Glenavon 0
Ballymena United 0
League (NIFL Premiership)


Glenavon 

0 - 0

Ballymena United


League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Mourneview Park
Attendance: 463
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Gary Hamilton Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Andrew Coleman
Kris Lindsay
Kyle Neill
Gareth McKeown
Rhys Marshall
Ciaran Martyn
Mark Patton
Andrew Kilmartin
Shane McCabe
Andrew McGrory
Gary Hamilton
Dwayne Nelson
Aaron Stewart .6
Tony Kane .2
Mark Surgenor
Mark McCullagh
Jonathan Taylor
David Munster
Gary Thompson
Allan Jenkins .10
Shane Dolan
David Cushley .11

Bench
David Rainey
Grant Gardiner
Jordan Dane
Robert McDaid
Samuel McIlveen
Gavin Taggart
Alan Teggart
Michael McLellan
Gary Liggett
Neil Lowry

Substitutions
David Rainey for Mark Patton (66) Alan Teggart for Shane Dolan (64)
Neil Lowry for David Munster (82)
Gary Liggett for David Cushley (88)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Tim Marshall (Referee)





Match Report


GLENAVON and Ballymena United played out a largely uninspiring 0-0 draw in miserable conditions at Mourneview Park, Kyle Neill saw red for the hosts after accumulating two yellow cards in the second half.

The only real chance of note in the opening period fell to Gary Thompson on 40 minutes, but the battling Ballymena midfielder blazed over when free in the box. Early in the second half United goalkeeper Dwayne Nelson had to be at his best to tip over Ciaran Martyn's powerful drive, before pulling off a similar stop in response to Gareth McKeown's free kick.

Rhys Marshall headed just wide of the goal for the hosts before player/manager Gary Hamilton thought he had scored only to see his effort from inside the box chalked off by a late flag from the linesmen on the far side. Kyle Neill was dismissed on 67 minutes after chalking up two bookings, the second of which in particular could perhaps be described as a little harsh, but the dismissal appeared to have only a negligible effect on the hosts who remained in greater control of the game.

Ballymena did had a late chance to claim all three points however when substitute Neil Lowry surged down the right flank and crossed for Allan Jenkins who could only shoot straight at the relieved Glenavon goalkeeper Andy Coleman.

The howling wind and driving rain undoubtedly had an effect on the quality of this game, which was underwhelming to say the least. Still, Glenavon will be content to remain in the top six whilst Ballymena have finally stopped the rot of four straight defeats at the hands of the Lurgan Blues. Next up for the Sky Blues is the NIFL League Cup semi final at Seaview against Crusaders this coming Tuesday. (7.45pm)

Match report written by Jordan Miller



Squad Statistics (as at December 14th, 2013)


2013-2014 All Time
Age
Dwayne Nelson (GK)29 16 - 174 -
Aaron Stewart24 1911886
Mark McCullagh26 23 - 30 -
Mark Surgenor27 11214417
David Munster34 12 - 815
Jonathan Taylor25 213526
Tony Kane26 241926
Gary Thompson23 2256210
Allan Jenkins32 2249415
Shane Dolan25 164297
David Cushley24 19714030
Alan Teggart (sub)27 22410019
Neil Lowry (sub)20 121453
Gary Liggett (sub)26 214389



League Table (as at December 14th, 2013)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 20 13 3 4 20 42
2. Crusaders 20 11 7 2 22 40
3. Cliftonville 20 11 5 4 16 38
4. Portadown 20 10 5 5 21 35
5. Glentoran 20 9 7 4 9 34
6. Glenavon 20 7 5 8 2 26
7. Dungannon 20 7 4 9 -6 25
8. BALLYMENA UTD 20 7 3 10 -7 24
9. Ballinamallard Utd 20 7 3 10 -20 24
10. Coleraine 20 4 6 10 -11 18
11. Warrenpoint Town 20 4 4 12 -21 16
12. Ards 20 4 0 16 -25 12

* - Table split into two divisions of six.