Omagh Town 0 - 0 Ballymena United

League Cup - Group Stage
Tuesday, September 10th, 2002, 7:30 PM at St. Julians Road
Referee: Gerry Flynn (Enniskillen)
Omagh Town Ballymena United

None. None.

Team Managers
Roy McCreadie Kenny Shiels

Starting Eleven
Gavin Cullen
Stephen Johnston
Eamon Kavanagh
Paul McLaughlin
Emmet Quigley
Ruari Boyle
Andrew Crawford
Martin McCann
Barry Patton
Ivan Sproule
Colm McCullagh
Dwayne Nelson
Albert Watson
Mark Carlisle
Paul Byrne
Richard Culbertson
Joe Gray
Oran Kearney
Trevor McLernon
Trevor McMullan
Paul Millar
Shea Campbell

Austin Friel
Dermot Doherty
Seamus Fanthorpe
David McAlinden
Conor Gregg
Gareth McLaughlin

Austin Friel for Andrew Crawford (87) Gareth McLaughlin for Paul Millar (85)

Ivan Sproule (35)
Emmett Quigley (38)
Martin McCann (74)
Trevor McLernon (85)
Mark Carlisle (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dwayne Nelson (GK) 10 apps -
Richard Culbertson 35 apps3 goals
Albert Watson 14 apps -
Paul Byrne 25 apps2 goals
Mark Carlisle 406 apps2 goals
Joe Gray 6 apps -
Oran Kearney 7 apps1 goal
Trevor McLernon 49 apps8 goals
Trevor McMullan 51 apps7 goals
Paul Millar 2 apps -
Shea Campbell 61 apps24 goals
Gareth McLaughlin (sub) 14 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Albert Watson (17 years 6 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Byrne (38 years 170 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 156 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Albert Watson (17 years 6 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Byrne (38 years 170 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 262 days
Domestic Players:14 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

Not many sides will visit St. Julian's Road and emerge with at least a point but just like last season the Sky Blues appear to be able to match anything Roy McCreadie's side throw at them.

To be fair Omagh probably deserved all three points from this CIS Insurance Cup clash but football is all about taking advantage of your chances so on that basis a draw was probably the only reasonable outcome.

Omagh started brightly and came close to opening the scoring after 11 minutes when defender Stephen Johnston got his head to a Eamon Kavanagh cross only to see his effort crash back off the crossbar.

Then, on 19 minutes, striker Andy Crawford had a goal ruled out for offside.

United hit back, though, with a couple of chances of their own from Paul Millar and Shea Campbell which, while not really troubling Gavin Cullen, certainly proved to the home back four that the Sky Blue attack couldn't be underestimated.

Early in the second half Cullen was called into action again with a superb double save to deny Campbell and Joe Gray after the Omagh defence had failed to adequately deal with a Trevor McLernon corner.

Omagh were thwarted once more a short time later when Barry Patton sent a header against the upright.

They continued to press and almost grabbed a late winner nine minutes from time when Crawford just failed to reach an Ivan Sproule cross while Ballymena almost won it themselves soon after when Campbell was dispossessed by Ruari Boyle just as he was about to pull the trigger.

Match report written by Official Ballymena United website

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