Ballymena United 3
Dungannon Swifts 2
League (NIFL Premiership)


Ballymena United
3 - 2
Dungannon Swifts 

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Stangmore Park
Attendance: 752
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Ryan Harpur (8)
James Knowles (64)
Andrew McGrory (pen.) (71)
Oisin Smyth (24)
Oisin Smyth (62)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Kris Lindsay

Starting Eleven
31. Jordan Williamson
4. Jonathan Addis
2. Tony Kane
19. Kofi Balmer
21. Jim Ervin
11. Steven McCullough
17. Andrew McGrory
10. James Knowles
8. Ryan Harpur
22. Adam Lecky
9. Cathair Friel
Niall Morgan .41
Callum Byers .2
Ross Redman .3
Douglas Wilson .4
Oisin Smyth .10
Alan Teggart .11
Mark Patton .14
Kris Lowe .15
Michael Carvill .16
Ben Gallagher .25
Terry Fitzpatrick .66

Bench
1. Ross Glendinning
14. Andrew Burns
24. Reece Glendinning
28. Ross Lavery
7. Shane McGinty
26. Joshua Kelly
12. Kenny Kane
Conor Byrne .13
Dylan King .5
Craig Taylor .12
Caomhan McGuinness .20
Ryan Waide .21
Caolin Coyle .22
Terry Devlin .34

Substitutions
Joshua Kelly for Ryan Harpur (74)
Reece Glendinning for James Knowles (81)
Terry Devlin for Terry Fitzpatrick (66)
Craig Taylor for Ross Redman (81)
Ryan Waide for Mark Patton (84)

Cautions
Tony Kane (86)
Jonathan Addis (90)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ian McNabb (Referee)
Kristian Hanna & Gavin Andrews (Assistants)
Peter McGrath (Fourth Official)


Match Report


Ballymena United clocked up a second successive league victory from Dungannon Swifts' visit to The Showgrounds.

The Sky Blues got off to an ideal start when, on six minutes, Ryan Harpur headed home at the far post after Andy McGrory had delivered an inch perfect cross.

Dungannon levelled midway through the first half courtesy of Oisin Smyth's clinical drilled finish when he reacted to Mark Patton's initial effort off the woodwork.

Ben Gallagher might have added a second for the visitors early in the second half only to be thwarted by a fine stop from keeper Jordan Williamson.

However, Kris Lindsay's side did get their noses in front just after the hour with Oisin Smyth's second of the game when he found the top corner after Kris Lowe had knocked on a Gallagher cross.

But, within sixty seconds, it was all square again after James Knowles steered the ball home at close range from Cathair Friel's cross from the left.

Friel might have fired Ballymena back in front on 69 minutes only to skim the upright from another McGrory ball.

What proved to be United's winner came moments after that when Swifts keeper Niall Morgan was adjudged to have upended Harpur inside the area and from the spot-kick that followed Andrew McGrory got his reward for his earlier efforts with a confidently executed penalty.

Match report written by NI Football League



Squad Statistics (as at December 14th, 2019)


2019-2020 All Time
Age
Jordan Williamson (GK)24 9 - 10 -
Jonathan Addis27 252675
Kofi Balmer19 19 - 824
Steven McCullough25 29 - 1125
Tony Kane32 12132847
Jim Ervin34 28 - 2453
Ryan Harpur31 182232
Andrew McGrory27 2586118
James Knowles26 41336
Cathair Friel26 21714565
Adam Lecky28 1245521
Reece Glendinning (sub)24 2 - 132
Joshua Kelly (sub)20 161161



League Table (as at December 14th, 2019)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 18 14 0 4 42
2. Coleraine 20 11 7 2 40
3. Crusaders 20 11 6 3 39
4. Cliftonville 19 12 2 5 38
5. Glentoran 19 10 5 4 35
6. Larne 19 7 7 5 28
7. BALLYMENA UTD 20 6 5 9 23
8. Glenavon 19 7 2 10 23
9. Carrick Rangers 19 7 0 12 21
10. Dungannon Swifts 19 5 2 12 17
11. Institute 20 2 6 12 12
12. Warrenpoint Town 20 3 0 17 9