Ballymena United 1
Donegal Celtic 0
County Antrim Shield (Quarter final)


Ballymena United
1 - 0
Donegal Celtic 

County Antrim Shield (Quarter final)
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Ballymena Showgrounds
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
David Cushley (36)
None.

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Paul McAreavey

Starting Eleven
Dwayne Nelson
2. Tony Kane
Stephen McBride
6. Aaron Stewart
Mark McCullagh
David Munster
Alan Teggart
10. Allan Jenkins
11. David Cushley
Shane Dolan
Michael McLellan
Brian McGurk
Karl Rossborough
Daniel Wallace
Mark Burns
Ciaran Burns
Conor Downey
Gary Warwick
Pearse Devine
Patrick Kelly
Emmett Templeton
Kevin Hughes

Bench
Mark Surgenor
Gavin Taggart
4. Alan Davidson
Neil Lowry
Gary Liggett
Joseph Todd
Conor Glenholmes
Neil Slane
Mark Shannon
James Moore

Substitutions
Alan Davidson for David Cushley (60)
Gary Liggett for Michael McLellan (73)
Gavin Taggart for David Munster (77)
Conor Glenholmes for Conor Downey (84)
Joseph Todd for Ciaran Burns (87)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ross Dunlop (Referee)




Match Report


Ballymena United edged into the semi-finals of the County Antrim Shield with a nervy win over Donegal Celtic.

David Cushley's first half header proved the difference between the sides as the Sky Blues passed the opening hurdle in their defence of the trophy they won last season.

Manager Glenn Ferguson, perhaps, mindful of United's struggle against lower division opposition in Ballymoney United in the League Cup, fielded a strong side, packed with senior experience. The Championship side weren't overawed in the opening stages with firstly Pearse Devine screwing a shot wide before Emmett Templeton's low shot was saved by Dwayne Nelson.

At the other end, from a quickly-taken free kick, Alan Teggart's low cross was scooped over the bar by the well-placed Allan Jenkins. After a spluttering opening half hour, United made the breakthrough on 36 minutes.

From a corner, the ball was worked back to Aaron Stewart, whose hanging cross was headed home via the underside of the bar, by Cushley. Ballymena had an opportunity to double their advantage just after the hour when Michael McClellan dragged a shot wide from the right hand side of the penalty area. DC still looked dangerous with former United midfielder Conor Downey forcing Nelson into a save with a shot from the edge of the box.

The west Belfast side came close to levelling when Pearse Devine's diving header from eight yards when narrowly wide after Warwick's deep cross had been headed back across goal. And with United living on their nerves, Nelson had to produce a brilliant save to tip Warwick's volley over the crossbar.

At the other end, Jenkins released sub Gary Liggett who cut inside a defender but his left foot shot was beaten away by McGurk. The keeper also did brilliantly to beat out a close-range Liggett volley from Alan Teggart's cross in the closing stages.

Match report written by Stephen Alexander



Squad Statistics (as at September 24th, 2013)


2013-2014 All Time
Age
Dwayne Nelson (GK)29 9 - 167 -
Mark McCullagh26 9 - 16 -
Aaron Stewart23 711766
Tony Kane26 101786
David Munster34 2 - 715
Stephen McBride30 5 - 5 -
Allan Jenkins31 818012
Alan Teggart26 918716
Michael McLellan20 5151
David Cushley24 4112524
Shane Dolan25 52185
Alan Davidson (sub)25 9 - 478
Gavin Taggart (sub)28 3 - 1225
Gary Liggett (sub)25 92267



League Table (as at September 24th, 2013)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Glenavon 8 5 2 1 10 17
2. Portadown 8 4 3 1 14 15
3. Cliftonville 8 5 0 3 6 15
4. Linfield 8 4 2 2 4 14
5. Crusaders 8 2 4 2 3 10
6. Glentoran 8 2 4 2 0 10
7. Dungannon 8 4 2 2 2 14
8. Coleraine 8 2 4 2 1 10
9. BALLYMENA UTD 8 3 1 4 -6 10
10. Ballinamallard Utd 8 3 1 4 -10 10
11. Warrenpoint Town 8 1 1 6 -10 4
12. Ards 8 1 0 7 -14 3

* - Table split into two divisions of six.