Ballymena United 0
Warrenpoint Town 1
League (NIFL Premiership)

Ballymena United
0 - 1
Warrenpoint Town 

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 508
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Stephen Hughes (49)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Barry Gray

Starting Eleven
Dwayne Nelson
2. Tony Kane
Mark McCullagh
Michael Ruddy
6. Aaron Stewart
Jonathan Taylor
10. Allan Jenkins
Alan Teggart
Gary Thompson
11. David Cushley
Gary Liggett
Jonathan Parr
Darren king
Liam Bagnall
Stephen Moan
John Boyle
Shaun Parr
Ruairi Devlin
Mark Hughes
Stephen McCabe
Daniel Hughes
Timmy Grant

David Munster
4. Alan Davidson
Gavin Taggart
Shane Dolan
Michael McLellan
Stephen Hughes
Padraig Smith
Martin Havern
Jonathan Cowan
Kenneth Kearns

Shane Dolan for Tony Kane (63)
Michael McLellan for Gary Liggett (63)
Alan Davidson for Gary Thompson (67)
Stephen Hughes for Timmy Grant (46)
Padraig Smith for Ruairi Devlin (66)
Martin Havern for Daniel Hughes (77)

Tony Kane (80)
Shaun Parr (82)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Andrew Davey (Referee)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United's poor run of form continued on Saturday as newly promoted Warrenpoint Town ran out single goal victors at the Showgrounds.

Disappointing if not hugely unexpected, Ballymena United's penchant for losing home games they are expected win came back to haunt them yet again. The fact that the Sky Blues are the only side (Ards excepted) to have already lost to one never mind both promoted clubs is a depressing statistic, and one which will need to be addressed if the alarming slide down the table is to be arrested.

If truth be told, United could and really should have won this clash but as seems to be so often the case this season, the strikers were misfiring and seemingly simple free headers were going wide. David Cushley was first to threaten, but his powerful drive on the turn was palmed to safety by the impressive Warrenpoint goalkeeper Johnny Parr. Five minutes later, Alan Teggart was guilty of a poor miss as his weak back post effort was saved by Parr with the goal gaping.

Next up was Gary Liggett, who flashed a tasty looking cross across the face of goal but to his frustration no one was on hand to tap it in. David Cushley flicked a cushioned header just wide of the far post before captain Allan Jenkins made a mess of a free header from a corner just before half time. Warrenpoint had barely threatened in the opening period, but the longer United continued to fritter away good chances the greater the sense that the visitors could make them pay if the opportunity arose.

Said opportunity did arise just five minutes into the second half. Tony Kane failed to clear the ball properly, allowing Stephen McCabe to cross for his namesake and half time substitute Stephen Hughes who promptly slotted the ball into the back of the net past the despairing dive of United goalkeeper Dwayne Nelson. Despite a plethora of changes and an increasingly agitated home support, Ballymena continued to look bereft of ideas and only troubled Johnny Parr twice further, with defenders Johnny Taylor and Mark McCullagh both shooting straight at the visiting goalkeeper when well placed inside the box.

United left the field to a chorus of boos as their faithful home support went home in a despondent mood. The ruing of missed chances is becoming an all too common theme for the Sky Blues, who will have to show much more composure in front of goal if they are to gain positive results in the the forthcoming double header against Ballinamallard United.

Match report written by Jordan Miller

Squad Statistics (as at September 28th, 2013)

2013-2014 All Time
Dwayne Nelson (GK)29 10 - 168 -
Tony Kane26 111796
Mark McCullagh26 10 - 17 -
Michael Ruddy20 8 - 29 -
Aaron Stewart23 811776
Jonathan Taylor25 91404
Allan Jenkins31 918112
Alan Teggart26 1018816
Gary Thompson23 101506
David Cushley24 5112624
Gary Liggett26 102277
Alan Davidson (sub)25 10 - 488
Shane Dolan (sub)25 62195
Michael McLellan (sub)20 6161

League Table (as at September 28th, 2013)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Portadown 9 5 3 1 15 18
2. Glenavon 9 5 2 2 7 17
3. Linfield 9 5 2 2 5 17
4. Cliftonville 9 5 1 3 6 16
5. Crusaders 9 3 4 2 6 13
6. Glentoran 9 2 4 3 -1 10
7. Dungannon 9 4 3 2 2 15
8. Coleraine 9 2 4 3 0 10
9. BALLYMENA UTD 9 3 1 5 -7 10
10. Ballinamallard Utd 9 3 1 5 -13 10
11. Warrenpoint Town 9 2 1 6 -9 7
12. Ards 9 2 0 7 -11 6

* - Table split into two divisions of six.