Portadown 1
Ballymena United 0
League (NIFL Premiership)


Portadown 

1 - 0

Ballymena United


League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Shamrock Park
Attendance: 445
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Darren Murray (pen.) (18) None.

Team Managers
Ronnie McFall Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
David Miskelly
Chris Casement
Garry Breen
Christopher Ramsey
Ryan McStay
Sean Mackle
Tim Mouncey
Shane O'Connor
Joshua Barton
Gary Twigg
Darren Murray
Stuart Addis
Mark Surgenor
Tony Kane .2
Mark McCullagh
Jonathan Taylor
David Munster
Aaron Stewart .6
Allan Jenkins .10
Gavin Taggart
David Cushley .11
Shane Dolan

Bench
Christopher Ramsey
Keith O'Hara
Billy Brennan
Padraig Judge
Matthew Rooney
Michael Ruddy
Alan Teggart
Gary Liggett
Neil Lowry
Michael McLellan

Substitutions
Christopher Ramsey for Tim Mouncey (46)
Keith O'Hara for Garry Breen (52)
Neil Lowry for Gavin Taggart (75)
Michael McLellan for Shane Dolan (82)
Gary Liggett for David Munster (84)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. Stuart Addis (18)

Match Officials

Keith Kennedy (Referee)





Match Report


A first-half Darren Murray penalty on 21 minutes proved enough to give Portadown victory over Ballymena, who played much of the game with 10 men.

Murray scored his 15th goal of the season past makeshift goalkeeper Mark Surgenor after Stuart Addis had been sent-off for fouling Murray in the box.

Earlier, Surgenor had hit the post, David Cushley fired wide and Gary Breen blocked a Shane Dolan effort.

Tony Kane and Allan Jenkins had chances to equalise in the second half.

Kane's first-time shot from the edge of the box went just off-target, while Jenkins had a header saved and saw another headed effort hit the sidenetting.

The Ports had lost their two previous matches against the Sky Blues this season, suffering defeats in the Premiership and the League Cup quarter-finals at the Showgrounds.

The visitors had the better of the early chances, although Addis was forced into a save by Josh Barton, prior to the United stopper's dismissal.

Referee Keith Kennedy had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot and producing a red card after Murray brought down Murray in the area.

Gary Breen then had a shot blocked as Ronnie McFall's side looked to exploit their numerical advantage.

Ballymena had the better chances after the interval, but were unable to level despite their superiority.

Portadown remain fifth in the Premiership table, while Ballymena drop to ninth.

Match report written by BBC Sport NI



Squad Statistics (as at December 7th, 2013)


2013-2014 All Time
Age
Stuart Addis (GK)34 9 - 33 -
Jonathan Taylor25 203516
Aaron Stewart24 1811876
Tony Kane26 231916
Mark Surgenor27 10214317
Mark McCullagh26 22 - 29 -
David Munster34 11 - 805
Gavin Taggart29 9 - 1285
Allan Jenkins32 2149315
David Cushley24 18713930
Shane Dolan25 154287
Gary Liggett (sub)26 204379
Neil Lowry (sub)20 111443
Michael McLellan (sub)20 141141



League Table (as at December 7th, 2013)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Crusaders 19 11 6 2 22 39
2. Linfield 19 12 3 4 17 39
3. Cliftonville 19 10 5 4 12 35
4. Glentoran 19 9 6 4 9 33
5. Portadown 19 9 5 5 19 32
6. Glenavon 19 7 4 8 2 25
7. Dungannon 19 7 4 8 -5 25
8. Ballinamallard Utd 19 7 3 9 -17 24
9. BALLYMENA UTD 19 7 2 10 -7 23
10. Coleraine 19 4 6 9 -9 18
11. Warrenpoint Town 19 3 4 12 -22 13
12. Ards 19 4 0 15 -21 12

* - Table split into two divisions of six.