Dungannon Swifts 2
Ballymena United 2
League (NIFL Premiership)


2 - 2

Ballymena United

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
Stangmore Park
Attendance: 437
3:00 PM Kick-off

Andrew Mitchell (6)
Andrew Mitchell (10)
Conor McCloskey (30)
Cathair Friel (61)

Team Managers
Rodney McAree David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
Andy Coleman
Chris Hegarty
David Armstrong
Douglas Wilson
Jarlath O'Rourke
Kris Lowe
Jamie Glackin
Ryan Harpur
Andrew Mitchell
Cormac Burke
Alan Teggart
Alan Blayney .18
Jim Ervin .21
Tony Kane .2
Caolan Loughran .34
Kyle Owens .4
Daniel Wallace .17
Allan Jenkins .10
Conor McCloskey .11
Leroy Millar .23
Cathair Friel .14
Jonathan McMurray .27

Seanan Clucas
Paul McElroy
Stefan Lavery
Matthew Hazley
Stuart Addis
Ross Glendinning .1
Denver Gage .6
William Faulkner .12
Gary Thompson .7
Matthew Shevlin .16

Paul McElroy for Alan Teggart (69)
Seanan Clucas for Cormac Burke (69)
Stefan Lavery for Andrew Mitchell (77)
William Faulkner for Leroy Millar (66)
Gary Thompson for Conor McCloskey (75)

Chris Hegarty (87) Allan Jenkins (43)
Caolan Loughran (52)
Jim Ervin (81)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven Gregg (Referee)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United had to come from behind to grab a draw against Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park today.

United started the game brightly and had a good chance with 5 minutes gone, Daniel Wallace crossing in and Cathair Friel heading just past the post. Unfortunately a long ball played out of the Dungannon defence reached Andy Mitchell who was able to strike past Alan Blayney and into the top corner of the net. Within 4 minutes the Swifts were 2 ahead, Mitchell grabbing his second goal after being played through by Kris Lowe.

Just after the 15 minute mark the visitors had another chance, but Johnny McMurray headed over from a corner. Moments later Tony Kane sent a free kick flying in, resulting in a shot from Conor McCloskey which seen a slight deflection and went under the legs of Swifts keeper Coleman, but he was able to recover and stop the ball crossing the line. Ballymena finally pulled a goal back as the half hour mark approached, Conor McCloskey putting a header past Coleman.

Conor McCloskey pulled the first goal back for United
Just after the hour mark Tony Kane whipped in a corner and Friel got on the end of it with a header past Coleman.

As the game went on United were piling on the pressure, and towards the end had a series of corners but it just wouldn't fall in the right spot. In the 90th minute the Swifts cleared the ball but it hit their own player and bounced into the path of Friel and the official raised the flag for a very questionable offside offence.

The Sky Blues will have been very disappointed to go 2 goals down early in the game, but they showed battling spirit to come back and grab a vital point.

After the game Manager David Jeffrey said "We've been preaching to our wide players when the ball's coming in from the opposite side they've got to be coming in at the back post, and Conor did that with great aplomb and that got us back into the game and give us a little bit of self believe. Then Cathair scores his usual goal with a fantastic header from a great delivery from Anthony Kane, and I felt that possession wise in the second half we dominated the game but probably didn't create enough chances, but overall I've got to say Dungannon are a very good side under Rodney McAree they play some superb football.

I've got to mention the playing surface, it is like a carpet and Dungannon Swifts need to be praised for the state of their pitch, it's superb. When you reflect on it while I would've been delighted with 3 points, trying to take a step back and be objective, a draw was a fair result."

Match report written by Paul Irwin

Squad Statistics (as at September 3rd, 2016)

2016-2017 All Time
Alan Blayney (GK)34 4 - 66 -
Jim Ervin31 7 - 852
Tony Kane29 6219514
Caolan Loughran21 4161
Kyle Owens24 7272
Daniel Wallace21 6 - 6 -
Allan Jenkins34 7321246
Conor McCloskey24 6262
Leroy Millar21 7 - 251
Cathair Friel23 7575
Jonathan McMurray21 6262
Gary Thompson (sub)26 7 - 15718
William Faulkner (sub)26 3 - 366

League Table (as at September 3rd, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Crusaders 6 4 2 0 11 14
2. Coleraine 6 3 2 1 5 11
3. Glenavon 5 3 1 1 2 10
4. Linfield 5 2 3 0 5 9
5. BALLYMENA UTD 6 2 2 2 -3 8
6. Cliftonville 5 2 1 2 1 7
7. Ards 6 3 1 2 1 10
8. Dungannon 6 2 2 2 3 8
9. Glentoran 5 2 0 3 -4 6
10. Carrick 6 1 1 4 -13 4
11. Ballinamallard Utd 6 0 1 5 -7 1
12. Portadown 6 2 0 4 -1 -6

* - Table split into two divisions of six.