Dungannon Swifts 1
Ballymena United 0
League (NIFL Premiership)


1 - 0

Ballymena United

League (NIFL Premiership)
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
Stangmore Park
Attendance: 577
7:45 PM Kick-off

Douglas Wilson (23) None.

Team Managers
Kris Lindsay David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
1. Sam Johnston
4. Douglas Wilson
5. Dylan King
7. Daniel Hughes
10. Oisin Smyth
11. Alan Teggart
14. Mark Patton
15. Kris Lowe
16. Michael Carvill
22. Caolin Coyle
46. Shane McGinty
Ross Glendinning .1
Steven McCullough .11
Jonathan Addis .4
Scot Whiteside .5
Kofi Balmer .19
Reece Glendinning .24
Joshua Kelly .26
James Knowles .10
Kenny Kane .12
Adam Lecky .22
Joe McCready .15

13. Conor Byrne
3. Ross Redman
21. Ryan Waide
27. Rhyss Campbell
45. Niall McGinley
47. Francis Brennan
48. Guillaume Keke
Jordan Williamson .31
Kyle Owens .35
Ethan Warnock .29
Andrew Burns .14
Tony Kane .2
Dean Lewis .38
Jude Winchester .20

Ryan Waide for Daniel Hughes (36)
Rhyss Campbell for Mark Patton (90)
Jude Winchester for Kenny Kane (60)
Kyle Owens for James Knowles (78)

Douglas Wilson (70)
Oisin Smyth (90)
Scot Whiteside (25)
James Knowles (30)
Steven McCullough (34)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Chris Morrison (Referee)
Stephen Donaldson & John Doherty (Assistants)
Steven Gregg (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Ballymena United slipped below opponents Dungannon Swifts in the league after a 1-0 defeat at Stangmore Park on Tuesday night.

Suspension for Cathair Friel saw him replaced by Joe McCready, whilst Kenny Kane and Kofi Balmer came back into the starting XI for the rearranged game in Co. Tyrone.

Neither side really came out of the traps quickly with a quiet and slow start to the game. United were edging it in terms of possession but it wasn't being converted into chances, with Kane firing well over the only shot from either side in the opening twenty minutes.

The Sky Blues got away with one from the Swifts' first chance when Mark Patton picked out Daniel Hughes unmarked at the back post, but he failed to get the right connection on his header to trouble Ross Glendinning.

The visitors weren't as lucky three minutes later as Dungannon broke the deadlock on 23 minutes. Patton swung in a free kick from the middle of the half after a foul by Balmer and Douglas Wilson was allowed to make a free run before heading home under no pressure at all.

Ballymena went close to hitting back instantly when Adam Lecky got a shot away from the edge of the box, only to see his low effort bobble its way just past the post. On 28 minutes the Braidmen were fortunate not to be 2-0 down when Josh Kelly's loose back pass was picked up by Hughes, but he couldn't quite get enough on his shot to get it over the line and Jonny Addis cleared.

Coming into the last ten minutes of the half it was the hosts well on top as United's decent spell early on was now a distant memory. Michael Carvill had a shot from distance that looked to be going in until a good block from Addis, as United trailed at the break.

The second half had the feel of two teams at the wrong end of the table as neither lit up the final 45 minutes, with Dungannon happy to watch time tick on under little Sky Blue pressure. The first chances of the half came Ballymena's way in their best minutes of the game. Reece Glendinning picked out Joe McCready with a ball across the box, but McCready was denied by Sam Johnston. From the resulting corner Scot Whiteside headed narrowly wide, with McCready unable to get a touch to turn the ball goalwards.

On the hour mark it was Glendinning's turn to save well as Patton walked through into the box before his low shot was tipped round the post. The final half hour was all but eventless. The Sky Blues had plenty of chances to get balls into the box from open play and set pieces, but the majority of these were easy work for Johnston to come and gather.

Swifts sub Ryan Waide tested Glendinning with a header in the home side's only real chance and with fifteen minutes to go David Jeffrey brought on Kyle Owens and threw him up front, but it was to little effect as Dungannon eased to victory to leave Ballymena in 10th spot and looking a little over their shoulders.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (www.ballymenaunitedfc.com)

Squad Statistics (as at March 3rd, 2020)

2019-2020 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)26 29 - 139 -
Scot Whiteside22 201521
Kofi Balmer19 23 - 864
Reece Glendinning24 11 - 222
Steven McCullough25 42 - 1255
Jonathan Addis27 352775
Joshua Kelly20 292292
James Knowles26 131426
Adam Lecky28 2246521
Kenny Kane20 172172
Joe McCready29 4141
Kyle Owens (sub)27 419013
Jude Winchester (sub)26 253608

League Table (as at March 3rd, 2020)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 30 21 3 6 66
2. Coleraine 30 18 8 4 62
3. Glentoran 30 17 7 6 58
4. Crusaders 30 16 8 6 56
5. Cliftonville 30 17 5 8 56
6. Larne 30 15 8 7 53
7. Glenavon 30 10 5 15 35
8. Carrick 30 10 2 18 32
9. Dungannon 30 8 5 17 29
10. BALLYMENA UTD 30 7 6 17 27
11. Warrenpoint Town 30 5 2 23 17
12. Institute 30 2 9 19 15