Ballymena United 4
Ards 2
League (NIFL Premiership)


Ballymena United
4 - 2
Ards 

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 616
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
David Cushley (9)
Gary Thompson (37)
Gary Thompson (61)
Michael Ruddy (90)
William Faulkner (41)
Neil Dougan (42)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Niall Currie

Starting Eleven
Stuart Addis
2. Tony Kane
Jonathan Taylor
Mark McCullagh
David Munster
6. Aaron Stewart
Mark Surgenor
Alan Teggart
Gary Thompson
10. Allan Jenkins
11. David Cushley
Graeme McKibbin
Andrew Hunter
Greg Hall
Gary Spence
Neil Dougan
Steven McCullough
James Cully
Craig McMillen
Mark McClelland
William Faulkner
Andrew Mitchell

Bench
Michael Ruddy
4. Alan Davidson
Gary Liggett
Shane Dolan
Peter Duffin
Steven Gordon
Ryan Henderson
Ben Roy
Andrew Smith
Scott Davidson

Substitutions
Shane Dolan for Mark Surgenor (63)
Gary Liggett for David Cushley (77)
Michael Ruddy for Alan Teggart (83)
Steven Gordon for Greg Hall (5)
Ryan Henderson for James Cully (61)
Ben Roy for Neil Dougan (72)

Cautions
Allan Jenkins (14)
Jonathan Taylor (43)
Gary Thompson (87)
Graeme McKibbin (7)
Craig McMillen (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stephen Wallace (Referee)


Match Report


Gary Thompson scored twice as Ballymena beat Ards for only their fifth Premiership win of the season.

David Cushley gave the Sky Blues an early lead with a deflected free-kick and then Thompson broke through to shoot low for 2-0 in the 36th minute.

Ards fought back to level before half-time with quickfire goals from Willie Faulkner and Neil Dougan.

Thompson's fine strike from 25 yards made it 3-2 just after the hour and Michael Ruddy got the fourth late on.

With Dungannon beating leaders Linfield, Ballymena stay in 10th place in the Premiership but boss Glenn Ferguson will be relieved to have halted a run of three successive league defeats.

Cushley's opener gave United an eighth-minute boost and it came after Ards keeper Graeme McKibben was adjudged to have handled outside his penalty area.

McKibben received a yellow card and from the free-kick Cushley's effort was deflected in.

Keeper McKibben was left exposed as Thompson ran from deep to sire into the bottom corner.

Things were not looking good for Ards at this stage but Willie Faulkner rifled into the corner on 40 minutes after Dougan had slipped the ball into his path.

Two minutes later Dougan equalised with an overhead kick at the far post after a long throw-in.

Thompson restored Ballymena's lead in the 61st minute and Stuart Addis dived to save Faulkner's long-range effort.

In the 90th minute Ruddy tapped in Ballymena's fourth after a great run and cross from the right by Gary Liggett.

Match report written by BBC Sport NI



Squad Statistics (as at November 16th, 2013)


2013-2014 All Time
Age
Stuart Addis (GK)34 6 - 30 -
Aaron Stewart23 1511846
Tony Kane26 201886
Mark Surgenor27 7114016
Mark McCullagh26 19 - 26 -
Jonathan Taylor25 173486
David Munster34 8 - 775
Allan Jenkins32 1839014
Alan Teggart26 2049819
Gary Thompson23 1955910
David Cushley24 15613629
Michael Ruddy (sub)20 161371
Shane Dolan (sub)25 133266
Gary Liggett (sub)26 194369



League Table (as at November 16th, 2013)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 16 10 3 3 18 33
2. Crusaders 16 8 6 2 14 30
3. Cliftonville 16 8 4 4 8 28
4. Glentoran 16 7 6 3 5 27
5. Portadown 16 7 4 5 16 25
6. Glenavon 16 7 4 5 6 25
7. Ballinamallard Utd 16 6 3 7 -13 21
8. Dungannon 16 5 4 7 -7 19
9. Coleraine 16 4 6 6 -3 18
10. BALLYMENA UTD 16 5 2 9 -10 17
11. Ards 16 4 0 12 -16 12
12. Warrenpoint Town 16 2 4 10 -18 10

* - Table split into two divisions of six.