Ballymena United 2
Warrenpoint Town 1
Irish Cup (Round 5)

Ballymena United
2 - 1
Warrenpoint Town 

Irish Cup (Round 5)
Saturday, January 12th, 2013
Ballymena Showgrounds
3:00 PM Kick-off

Shane Dolan (25)
Alan Davidson (78)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Barry Gray

Starting Eleven
1. Dwayne Nelson
3. Ross Black
2. Tony Kane
16. David Munster
20. Christopher Rodgers
10. Allan Jenkins
12. Alan Teggart
7. Gary Thompson
11. David Cushley
14. Shane Dolan
9. Gary Liggett

15. Mark Surgenor
4. Richard Vauls
19. Alan Davidson
8. Gavin Taggart
22. Peter Duffin

Gavin Taggart for Gary Thompson (46)
Alan Davidson for Alan Teggart (63)
Peter Duffin for David Cushley (76)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Raymond Hetherington (Referee)

Match Report

A MOUTHWATERING clash with rivals Coleraine awaits plucky Ballymena United who recorded a somewhat fortuitous Irish Cup 5th round win over Championship 1 side Warrenpoint Town on Saturday.

Man of the match Dwayne Nelson should rightly take the plaudits for almost single handily keeping his side in the competition. Save after save he made – some at point blank range to keep the impressive Warrenpoint men at bay. Ironically, it was a spill from Nelson which almost gifted the visitors the lead early on, but the in-form keeper scrambled back to his line and the ball was cleared.

It was United who drew first blood, recent signing Shane Dolan endeared himself further to the home faithful with a second goal in as many games. Allan Jenkins thought he had broken the deadlock moments earlier, only for the retreating John Boyle to hook the ball of the line. His last gasp clearance fell to debutant Gary Liggett, who linked well with Gary Thompson before finding hot shot striker Dolan to break the deadlock with 25 minutes on the clock.

It could have been two just minutes later but David Cushley shot wide with his weaker right foot when well placed to score. United threatened again later in the half when Cushley's effort was palmed away by Warrenpoint 'keeper Jonathan Parr into the path of winger Ally Teggert who attempted an acrobatic overhead kick which was unfortunately placed straight at Parr.

United appeared to rest on their laurels after the break, with the visitors re-emerging as by far the stronger team. Martin Havern can feel especially unlucky, and must be cursing the form of Dwayne Nelson who kept him at bay on two separate occasions. Another curling effort from Haveron flew just wide of Nelson's right hand post as the visitors begun to rank up the pressure.

The home side could have doubled their advantage against the run of play when a knock down from Gary Liggett fell straight into the path of Shane Dolan but the Dubliner miss-kicked his effort when all thought the net was certain to bulge. United paid for their profligacy on 71 minutes when substitute Mark Hughes went on a mazy run before finding fellow replacement Keith Johnston to stroke the ball past the despairing home goalkeeper.

This finally brought the Sky Blues to life, and it was a substitute of their own who stole the show with a late strike. Gary Liggett found Warrenpoint native Alan Davidson who rifled home a superb effort from the edge of the box to send his side into the next round. The relief around the Showgrounds was palpable, the home side knew they had recorded a victory that was scarcely deserved, but a victory it was and one which keeps the club's Irish Cup dream alive.

Match report written by Jordan Miller

Squad Statistics (as at January 12th, 2013)

2012-2013 All Time
Dwayne Nelson (GK)28 24 - 142 -
Ross Black24 20 - 411
Tony Kane25 261543
David Munster33 281585
Christopher Rodgers22 112362
Allan Jenkins31 1725811
Alan Teggart26 2356512
Gary Thompson22 275275
David Cushley23 28510817
Shane Dolan24 2222
Gary Liggett25 1 - 1 -
Gavin Taggart (sub)28 2011074
Alan Davidson (sub)24 164257
Peter Duffin (sub)18 4 - 4 -

League Table (as at January 12th, 2013)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Cliftonville 24 17 4 3 55
2. Crusaders 25 15 4 6 49
3. Linfield 25 13 6 6 45
4. Glentoran 24 10 8 6 38
5. Coleraine 24 10 8 6 38
6. Ballinamallard Utd 24 11 4 9 37
7. Portadown 24 9 7 8 34
8. BALLYMENA UTD 23 7 8 8 29
9. Glenavon 24 6 5 13 23
10. Dungannon 23 4 9 10 21
11. Donegal Celtic 24 3 6 15 15
12. Distillery 24 2 5 17 11