3 - 0
League (NIFL Premiership)
Daniel McKee (31)
Francis McCaffrey (50)
Jim O'Hanlon (pen.) (74)
Aaron Stewart .6
Tony Kane .2
Jim Ervin .21
Allan Jenkins .10
David Cushley .11
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)
Jonathan Taylor (59)
Michael McLellan (84)
Ian McNabb (Referee)
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
|Aaron Shanahan (GK)||29||9||-||9||-|
|Michael Ruddy (sub)||20||23||1||44||1|
|Gary Thompson (sub)||23||36||6||76||11|
|Michael McLellan (sub)||21||22||2||22||2|
* - Table split into two divisions of six.