Glentoran 3
Ballymena United 0
League (NIFL Premiership)


Glentoran 

3 - 0

Ballymena United


League (NIFL Premiership)
Friday, March 7th, 2014
The Oval
Attendance: 687
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Daniel McKee (31)
Francis McCaffrey (50)
Jim O'Hanlon (pen.) (74)
None.

Team Managers
Eddie Patterson Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Elliott Morris
Kevin Bradley
William Garrett
Niall Henderson
David Scullion
Stephen McAlorum
Jim O'Hanlon
Francis McCaffrey
Kym Nelson
Mark Clarke
Daniel McKee
Aaron Shanahan
Aaron Stewart .6
Tony Kane .2
Jonathan Taylor
David Munster
Jim Ervin .21
Allan Jenkins .10
Alan Teggart
Alan Davidson
David Cushley .11
Darren Henderson

Bench
Jordan Stewart
Curtis Allen
Jordan Hughes
Mark Miskimmin
Aaron Hogg
Michael Ruddy
Gary Thompson
Neal Gawley
Gavin Taggart
Michael McLellan

Substitutions
Jordan Stewart for William Garrett (75)
Curtis Allen for Daniel McKee (80)
Jordan Hughes for Francis McCaffrey (84)
Michael Ruddy for David Munster (57)
Michael McLellan for Tony Kane (57)
Gary Thompson for Alan Teggart (75)

Cautions
None. Jonathan Taylor (59)
Michael McLellan (84)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ian McNabb (Referee)



Match Report


BALLYMENA United succumbed to a disappointing three goal defeat to Glentoran at the Oval on Friday night as the Sky Blues' top six hopes took a major blow.

The hosts could have taken the lead as early as the 13th minute, but Aaron Shanahan got down well to save from David Scullion after an impressive through ball by Stephen McAlorum. Scullion and McAlorum again combined to test the United goalkeeper before Darren Boyce scooped a header just over the bar for United after Alan Teggert's telling cross.

On 31 minutes, the Glens took the lead. A through ball was deflected off United defender Johnny Taylor, allowing Glentoran debutant Danny McKee to race clear, round Aaron Shanahan, and coolly slot the ball into the net to ensure a dream start to his senior career.

Ballymena had their best chance to get back into the game soon after the restart but Allan Jenkins' effort was blocked by a superb challenge from Willie Garrett. This moment proved pivotal, as minutes later the hosts extended their lead to two. Danny McKee outpaced Davy Munster before cutting back a cross to find Fra Brennan in space, the Glens defender could not believe his luck as he tapped into the net past the exposed Aaron Shanahan.

Dermot McCaffrey's long range effort could have put the game beyond United before Johnny Taylor's mistimed challenged on Jim O'Hanlon won a penalty for the home side. O'Hanlon duly converted the spot kick to win the game for his side and leave Ballymena's top six ambitions in tatters.

Darren Boyce had a late effort saved by Elliot Morris but it was all too little too late. United are sure to have improve their level of performance if they are to get a result against Crusaders at Seaview next Saturday (3pm).

Match report written by Jordan Miller



Squad Statistics (as at March 7th, 2014)


2013-2014 All Time
Age
Aaron Shanahan (GK)29 9 - 9 -
David Munster35 251946
Jonathan Taylor25 334647
Aaron Stewart24 3412036
Tony Kane26 3811066
Jim Ervin28 111111
Alan Teggart27 37711522
Allan Jenkins32 37810919
Alan Davidson25 22 - 608
Darren Henderson28 105105
David Cushley24 341515538
Michael Ruddy (sub)20 231441
Gary Thompson (sub)23 3667611
Michael McLellan (sub)21 222222



League Table (as at March 7th, 2014)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 30 20 5 5 31 65
2. Cliftonville 30 19 6 5 30 63
3. Portadown 30 15 7 8 23 52
4. Crusaders 30 13 12 5 21 51
5. Glentoran 30 12 10 8 10 46
6. Glenavon 29 12 6 11 4 42
7. BALLYMENA UTD 31 12 5 14 -9 41
8. Dungannon Swifts 30 10 5 15 -12 35
9. Coleraine 31 8 9 14 -9 33
10. Ballinamallard Utd 30 8 5 17 -31 29
11. Warrenpoint Town 29 7 5 17 -24 26
12. Ards 30 5 3 22 -34 18

* - Table split into two divisions of six.