Glenavon 4
Ballymena United 1
League (IFA Premiership)


4 - 1

Ballymena United

League (IFA Premiership)
Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Mourneview Park
Attendance: 513
3:00 PM Kick-off

Guy Bates (6)
Kris Lindsay (39)
Ciaran Martyn (52)
Guy Bates (83)
Jamie Davidson (8)

Team Managers
Gary Hamilton Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Andrew Coleman
Kris Lindsay
Mark Turkington
Mark Haughey
Ciaran Martyn
Andrew Kilmartin
Niall Henderson
Conor Hagan
Andrew McGrory
Guy Bates
Andrew Mitchell
Stuart Addis .18
Ross Black .3
Tony Kane .2
David Munster .16
Aaron Stewart .6
Mark Surgenor .15
Richard Vauls .4
Allan Jenkins .10
Alan Teggart .12
David Cushley .11
Jamie Davidson .23

Gary Hamilton
Jude Ballard
Robert McDaid
Sean McCashin
Jason Greenaway
William Bingham .14
James Costello .9
Jordon Foster .22
Neil Lowry .24
James McCabe .26

Gary Hamilton for Andrew Mitchell (78)
Jude Ballard for Niall Henderson (88)
Robert McDaid for Gary Hamilton (88)
Neil Lowry for David Munster (60)
James McCabe for Alan Teggart (68)
James Costello for Ross Black (78)

Andrew Kilmartin (46) Richard Vauls (57)
Aaron Stewart (82)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mervyn Smyth (Belfast) (Referee)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United succumbed to a disappointing 4-1 defeat against Glenavon at Mourneview Park on Saturday, alarmingly this was the Sky Blues' fifth league defeat in a row.

The hosts started brightly and took the lead with just six minutes on the clock thanks to a deflected Guy Bates free kick. United's response was immediate, a scooped through ball from David Cushley was brought under control by Jamie Davidson, who finished low into the right hand corner of Andy Coleman's net.

Glenavon soon regained a foothold in the game and begun to press forward with alarming frequency. United's makeshift defence was looking vulnerable, with Guy Bates in particular giving the visitors' backline a torrid afternoon.

On 39 minutes, the home side took the lead once more. Niall Henderson's curling free kick was met by the head of Lurgan Blues skipper Kris Lindsay who knocked the ball past United goalkeeper Stuart Addis.

Glenavon held a well earned lead at the break, and set about extending their advantage in the second period. Ciaran Martyn got on the end of an Andy McGrory through ball after more good work from Guy Bates to make it 3-1 and ensure a comfortable afternoon for the hosts.

Substitute James Costello's 'goal' was then adjudged to not have crossed the line by the linesman, despite his protestations that it had. Jamie Davidson's corner was met by the head of the enigmatic United striker who nodded it goalwards from the edge of the six yard box only for the referee's assistant to wave play on.

To further rub salt into United's wounds the impressive Guy Bates added his second and his side's fourth on 83 minutes, with a placed shot from just inside the area. Question marks remain over whether Stuart Addis could have done better to protect his near post on this occasion.

The final whistle blew almost to the relief of the travelling United contingent, who feared an even more emphatic scoreline. The side's performance must collectively improve if the Sky Blues are to stop the rot by getting a result at The Oval next week, with fears mounting that five defeats on the bounce could become six.

Match report written by Jordan Miller

Squad Statistics (as at December 15th, 2012)

2012-2013 All Time
Stuart Addis (GK)33 6 - 24 -
Ross Black24 16 - 371
Tony Kane25 231513
David Munster33 241545
Aaron Stewart23 2411585
Mark Surgenor26 19212213
Richard Vauls22 8 - 321
Allan Jenkins31 1325411
Alan Teggart26 2056212
David Cushley23 24310415
Jamie Davidson18 246357
Neil Lowry (sub)19 142272
James McCabe (sub)19 193193
James Costello (sub)26 111449

League Table (as at December 15th, 2012)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Cliftonville 20 14 4 2 46
2. Crusaders 20 12 3 5 39
3. Glentoran 20 9 7 4 34
4. Coleraine 20 9 7 4 34
5. Linfield 20 9 5 6 32
6. Ballinamallard Utd 20 9 4 7 31
7. Portadown 20 6 7 7 25
8. BALLYMENA UTD 20 6 7 7 25
9. Glenavon 20 6 5 9 23
10. Dungannon 20 3 9 8 18
11. Donegal Celtic 20 2 5 13 11
12. Distillery 20 2 3 15 9