Ballinamallard United 1
Ballymena United 0
League (NIFL Premiership)

Ballinamallard Utd 

1 - 0

Ballymena United

League (NIFL Premiership)
Friday, October 4th, 2013
Ferney Park
Attendance: 650
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ryan Campbell (60) None.

Team Managers
Whitey Anderson Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Alvin Rouse
Daniel Keohane
Steve Feeney
Leon Carters
Mark Stafford
Mark McConkey
David Kee
Stuart Hutchinson
Jason McCartney
Andrew Crawford
Ryan Campbell
Dwayne Nelson
Mark McCullagh
Jonathan Taylor
Michael Ruddy
Tony Kane .2
Aaron Stewart .6
Alan Teggart
Thomas Robinson
Gary Thompson
Alan Davidson .4
David Cushley .11

John Currie
Nigel Beacom
Dwayne McManus
Cathal Beacom
Fergal Murphy
Mark Surgenor
Shane Dolan
Gary Liggett
Neil Lowry
Michael McLellan

John Currie for Stuart Hutchinson (78)
Nigel Beacom for Mark McConkey (85)
Dwayne McManus for Steve Feeney (86)
Neil Lowry for Thomas Robinson (64)
Shane Dolan for Aaron Stewart (75)
Gary Liggett for Alan Teggart (85)

None. David Cushley (55)
Jonathan Taylor (62)
Mark McCullagh (78)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ian McNabb (Referee)

Match Report

Ballinamallard United side picked up a much needed three points as Ryan Campbell's 59th minute goal proved the difference against Ballymena at Ferney Park last night.

A single goal always looked as if it would decide the contest and the home side will be delighted to return to winning ways, the victory lifting them back towards mid-table in the league.

The first half was a tight affair with little in the way of clear cut chances coming at either end although it was the visitors who were the more cohesive outfit with Thomas Robinson giving Ballinamallard problems at times down the right hand side with his pace.

Ballymena enjoyed the greater possession in the first period although it was the Mallards who had the first shot on target with Ryan Campbell firing an effort from the edge of the box in the ninth minute that was comfortably gathered by Ballymena goalkeeper Dwayne Nelson.

At the other end Robinson was sent scurrying away on the right by Gary Thompson but he shot from the angle at Mallards goalkeeper Alvin Rouse while Robinson then burst towards the byline but could not pick out David Cushley with his cutback.

Ballymena continued to shade the contest but they struggled to slice open the home defence and it was Ballinamallard who had the last attempt of the half when Steve Feeney struck a half volley from 18 yards but this was saved by Nelson as a goalless half came to a close.

A good run by Jason McCartney early in the second half saw him tee up Campbell on the right but he drove wide while Cushley then went close for Ballymena, dragging his effort wide of the far post.

Ballinamallard were much livelier after the break and McCartney then forced a good save from Nelson who got down low to push the ball away for a corner.

And in the 59th minute the home side took the lead when a corner broke to Campbell on the edge of the box and he took a touch before clipping the ball beyond Nelson to the corner of the net.

Ballymena did apply pressure after the goal but the Mallards defended manfully, giving Ballymena no real sniff of the goal although Rouse did push a Thompson shot from distance around the post.

Match report written by Belfast Telegraph

Squad Statistics (as at October 4th, 2013)

2013-2014 All Time
Dwayne Nelson (GK)29 11 - 169 -
Aaron Stewart23 911786
Jonathan Taylor25 101414
Tony Kane26 121806
Michael Ruddy20 9 - 30 -
Mark McCullagh26 11 - 18 -
Gary Thompson23 111516
Alan Davidson25 11 - 498
Thomas Robinson20 1 - 1 -
Alan Teggart26 1118916
David Cushley24 6112724
Gary Liggett (sub)26 112287
Neil Lowry (sub)20 81413
Shane Dolan (sub)25 72205

League Table (as at October 4th, 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. Ballinamallard Utd 10 4 1 5 -12 13
9. Coleraine 9 2 4 3 0 10
10. BALLYMENA UTD 10 3 1 6 -8 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.