Ballymena United 3
Ballinamallard United 0
League Cup (Round 3)

Ballymena United
3 - 0
Ballinamallard Utd 

League Cup (Round 3)
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Ballymena Showgrounds
8:00 PM Kick-off

Allan Jenkins (19)
David Cushley (36)
Shane Dolan (54)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Whitey Anderson

Starting Eleven
Dwayne Nelson
Michael Ruddy
2. Tony Kane
6. Aaron Stewart
Mark McCullagh
Jonathan Taylor
10. Allan Jenkins
Gary Thompson
11. David Cushley
Michael McLellan
Shane Dolan
Alvin Rouse
Daniel Keohane
Steve Feeney
Mark Stafford
Dwayne McManus
Mark McConkey
David Kee
Stuart Hutchinson
Jason McCartney
Nigel Beacom
Ryan Campbell

Mark Surgenor
Gavin Taggart
Alan Teggart
Thomas Robinson
Gary Liggett
Andrew Crawford
Cathal Beacom
John Currie
Fergal Murphy
Nathan Cashel

Alan Teggart for David Cushley (66)
Gavin Taggart for Tony Kane (82)
Gary Liggett for Shane Dolan (88)
Andrew Crawford for Steve Feeney (61)
Cathal Beacom for Stuart Hutchinson (66)
John Currie for Dwayne McManus (72)

Mark McCullagh (34)
Tony Kane (58)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mark Courtney (Referee)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United bounced back into form in style on Tuesday evening, defeating Ballinamallard United by three goals to nil at the Showgrounds in a NIFL League Cup third round clash.

United captain Allan Jenkins, winger David Cushley and Shane Dolan were all on the scoresheet as the hosts ran out comfortable winners on a chilly October night in Ballymena.

In a scintillating first half display, the Sky Blues exerted revenge for the Mallards' Danske Bank Premiership victory on Friday night. First to threaten was David Cushley with five minutes on the clock but his 20 yard volley flew just over the bar. Allan Jenkins came close moments later but the big Scot could only direct Michael Ruddy's superb cross against the woodwork.

Jenkins atoned for his earlier miss on 19 minutes when he side-footed home Shane Dolan's deflected effort after a spell of mounting Ballinamallard pressure. The opener seemed to take the wind out of the visitor's sails allowing the home side to dictate the course of play. Michael McLellan was unfortunate not to double his side's advantage on 25 minutes but his effort nestled just inches wide of Alvin Rouse's far post.

David Cushley and Shane Dolan then both went close before the Mallards' resistance finally cracked. It was Cushley who took the plaudits on this occasion, a superb finish from a seemingly impossible angle gave United a comfortable lead heading into the break. Aaron Stewart almost added further gloss to the half time scoreline but his effort from all of 50 yards bounced just wide, despite troubling the exasperated visiting goalkeeper, Alvin Rouse.

The second half was a tamer affair but the hosts still maintained control. Fancy footwork and a classy finish inside the box from Shane Dolan on 54 minutes put the result beyond doubt, much to the pleasure of the goal deprived Showgrounds faithful. The visitor's best chance fell with just over an hour on the clock, Ryan Campbell broke free of the home defence before a harsh offside call from the assistant referee nipped his promising attack in the bud.

With the Sky Blues in cruise control, there was time for an audacious 40 yard chip from Michael McLellan, but despite being off his line, Alvin Rouse managed to scramble back in time to prevent an embarrassing fourth. Ballymena deservedly progress to the quarter finals whilst Ballinamallard are left soul searching in wonder of how they turned in a performance so unlike the one of Friday past when they ran out winners in this particular fixture.

Next up for the Sky Blues is a crucial home derby against arch rivals Coleraine in the Danske Bank Premiership (3pm) where all eyes will be on how United go about improving their recent dreadful derby record.

Match report written by Jordan Miller

Squad Statistics (as at October 8th, 2013)

2013-2014 All Time
Dwayne Nelson (GK)29 12 - 170 -
Michael Ruddy20 10 - 31 -
Mark McCullagh26 12 - 19 -
Aaron Stewart23 1011796
Jonathan Taylor25 111424
Tony Kane26 131816
Gary Thompson23 121526
Allan Jenkins32 1028213
Shane Dolan25 83216
Michael McLellan20 7171
David Cushley24 7212825
Gavin Taggart (sub)28 4 - 1235
Alan Teggart (sub)26 1219016
Gary Liggett (sub)26 122297

League Table (as at October 8th, 2013)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 10 6 2 2 7 20
2. Portadown 10 5 4 1 15 19
3. Glenavon 10 5 2 3 5 17
4. Crusaders 10 4 4 2 8 16
5. Cliftonville 10 5 1 4 4 16
6. Glentoran 10 3 4 3 0 13
7. Dungannon 10 4 3 3 1 15
8. Coleraine 10 3 4 3 1 13
9. Ballinamallard Utd 10 4 1 5 -12 13
10. BALLYMENA UTD 10 3 1 6 -8 10
11. Warrenpoint Town 10 2 2 6 -9 8
12. Ards 10 2 0 8 -12 6

* - Table split into two divisions of six.