Ballymena United 1
Ards 1
League (NIFL Premiership)


Ballymena United
1 - 1
Ards 

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 393
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
James McCabe (12)
William Faulkner (45)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Niall Currie

Starting Eleven
Macauley Cairns
Caolan Loughran
Aaron Harris
Jason Johnston
Jack Graham
Matthew Ferguson
Eoin Kane
Stephen Hamill
Neil Lowry
James McCabe
Michael McLellan
Graeme McKibbin
Andrew Hunter
Greg Hall
David Gibson
Conor Downey
Sean Cleary
Corey Davidson
Scott McCullough
Mark McClelland
William Faulkner
Kyle McDowell

Bench
Michael McKenna
CJ McQuillan
Nicky Black
Jake Carson
Jake McNeill
Stuart Muldrew
Neil Dougan
Andrew Mitchell
Mark Burns
Eamonn Connor

Substitutions
CJ McQuillan for Neil Lowry (51)
Nicky Black for Matthew Ferguson (70)
Jake Carson for Stephen Hamill (76)
Stuart Muldrew for William Faulkner (46)
Neil Dougan for Kyle McDowell (62)
Andrew Mitchell for Conor Downey (62)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Deighan (Referee)




Match Report


ARDS bowed out of the Danske Bank Premiership with this point at Irish Cup finalists Ballymena United.

Niall Currie's side went into the game hoping that their top flight status would be extended into at least a play-off should North Down rivals Bangor lift the Championship 1 title but instead that honour went to Institute thus confirming Ards' relegation.

The much changed Sky Blues - fielding no fewer than six debutants - moved in front after just 12 minutes when a Greg Hall mistake allowed skipper James McCabe to nip in and finish well.

Neil Lowry might have added a second on 20 minutes only to clip the top of the bar with a cross while Michael McLellan also came close when he tested Ards 'keeper Graeme McKibbin.

However Ards levelled two minutes from the break through William Faulkner after he side-stepped the defence to smash the ball into the corner from around 15 yards.

McLellan then had another chance for the Irish Cup finalists around the hour mark with an effort from the edge of the area but McKibbin blocked the danger with his legs.

Match report written by Official NIFL Website



Squad Statistics (as at April 26th, 2014)


2013-2014 All Time
Age
Macauley Cairns (GK)19 3 - 4 -
Jason Johnston17 1 - 1 -
Jack Graham18 1 - 1 -
Caolan Loughran19 2 - 2 -
Aaron Harris19 1 - 1 -
Eoin Kane18 2 - 2 -
Matthew Ferguson18 1 - 1 -
Neil Lowry20 191523
James McCabe21 31264
Stephen Hamill18 1 - 1 -
Michael McLellan21 252252
Jake Carson (sub)19 1 - 1 -
CJ McQuillan (sub)18 1 - 1 -
Nicky Black (sub)18 1 - 1 -



League Table (as at April 26th, 2014)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cliftonville 38 26 7 5 49 85
2. Linfield 38 24 7 7 35 79
3. Crusaders 38 18 12 8 25 66
4. Portadown 38 18 8 12 24 62
5. Glentoran 38 16 11 11 12 59
6. Glenavon 38 15 6 17 -4 51
7. BALLYMENA UTD 38 13 8 17 -11 47
8. Dungannon Swifts 38 12 8 18 -17 44
9. Coleraine 38 10 12 16 -10 42
10. Ballinamallard Utd 38 10 9 19 -35 39
11. Warrenpoint Town 38 10 6 22 -29 36
12. Ards 38 6 6 26 -39 24

* - Table split into two divisions of six.