
3. Cliftonville 9 6 1 2 13 9 4 19
4. Coleraine 9 5 1 3 12 13 -1 16
5. Glenavon 9 3 3 3 21 12 9 12
6. Glentoran 9 3 3 3 11 11 0 12
7. Portadown 9 3 2 4 12 15 -3 11
8. Ballymena United 9 3 2 4 14 20 -6 11
9. Carrick Rangers 9 2 3 4 10 17 -7 9
10. Dungannon Swifts 9 2 2 5 11 21 -10 8
11. Ballinamallard United 9 1 2 6 7 16 -9 5
12. Warrenpoint Town 9 1 1 7 8 22 -14 4
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