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|Robert Hume (5)||
David Munster (23)
Alan Teggart (pen.) (31)
Tony Kane .2
Allan Jenkins .10
Eugene Ferry for Martin Gallagher (46)
Ronan Doherty for Patrick McLaughlin (60)
Jamie McIntyre for Robert Hume (73)
Mark McCullagh for Darren Henderson (20)
Matthew Ferguson for Neal Gawley (67)
Eoin Kane for Alan Teggart (90)
Robert Hume (32)
Dean Curry (65)
Keith Kennedy (Referee)
BALLYMENA United recorded their second away victory in four days courtesy of a 2-1 comeback victory over Institute with David Munster and Ally Teggart on target for the Sky Blues.
United got off to a nightmare start as the hosts took the lead with just four minutes on the clock. Robbie Hume fired past Stuart Addis via a deflection after a free kick from Lee Toland into the box. This early shock woke the visitors into life as the Sky Blues began to exert a spell of pressure on the Institute backline. First Darren Boyce was denied by home goalkeeper Martin Gallagher after a powerful close range header before seeing another effort saved by a superb goal line clearance from 'Stute defender Paddy McLaughlin.
United then forced a string of corners, with Neal Gawley's delivery from the right causing all sorts of problems in the Institute box. Eventually one such delivery proved fruitful as on 24 minutes David Munster took advantage of a defensive mix up to lash the ball home and score his second goal in four days. Ballymena immediately went in search of another and didn't have long to wait, when on 30 minutes referee Keith Kennedy awarded a penalty kick for a push in the box. Up stepped Ally Teggert to coolly slot the ball into the bottom right hand corner and give United a deserved lead.
As half time approached Teggert almost extended his side's advantage only for his placed effort to connect with the woodwork with goalkeeper Martin Gallagher well beaten. The second half was practically a non event, with Insititue failing to trouble the United defence at all. Allan Jenkins and Neal Gawley both had efforts to wrap up the game for the Sky Blues but neither really troubled substitute goalkeeper Eugene Ferry.
In the end United held out to record an important away victory which will serve as a timely boost ahead of the crunch Boxing Day derby with Coleraine when victory is essential if the Sky Blues are to realise any lingering hopes of a top six finish in the league.
Match report written by Jordan Miller
|Stuart Addis (GK)||35||4||-||38||-|
|Mark McCullagh (sub)||27||20||-||62||-|
|Matthew Ferguson (sub)||19||5||-||6||-|
|Eoin Kane (sub)||18||5||-||7||-|