Ballymena United 1
Glentoran 1
League (IFA Premiership)

Ballymena United
1 - 1

League (IFA Premiership)
Friday, September 28th, 2012
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 1,288
7:45 PM Kick-off

Gary Thompson (90)
David Howland (49)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Eddie Patterson

Starting Eleven
1. Dwayne Nelson
3. Ross Black
20. Christopher Rodgers
17. Michael Ruddy
6. Aaron Stewart
15. Mark Surgenor
21. Jonathan Taylor
7. Gary Thompson
11. David Cushley
23. Jamie Davidson
26. James McCabe
Elliott Morris
Jason Hill
Sean Ward
Jay Magee
Jimmy Callacher
David Howland
Richard Clarke
Marcus Kane
Jim O'Hanlon
John McGuigan
Andrew Waterworth

2. Tony Kane
16. David Munster
4. Richard Vauls
12. Alan Teggart
19. Alan Davidson
Mark Clarke
Stephen McAlorum
Martin Murray
Colin Nixon
Carl McComb

David Munster for Jonathan Taylor (60)
Alan Teggart for Michael Ruddy (68)
Alan Davidson for Jamie Davidson (68)
Mark Clarke for John McGuigan (63)
Stephen McAlorum for David Howland (73)
Martin Murray for Marcus Kane (82)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Raymond Hetherington (Referee)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United scored an injury time equaliser to earn a deserved point in an entertaining game at Warden Street.

It was The Glens who had the better of the opening exchanges, a brilliant move involving Jim O'hanlon and Sean Ward saw Dwayne Nelson make a save at point blank range from Marcus Kane. This served as a wake up call to United, who were unlucky not to go ahead themselves when Jamie Davidson found space in the box only to direct his effort straight at Elliot Morris in the Glentoran goal.

United felt aggrieved on 38 minutes when a highly debatable offside call prevented young striker James McCabe from running clear on goal. Five minutes later Glentoran had another great opportunity when Jimmy Callacher's well struck free kick cannoned back off the crossbar with Nelson beaten all ends up. Jamie Davidson could then have opened the scoring on the stroke of half time but his poorly struck effort flew wildly over the bar.

United hadn't even got into their rhythm after the interval when the visitors took the lead. Andrew Waterworth chested the ball down to David Howland who struck a superb half volley from the edge of the box to put the away side in front.

There was almost an instant reply from the home side, but The Glens defence managed to clear after a frantic goalmouth scramble.

A raft of substitutions followed, notably the return of Alan Davidson in place of his namesake Jamie for his first appearance of the season. Davidson's introduction appeared to buoy United who set upon exerting further pressure on the Glentoran back line.

A fracas involving Jim O'Hanlon and Mark Surgenor soon escalated into a 22 man brawl, with the game taking several minutes to restart. It was to the bemusement of all in the home stand when the referee started waving yellow cards around like confetti in the direction of the United side.

Not to be deterred, United continued to press and their efforts were justly rewarded deep into injury time, when after another goalmouth scramble, Gary Thompson got the final touch to send the home support into raptures and preserve the side's unbeaten home record.

Next up for the Sky Blues is a trip to Shamrock Park to face Portadown on Saturday (3pm), when a first away victory of the season will be sought.

Match report written by Jordan Miller

Squad Statistics (as at September 28th, 2012)

2012-2013 All Time
Dwayne Nelson (GK)28 11 - 129 -
Ross Black24 2 - 231
Christopher Rodgers21 2 - 27 -
Michael Ruddy19 8 - 8 -
Aaron Stewart22 10 - 1444
Mark Surgenor26 8 - 11111
Jonathan Taylor24 111242
Gary Thompson22 104104
David Cushley23 1129114
Jamie Davidson18 113224
James McCabe19 7171
David Munster (sub)33 10 - 404
Alan Teggart (sub)25 7 - 497
Alan Davidson (sub)24 1 - 103

League Table (as at September 28th, 2012)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Cliftonville 9 6 2 1 20
2. Glentoran 9 4 5 0 17
3. Ballinamallard Utd 9 5 2 2 17
4. Coleraine 8 5 2 1 17
5. Linfield 9 4 2 3 14
6. Crusaders 9 4 1 4 13
7. BALLYMENA UTD 9 2 5 2 11
8. Dungannon 8 2 4 2 10
9. Glenavon 9 2 3 4 9
10. Portadown 9 2 3 4 9
11. Donegal Celtic 9 0 3 6 3
12. Distillery 9 1 0 8 3