Glenavon 5
Ballymena United 0
League (NIFL Premiership)


5 - 0

Ballymena United

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Mourneview Park
Attendance: 1,088
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eoin Bradley (7)
Ciaran Martyn (22)
Jim Ervin (o.g.) (29)
Eoin Bradley (80)
Greg Moorhouse (87)

Team Managers
Gary Hamilton David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
Jonathan Tuffey
Kris Lindsay
Rhys Marshall
Joel Cooper
Simon Kelly
Eoin Bradley
Andy Hall
Mark Sykes
Paddy McCourt
James Singleton
Ciaran Martyn
Ben McCauley .38
Jim Ervin .21
Tony Kane .2
Caolan Loughran .34
Kyle Owens .4
Daniel Wallace .17
William Faulkner .12
Allan Jenkins .10
Gary Thompson .7
Cathair Friel .14
Jonathan McMurray .27

Andrew Kilmartin
Greg Moorhouse
Kevin Braniff
Andrew McGrory
Mark Patton
Jonathan Flynn .5
Denver Gage .6
Eoin Kane .15
Conor McCloskey .11
Neil Lowry .20

Andrew Kilmartin for Mark Sykes (81)
Greg Moorhouse for Eoin Bradley (81)
Kevin Braniff for Paddy McCourt (81)
Conor McCloskey for Gary Thompson (46)
Neil Lowry for Cathair Friel (70)
Eoin Kane for Jonathan McMurray (88)

Paddy McCourt (9)
Mark Sykes (64)
Rhys Marshall (68)
Joel Cooper (77)
Kyle Owens (6)
Gary Thompson (26)
Conor McCloskey (54)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Raymond Crangle (Referee)

Match Report

GLENAVON ran out victors at Mourneview Park today, ending the 10-game unbeaten run of Ballymena United.

Glenavon dominated play for the majority of the first half as United found chances few and far between, in a heated first half in which Caolan Loughran went down early after an off the ball incident involving Eoin Bradley, who was lucky to go unpunished. It was Bradley who opened the scoring on 7 minutes when he stepped up and converted a free kick from just outside the box after a foul by Kyle Owens. The strike went into Ben McCauley's top corner, leaving the goalkeeper little chance of saving it.

Ballymena's first chance came when Johnny McMurray did well to fire a low ball into the box, but a vital interception by Simon Kelly stopped Cathair Friel from tapping the ball home.

Glenavon doubled their advantage after 21 minutes through Ciaran Martyn. a quick throw in caught United out of position and Bradley was able to lift the ball to the head of Martyn, who head home completely unmarked. United probed for a way back into the game as McMurray had an effort cleared off the line.

A way back into the game became even harder for Ballymena when Glenavon scored a third on 30 minutes. Andy Hall made a good run down the wing and his pacey cross was turned into his own net by a hapless Jim Ervin. Arguably United's best chance of the half fell to Friel on 43 minutes when he found himself unmarked in the box, but he was denied by a good save by Jonny Tuffey. At the other end, McCauley saved well to stop Hall with the last kick of the half.

The second half saw a United team with a lot more purpose come out. Substitute Conor McCloskey and McMurray both had shots that failed to hit the target in the opening 15 minutes. On 63 minutes, United couldn't have went closer as Willie Faulkner's shot came back at him off the post. In between another Faulkner effort that went too high, Bradley went for the spectacular after trying to lob McCauley from all of 35 yards, but his attempt went just over the bar.

Ballymena brought on Neil Lowry who should've done better with an effort which hit the side netting, before testing Tuffey with a tame shot. As United went after a consolation goal, two late counter attacks brought two goals for the hosts.

First, on 81 minutes, Bradley broke free and fired home past McCauley from the edge of the box for his second of the afternoon. And with 1 minute left of the 90, Glenavon again broke forward and got past the Sky Blue defence with Greg Moorhouse delivering the finish to round off a disappointing day for Ballymena.

Match report written by Phillip McPeake

Squad Statistics (as at October 22nd, 2016)

2016-2017 All Time
Ben McCauley (GK)18 3 - 3 -
Jim Ervin31 15 - 932
Tony Kane29 14820320
Caolan Loughran21 121141
Kyle Owens24 153153
Daniel Wallace22 13 - 13 -
William Faulkner26 112448
Allan Jenkins35 14421947
Gary Thompson26 15 - 16518
Cathair Friel23 15101510
Jonathan McMurray22 146146
Conor McCloskey (sub)24 132132
Eoin Kane (sub)20 4 - 382
Neil Lowry (sub)23 3 - 553

League Table (as at October 22nd, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Crusaders 12 9 2 1 21 29
2. Linfield 12 7 4 1 18 25
3. Coleraine 13 6 5 2 8 23
4. Cliftonville 13 7 1 5 6 22
5. BALLYMENA UTD 12 6 3 3 -1 21
6. Glenavon 12 5 5 2 7 20
7. Ards 13 5 2 6 -3 17
8. Dungannon 13 4 4 5 7 16
9. Glentoran 13 4 2 7 -10 14
10. Ballinamallard Utd 13 3 2 8 -12 11
11. Carrick 13 1 2 10 -25 5
12. Portadown 13 3 0 10 -16 -3

* - Table split into two divisions of six.