Ballymena United 1
Portadown 2
League (IFA Premiership)

Ballymena United
1 - 2

League (IFA Premiership)
Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 919
3:00 PM Kick-off

Christopher Rodgers (8)
Kevin Braniff (50)
Kevin Braniff (60)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Ronnie McFall

Starting Eleven
18. Stuart Addis
2. Tony Kane
20. Christopher Rodgers
6. Aaron Stewart
15. Mark Surgenor
4. Richard Vauls
19. Alan Davidson
10. Allan Jenkins
12. Alan Teggart
11. David Cushley
26. James McCabe
David Miskelly
Christopher Casement
Garry Breen
Ross Redman
Christopher Ramsey Neil McCafferty
Tim Mouncey
Ryan Burns
Joseph McNeill
Kevin Braniff
Darren Murray

3. Ross Black
16. David Munster
14. William Bingham
9. James Costello
23. Jamie Davidson
Sean Mackle
Jaime McArdle
Richard Leckey
Brian Gartland
Mark Patton

David Munster for Christopher Rodgers (74)
Jamie Davidson for David Cushley (74)
James Costello for James McCabe (80)
Sean Mackle for Ryan Burns (46)

Tony Kane (29)
Alan Davidson (43)
David Cushley (60)
Mark Surgenor (76)
David Munster (90)
Tim Mouncey (9)
Sean Mackle (82)
Christopher Ramsey (88)
Darren Murray (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Carvill (Belfast) (Referee)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United slipped to a fourth successive Danske Bank Premiership defeat at home to Portadown on Saturday, two second half goals from Kevin Braniff cancelling out Chris Rodgers' eighth minute opener.

United started brightly, and after good work from David Cushley, James McCabe shot straight at Portadown goalkeeper David Miskelly with captain Allan Jenkins blasting over the resulting rebound. Shortly after, the Sky Blues took the lead. Tony Kane's impressive cross found the head of Chris Rodgers who headed home his first goal in a United shirt.

The visitors almost levelled the scores on 11 minutes only for Stuart Addis to pull off a stunning save to deny Darren Murray's goal bound looping header.

David Cushley was proving a real test for Ports' right back Chris Casement, and in one exquisite move, played through Alan Davidson from a seemingly impossible angle only for the Warrenpoint man to shoot a tame effort, easily saved by the busy Miskelly. Cushley again was the provider just a minute later when he found James McCabe in space in the box but he headed the ball straight into the ground from point blank range.

Cushley could have scored himself on 25 minutes when after a mesmerising piece of skill which took him past two defenders with one flick of the boot, he shot just wide of Miskelly's far post. The former Lisburn Distillery man was again involved on the strike of half time, in a flowing move involving Alan Davidson and Ally Teggert, the latter becoming the latest to be guilty of a poor miss.

United's productive first half display was unexpectedly followed by a flat second, with a lack of rhythm and shape proving detrimental to the team's performance. Kevin Braniff equalised for Portadown on 50 minutes after a powerful strike from the edge of the area. The goal was marred in controversy however as United's Mark Surgenor was lying stricken on the centre circle whilst the visitors ignored calls to halt play. Braniff then prodded his team in front just ten minutes later after getting on the end of Chris Casement's low cross.

Alan Davidson had a number of long range efforts dealt with by the impressive Miskelly, as United struggled to carve out any real goalscoring opportunities after falling behind.

Match report written by Jordan Miller

Squad Statistics (as at December 8th, 2012)

2012-2013 All Time
Stuart Addis (GK)33 5 - 23 -
Tony Kane25 221503
Christopher Rodgers21 71321
Aaron Stewart23 2311575
Mark Surgenor26 18212113
Richard Vauls22 7 - 311
Alan Davidson24 153246
Allan Jenkins31 1225311
Alan Teggart26 1956112
David Cushley23 23310315
James McCabe19 183183
David Munster (sub)33 231535
Jamie Davidson (sub)18 235346
James Costello (sub)26 101439

League Table (as at December 8th, 2012)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Cliftonville 19 13 4 2 43
2. Crusaders 19 11 3 5 36
3. Glentoran 19 8 7 4 31
4. Ballinamallard Utd 19 9 4 6 31
5. Coleraine 19 8 7 4 31
6. Linfield 19 8 5 6 29
7. Portadown 19 6 7 6 25
8. BALLYMENA UTD 19 6 7 6 25
9. Glenavon 19 5 5 9 20
10. Dungannon 19 3 9 7 18
11. Donegal Celtic 19 2 5 12 11
12. Distillery 19 2 3 14 9