Larne 0 - 1 Ballymena United

League Cup - Group Stage
Saturday, September 18th, 2004, 3:00 PM at Inver Park
Referee: Brian Turkington (Belfast)
Larne Ballymena United

None. Shea Campbell (3)

Team Managers
Jimmy McGeough Kenny Shiels

Starting Eleven
Alex Spackman
Gary Wray
Jeff Hughes
Adam Hamilton
Alan Murphy
Mark Parker
Frankie Wilson
Stephen Small
Andrew McKnight
Stephen Loverso
Mark Dickson
Robert Robinson
Albert Watson
Ciaran Donaghy
Gary Smyth
Nigel Boyd
Jamie Marks
Oran Kearney
Tim McCann
Justin McBride
Rory Hamill
Shea Campbell

Jim Crossley
Martin Rodgers
Ross Black
Gordon Simms
Eddie Hill
Gareth McLaughlin

Jim Crossley for Mark Parker (69)
Martin Rodgers for Frankie Wilson (76)
Ross Black for Gary Wray (86)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Robert Robinson (GK) 50 apps -
Albert Watson 63 apps -
Nigel Boyd 313 apps21 goals
Ciaran Donaghy 44 apps -
Gary Smyth 7 apps -
Jamie Marks 26 apps2 goals
Tim McCann 5 apps -
Oran Kearney 86 apps27 goals
Justin McBride 33 apps6 goals
Shea Campbell 136 apps69 goals
Rory Hamill 5 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Albert Watson (19 years 15 days)
Oldest Player:Gary Smyth (34 years 281 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 80 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Albert Watson (19 years 15 days)
Oldest Player:Gary Smyth (34 years 281 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 74 days
Domestic Players:14 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

BALLYMENA United stand on the verge of a CIS Insurance Cup quarter-final place following this single goal victory away to Larne.

There was a rip-roaring start to the game when, after two minutes, Mark Dickson struck the post from a low Andy McKnight cross.

Then, barely sixty seconds later, the visitors took the lead when, almost immediately, keeper Robert Robinson fed the ball to Shea Campbell who managed to get away from the Larne defence to slot home his first goal of the season.

On ten minutes the woodwork was struck again, this time from United's Justin McBride 25-yard effort which had Alex Spackman beaten.

Soon after Campbell headed straight at the keeper from a Rory Hamill cross while on the half-hour mark Spackman managed to tip a three-yard Campbell effort over the bar.

It was Robinson's turn to save his side when, eight minutes after the break, he pulled off a double stop to deny first Gary Wray and then Dickson's follow-up.

At the other end Spackman dived full length to keep out Hamill with Alan Murphy on hand to clear the loose ball.

Then, two minutes from time, Oran Kearney set up Campbell but for the third time in the game the ball struck the woodwork.

Match report written by Official Irish Premier League website

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