Cliftonville 4
Ballymena United 3
County Antrim Shield (Quarter final)


4 - 3

Ballymena United

County Antrim Shield (Quarter final)
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Darren Henderson (10)
Allan Jenkins (60)
Alan Teggart (88)

Team Managers
Tommy Breslin Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Conor Devlin
Ronan Scannell
Barry Johnston
Jonathan Flynn
George McMullan
Stephen Garrett
James Knowles
Marc Smyth
Joe Gormley
Martin Murray
Tiarnan Mulvenna
Dwayne Nelson
David Munster
Michael Ruddy
Tony Kane .2
Aaron Stewart .6
Kyle McVey
Eoin Kane
Allan Jenkins .10
Gavin Taggart
Matthew Tipton
Darren Henderson

Jonathan McMurray
David McDaid
Jaimie McGovern
Ryan Catney
Aaron Harris
Alan Teggart
Alan Davidson .4
Matthew Shevlin
David Cushley .11

None. Alan Teggart for Michael Ruddy (66)
David Cushley for Eoin Kane (68)
Alan Davidson for Gavin Taggart (82)

None. Aaron Stewart (15)

Red Cards
None. Aaron Stewart (80)

Match Officials

Ian McNabb (Referee)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United crashed out of the Toals County Antrim Shield at Solitude on Tuesday, losing 4-3 to Cliftonville in an enthralling clash.

The Sky Blues took the lead with just ten minutes on the clock, a speculative lob from all of 35 yards by Darren Boyce looped over Cliftonville goalkeeper Conor Devlin and into the net. The hosts responded with a spell of pressure and came close through James Knowles before winning a hotly contested penalty after an apparent infringement in the box on 36 minutes. Captain George McMullan stepped up to send the ball past Dwayne Nelson and draw the Reds level.

Both sides traded chances as an entertaining first half drew to a close, first Allan Jenkins threatened for United but failed to hit the target, before Tiarnan Mulvenna and Stephen Garrett both went close for Cliftonville.

The hosts began to assert their authority in the second half and almost took the lead when Joe Gormley found himself through on goal, only for a combination of Dwayne Nelson and the recovering Davy Munster keeping the ball at bay. United's defiance was only to last for so long however as on 50 minutes Gormley's cross caused havoc in the Sky Blues' defence with Stephen Garrett on hand to eventually turn the ball in and give the home side the lead.
Less than ten minutes later it was three, as Martin Murray found himself in space just outside of the box and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner to seemingly give his side a comfortable two goal cushion. That cushion was not to last for any longer than a minute as almost straight from the restart, Matthew Tipton found Allan Jenkins in the box to slot the ball home and reduce the arrears, giving United a fighting chance in the process.

Martin Murray had another chance to restore the two goal advantage but was denied by Dwayne Nelson before Darren Boyce failed to hit the target with a header from point blank range after Tony Kane's cross. Stephen Garrett became the latest Reds player to be denied by Nelson in the United goal and moments later was involved in a collision with Aaron Stewart, with the defender sent off for a second bookable offence.

Despite being reduced to ten men, United rallied and scored a dramatic late equaliser on 89 minutes when Ally Teggart finished off a neat team move from inside the box. David Cushley then tested Conor Devlin with a powerful effort before Darren Boyce spurned a glorious chance on 94 minutes, shooting high and wide when clean through on goal. With the game seemingly destined for extra time, there was time for one last twist when Cliftonville striker Davy McDaid found space in the box and steered the ball beyond Dwayne Nelson to win it for the Reds and leave the Sky Blues rueing their missed opportunities.

Match report written by Jordan Miller

Squad Statistics (as at October 28th, 2014)

2014-2015 All Time
Dwayne Nelson (GK)30 19 - 195 -
Tony Kane27 1311237
Michael Ruddy21 101572
Kyle McVey28 9292
Aaron Stewart24 11 - 2196
David Munster35 8 - 1096
Gavin Taggart29 1411576
Eoin Kane18 1 - 3 -
Allan Jenkins33 15513125
Matthew Tipton34 197197
Darren Henderson28 1743311
Alan Teggart (sub)27 18413927
Alan Davidson (sub)26 6 - 7210
David Cushley (sub)25 18618044

League Table (as at October 28th, 2014)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Cliftonville 14 7 6 1 27
2. Glenavon 14 8 2 4 26
3. Crusaders 14 7 4 3 25
4. Portadown 14 7 3 4 24
5. Linfield 14 7 3 4 24
6. Glentoran 14 5 5 4 20
7. Coleraine 14 6 2 6 20
8. BALLYMENA UTD 14 5 4 5 19
9. Institute 14 4 4 6 16
10. Ballinamallard Utd 14 3 3 8 12
11. Dungannon 14 1 6 7 9
12. Warrenpoint Town 14 2 2 10 8