Carrick Rangers 1
Ballymena United 4
League (NIFL Premiership)


Carrick Rangers 

1 - 4

Ballymena United


League (NIFL Premiership)
Friday, August 26th, 2016
Taylor's Avenue
Attendance: 720
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Nathan Hanley (31) Allan Jenkins (3)
Cathair Friel (22)
Jonathan McMurray (38)
Conor McCloskey (61)

Team Managers
Kieran Harding David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
Simon Steele
Patrick McNally
Nathan Hanley
Brian McCaul
Steven McCullough
Gareth McKeown
Mark Clarke
Mark Surgenor
Tiarnan McNicholl
Thomas Murray
Adam Salley
Alan Blayney
Daniel Wallace .17
Jim Ervin .21
Caolan Loughran
Tony Kane .2
Kyle Owens
Allan Jenkins
Conor McCloskey
Leroy Millar
Jonathan McMurray
Cathair Friel

Bench
Seanna Foster
Gary Lavery
Chris Morrow
Elliott English
Daniel Kelly
Ross Glendinning
Francis McCaffrey
William Faulkner
Gary Thompson
Matthew Shevlin

Substitutions
Seanna Foster for Tiarnan McNicholl (54)
Gary Lavery for Nathan Hanley (54)
Chris Morrow for Mark Clarke (66)
Matthew Shevlin for Jonathan McMurray
Gary Thompson for Tony Kane (63)
William Faulkner for Leroy Millar (74)

Cautions
Adam Salley (64)
Mark Surgenor (90)
Tony Kane (45)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Raymond Crangle (Referee)





Match Report


BALLYMENA United defeated Carrick Rangers 4-1 at Belfast Loughshore Arena tonight, goals coming from Jenkins, Friel, McMurray and McCloskey.

The game had barely started and United were ahead, Tony Kane sending in a corner which was nodded down by Caolan Loughran into the path of Allan Jenkins who rammed it home.

In the following 15 minutes United had a series of free kicks and another corner was swung out by Kane and Millar rose but headed it just wide. With 21 minutes on the clock United had doubled their lead, another corner from Kane towards the near post allowing Cathair Friel to get his head to it unmarked and fire it home.

In the 31st minute Carrick pulled a goal back after what looked like a terrible decision by Raymond Crangle to penalise Ballymena for a back pass after a sliding tackle on the attacking player. Gareth McKeown struck the ball straight at the wall but Nathan Hanley was on hand to fire past Alan Blayney. United were two goals ahead again in the 39th minute, Johnny McMurray firing a dipping right footed shot over Carrick keeper Simon Steele from almost 30 yards.

With almost 10 minutes of the second half gone, McCloskey had a fantastic chance when he was clear on goal, but he chose to pass to Kane and gave the defender time to get back and prevent a shot at goal. McCloskey did get the next goal, however, as he took the ball into the box and fired low into the bottom corner of the net just after the hour mark.

In the last 10 minutes of the game McMurray was played through from a long ball but shot at the keeper. Friel had a good chance and forced Steele to turn the ball over the bar for a corner. Just before 90 minutes Willie Faulkner sent a shot in and the keeper pushed it away towards Kyle Owens who sent his shot wide.

Match report written by Paul Irwin



Squad Statistics (as at August 26th, 2016)


2016-2017 All Time
Age
Alan Blayney (GK)34 2 - 64 -
Daniel Wallace21 4 - 4 -
Jim Ervin31 5 - 832
Tony Kane28 4119313
Kyle Owens24 5252
Caolan Loughran21 2141
Allan Jenkins34 5221045
Conor McCloskey24 4141
Leroy Millar20 5 - 231
Jonathan McMurray21 4141
Cathair Friel23 5353
Gary Thompson (sub)26 5 - 15518
William Faulkner (sub)26 1 - 346
Matthew Shevlin (sub)17 2 - 305



League Table (as at August 26th, 2016)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Glenavon 5 3 1 1 2 10
2. Crusaders 4 2 2 0 9 8
3. Linfield 4 2 2 0 5 8
4. Coleraine 5 2 2 1 2 8
5. BALLYMENA UTD 5 2 1 2 -3 7
6. Cliftonville 4 1 1 2 0 4
7. Ards 5 3 1 1 2 10
8. Dungannon Swifts 4 2 0 2 3 6
9. Glentoran 5 2 0 3 -4 6
10. Carrick Rangers 5 1 1 3 -9 4
11. Ballinamallard Utd 4 0 1 3 -3 1
12. Portadown 4 1 0 3 -4 -9

* - Table split into two divisions of six.