Ballymena United 1
Dungannon Swifts 1
League (NIFL Premiership)

Ballymena United
1 - 1

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 1,363
3:00 PM Kick-off

Kofi Balmer (2)
Ryan Harpur (17)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Kris Lindsay

Starting Eleven
1. Ross Glendinning
21. Jim Ervin
11. Steven McCullough
4. Jonathan Addis
2. Tony Kane
19. Kofi Balmer
17. Andrew McGrory
23. Leroy Millar
10. James Knowles
22. Adam Lecky
9. Cathair Friel
Alex Moore .1
Jake Dykes .2
Christopher Hegarty .3
Douglas Wilson .4
Seanan Clucas .6
Daniel Hughes .7
Paul McElroy .9
Ryan Harpur .10
Alan Teggart .11
Jarlath O'Rourke .12
Kris Lowe .15

25. Ben McCauley
5. Scot Whiteside
24. Reece Glendinning
6. Ryan Mayse
12. William Faulkner
28. Connor Farrelly
15. Francis Nolan
Stuart Addis .18
David Armstrong .5
Corey McMullan .8
Mark Patton .14
Jonathan Lafferty .23
Rhyss Campbell .27
Oisin Smyth .28

Ryan Mayse for Tony Kane (67)
Reece Glendinning for James Knowles (80)

James Knowles (78)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Lee Tavinder (Referee)
Richard Storey & Andrew Nethery (Assistants)
Diarmuid Harrigan (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Ballymena United were left to rue missed chances following a 1-1 draw at home to bottom side Dungannon Swifts.

With confidence high after 4 straight wins it took United only 2 minutes to break the deadlock. Adam Lecky flicked on a Tony Kane corner and Kofi Balmer was waiting at the back post to head home off the underside of the crossbar.

The goal was the start of a good opening quarter of an hour for The Sky Blues who will feel they should've added to Balmer's goal. It was the centre half who was turning provider, picking out Cathair Friel on two occasions. The first was a long, hopeful ball to Friel which was headed wide before minutes later the same combination saw Friel's downward header well saved by the foot of Swift's 'keeper Alex Moore. Balmer wasn't finished there, with a long range shot his next effort but it was well gathered by Moore. United were displaying some nice football and a switch of play from Andy McGrory, helped on by Tony Kane, gave Steven McCullough an opening with a first time shot which he flashed wide.

The visitor's first real chance came fortuitously on 16 minutes. A clearance from Jim Ervin hit Sam Clucas with the ball falling straight into the path of Daniel Hughes, but he could only lift the ball over Ross Glendinning and the crossbar.

With 17 minutes played Dungannon equalised through Ryan Harpur. Tony Kane failed to get the ball fully out of danger and it eventually fell to Kris Lowe whose cross was headed come by Harpur at close range.

After the flurry of chances in the first 20 minutes, the half died down and clear cut chances were at a premium for the remainder of the half. What chances did fall came the way of the hosts. Friel was causing problems down the left hand side and put in a cross for Andy McGrory but his difficult to control volley went wide. Good battling from Leroy Millar helped keep the ball alive and he found McGrory on the edge of the box, with his well drilled shot smartly saved by Moore. Minutes before the break the star man from midweek Lecky showed great close control before firing a dangerous low ball across goal which Chris Hegarty was just about able to put narrowly wide for a corner which came to nothing as the half ended level.

The second period went much the way of the first with United dominant but unable to find a second. Lecky and Knowles combined well early on down the left hand side before the latter teed up Kane, whose shot deflected just over. The next opening also fell the way of Kane. From a free kick around 25 yards out the midfielder's drilled effort was straight at Moore.

The Swifts survived a bit of a goulmouth scramble on 58 minutes after Balmer's header back into the six yard box was eventually headed over the bar on the line for a corner. On the other side of the hour mark McCullough had no option other than to shoot from distance and his daisy cutter shot went inches wide. Kane was replaced by Ryan Mayse with 20 minutes left as United tried to find a killer blow up front.

However at the other end Dungannon were showing they weren't settling for a point with Lecky doing just enough to put Hegarty off at the back post from a corner before Paul McElroy missed a big chance. A good move saw Lowe play in Hughes and he squared the ball across goal for McElroy but as he looked set to finish he was denied by a goal saving block.

Following another Swifts attack Ballymena hit on the counter with McGrory crossing for Millar who set up Friel in a fantastic position but he agonisingly clipped the top of the bar. Both sides had chances to win it late on. For United McGrory headed into the side netting and an acrobatic effort from Lecky sailed over, whilst at the other end Harpur blasted over on the edge of the box.

In added time McElroy called Glendinning into action, with the 'keeper making the save as the game finished 1-1, leaving a feeling of two points dropped for the Braidmen.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (

Squad Statistics (as at October 20th, 2018)

2018-2019 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)25 13 - 85 -
Steven McCullough24 101502
Tony Kane31 10328844
Jim Ervin33 9 - 1862
Jonathan Addis26 111111
Kofi Balmer18 91404
Andrew McGrory26 112112
James Knowles25 114114
Leroy Millar23 11310311
Cathair Friel25 969946
Adam Lecky27 113113
Reece Glendinning (sub)23 6262
Ryan Mayse (sub)24 143143

League Table (as at October 20th, 2018)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Glenavon 11 9 1 1 28
2. Linfield 12 8 3 1 27
3. Crusaders 12 6 1 5 19
4. BALLYMENA UTD 11 5 3 3 18
5. Coleraine 11 4 6 1 18
6. Cliftonville 11 5 2 4 17
7. Glentoran 11 4 3 4 15
8. Institute 12 4 2 6 14
9. Warrenpoint Town 12 3 2 7 11
10. Ards 12 2 3 7 9
11. Newry 12 2 2 8 8
12. Dungannon 11 1 4 6 7