Portadown 0
Ballymena United 0
League (NIFL Premiership)


Portadown 

0 - 0

Ballymena United


League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, December 5th, 2020
Shamrock Park
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Matthew Tipton David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
1. Ben Pierce
2. Greg Hall
5. Paul Finnegan
6. Barney McKeown
7. Chris Lavery
9. Adam Salley
10. Lee Bonis
16. Luke Wilson
18. Patrick McNally
20. Stephen Teggart
24. Kevin Healy
Jordan Williamson .18
Ross Redman .3
Jonathan Addis .4
Kofi Balmer .19
Trai Hume .20
Ciaran Kelly .25
Leroy Millar .23
Joshua Kelly .26
Shay McCartan .15
Joe McCready .32
Paul McElroy .14

Bench
13. Scott Pengelly
4. Adam McCallum
8. George Tipton
12. Conall McGrandles
17. Ruairi Croskery
21. Oisin Conaty
22. Nathan Kerr
Ross Glendinning .1
Jim Ervin .21
Tony Kane .2
Owen McKeown .6
Jude Winchester .7
Ryan Harpur .8
Ryan Waide .16

Substitutions
Adam McCallum for Patrick McNally (33)
Nathan Kerr for Barney McKeown (67)
Ryan Waide for Joe McCready (70)
Jude Winchester for Shay McCartan (81)

Cautions
Patrick McNally (32)
Ben Pierce (89)
Jonathan Addis (57)
Ryan Waide (71)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Lee Tavinder (Referee)
Gareth Eakin & George Argyropoulos (Assistants)
Keith Kennedy (Fourth Official)





Match Report


Ballymena United had to settle for stalemate at Shamrock Park after a 0-0 draw with Portadown on Saturday afternoon.

United made one change to last week's starting line up ahead of their first visit to Portadown in four years, with Joe McCready coming in for Cathair Friel.

Had fans been inside the ground, they'd have had little to get excited about in a quiet first half to say the least. The first chance eventually fell the way of the Ports when Greg Hall's cross was met by Lee Bonis, but Jordan Williamson easily saved. Ballymena were seeing the majority of the ball but couldn't carve out any chances. The closest they came in the opening half hour was a Shay McCartan shot that was easily blocked by Paddy McNally.

The hosts were posing somewhat of a threat on the break and came close when Chris Lavery almost picked out Bonis, but Jonny Addis made a timely clearance.

On the half hour mark one of McCartan's surges was stopped illegally by McNally, with the ex-Sky Blue unfortunately injuring himself in the tackle, seeing him disappointingly stretchered off. After a five minute delay, McCartan's free kick hit the wall and Trai Hume's volleyed rebound went wide.

At the end of the half Adam Salley looked like tapping home a cross only for Addis again to be in the right place at the right time, before Lavery dragged arguably the chance of the half wide.

The second half was better than the first, although not by much. Again the first chance of the half came the home side's way. Hall looked certain to head home at the back post from a Stephen Teggart cross, but Ross Redman got a crucial nick on the ball. On the stroke of the hour mark the Braidmen came within inches of opening the scoring. A free kick pinballed before falling to Leroy Millar the back post and from an almost impossible angle the skipper struck the post, with Kofi Balmer then firing over.

It marked the start of the away teams strongest period of the game as Josh Kelly saw a well hit effort soar just over the crossbar and McCartan from distance called Ben Pierce into a fine save.

In the final fifteen minutes it was almost all United on the ball, but they lacked any real danger and cutting edge, with Portadown still
carrying a bit of a threat on the counter. Strong play from substitute Ryan Waide and Millar led to a Redman chance which was again saved by Pierce, but other half chances were wasted.

In added time Balmer had the ball in the back of the net at the back post, but any thoughts of it being a winning goal were distinguished with the offside flag up straight away, as it finished scoreless.

United not totally at the races today and struggled to create, but it's a fourth straight clean sheet to move the Sky Blues into 4th in the table.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (www.ballymenaunitedfc.com)



Squad Statistics (as at December 5th, 2020)


2020-2021 All Time
Age
Jordan Williamson (GK)25 5 - 21 -
Ross Redman31 9 - 9 -
Ciaran Kelly22 9 - 9 -
Jonathan Addis28 7 - 875
Kofi Balmer20 72946
Trai Hume18 8 - 8 -
Joshua Kelly21 6 - 382
Leroy Millar25 8217526
Joe McCready30 4 - 91
Paul McElroy26 9595
Shay McCartan26 9292
Jude Winchester (sub)27 7 - 708
Ryan Waide (sub)20 8 - 8 -



League Table (as at December 5th, 2020)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Larne 9 7 2 0 23
2. Linfield 9 7 1 1 22
3. Crusaders 9 6 0 3 18
4. BALLYMENA UTD 9 4 1 4 13
5. Cliftonville 9 4 0 5 12
6. Warrenpoint Town 8 3 2 3 11
7. Glenavon 8 2 3 3 9
8. Dungannon Swifts 8 2 2 4 8
9. Coleraine 8 2 1 5 7
10. Glentoran 7 1 3 3 6
11. Portadown 7 1 2 4 5
12. Carrick Rangers 7 1 1 5 4