Ballymena United 2
Ballinamallard United 1
League (NIFL Premiership)


Ballymena United
2 - 1
Ballinamallard Utd 

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 447
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Neal Gawley (29)
Eamon McAllister (83)
Cathal Beacom (86)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Whitey Anderson

Starting Eleven
Tim Allen
Jonathan Taylor
2. Tony Kane
Michael Ruddy
21. Jim Ervin
Mark Surgenor
Neal Gawley
Gary Thompson
Darren Henderson
Matthew Tipton
11. David Cushley
Adam Murphy
Liam McMenamin
Steve Feeney
David Kee
Jonathan Lafferty
Colm McLaughlin
Stuart Hutchinson
Jason McCartney
Cathal Beacom
Christopher Crilly
Ryan Campbell

Bench
Kyle McVey
Craig Gardiner
Aaron Harris
Eamon McAllister
Jake McNeill
Dale Noble
David Elliott
Ben Brown
Lee McNulty
Stefan McCusker

Substitutions
Eamon McAllister for Neal Gawley (46)
Craig Gardiner for Matthew Tipton (72)
Jake McNeill for Michael Ruddy (84)
Dale Noble for Stuart Hutchinson (19)
David Elliott for Ryan Campbell (68)
Ben Brown for Christopher Crilly (85)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Evan Boyce (Referee)


Match Report


BALLYMENA United made it five wins in a row and secured 7th place in the league as they defeated visiting Ballinamallard United.

Matthew Tipton had a goal ruled out for an offside offence early in the game, but just before the half hour mark Neal Gawley scored from a Mark Surgenor cross.

Eamon McAllister replaced Neal Gawley at half time and started well with a run and a shot at goal which went just over the target. Shortly afterwards Tony Kane delivered a great ball to David Cushley who sent a low cross to Darren Boyce who put it just wide.

Michael Ruddy fired an effort just past the post and Tipton had a header saved by Mallards keeper Adam Murphy. Youngster Craig Gardiner then made his first league appearance for the Club, replacing Tipton.

Boyce had a chance after taking the ball round Murphy, but he couldn't find the net from the tight angle he was left with. A Tony Kane free kick was deflected into the past of sub McAllister who was able to finish and put the Sky Blues two goals ahead.

Cathal Beacom pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 86th minute, but it wasn't enough as the game finished with the home side grabbing all three points.

The last time United won 5 league games in a row was in the 2008-09 season, when they defeated Glenavon 3-1 away, Crusaders 1-0 at home, Bangor 3-0 away, Glentoran 2-1 away and Coleraine 2-0 at home. This fine run of form resulted in the then Ballymena manager Roy Walker winning the Manager Of The Month award.

Match report written by Paul Irwin



Squad Statistics (as at April 18th, 2015)


2014-2015 All Time
Age
Tim Allen (GK)23 12 - 12 -
Michael Ruddy21 191662
Mark Surgenor29 28318720
Jonathan Taylor26 39410811
Tony Kane27 4231529
Jim Ervin29 17 - 341
Neal Gawley29 364475
Gary Thompson24 33311214
Matthew Tipton34 47194719
Darren Henderson29 46146221
David Cushley25 361119849
Craig Gardiner (sub)18 2 - 2 -
Eamon McAllister (sub)27 9292
Jake McNeill (sub)18 2 - 2 -



League Table (as at April 18th, 2015)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Crusaders 36 24 7 5 79
2. Linfield 36 20 8 8 68
3. Glenavon 37 20 6 11 66
4. Cliftonville 37 16 13 8 61
5. Portadown 37 17 10 10 61
6. Glentoran 37 15 10 12 55
7. BALLYMENA UTD 37 14 6 17 48
8. Coleraine 37 12 8 17 44
9. Ballinamallard Utd 37 10 8 19 38
10. Dungannon 37 8 13 16 37
11. Warrenpoint Town 37 6 11 20 29
12. Institute 37 4 10 23 22