Glentoran 1
Ballymena United 2
League (IFA Premiership)


Glentoran 

1 - 2

Ballymena United


League (IFA Premiership)
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
The Oval
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Jason Hill (pen.) (64) Alan Teggart (pen.) (17)
Tony Kane (90)

Team Managers
Eddie Patterson Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Aaron Hogg
Jason Hill
Sean Ward
Jimmy Callacher
Calum Birney
Stephen Carson
Marcus Kane
Jim O'Hanlon
Andrew Waterworth
Mark Clarke
Martin Murray
Dwayne Nelson .1
Christopher Rodgers .20
Tony Kane .2
Ross Black .3
David Munster .16
Allan Jenkins .10
Alan Teggart .12
Gary Thompson .7
Gary Liggett .9
David Cushley .11
Shane Dolan .14

Bench
Carl McComb
William Garrett
Steven McCullough
Colin Nixon
Kevin Bradley
Mark Surgenor .15
Richard Vauls .4
Alan Davidson .19
Peter Duffin .22
James McCabe .26

Substitutions
Carl McComb for Calum Birney (68)
William Garrett for Marcus Kane (86)
Steven McCullough for Stephen Carson (88)
Alan Davidson for David Cushley (58)
Peter Duffin for Shane Dolan (68)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Black (Antrim) (Referee)



Match Report


A SENSATIONAL strike from full-back Tony Kane in the dying minutes of Tuesday's clash at The Oval ensured United extended their impressive run at the venue to six victories in their last seven league visits.

Gary Thompson could have put Ballymena in front as early as the second minute, but the ball seemed to get stuck under his feet in the box allowing Glentoran goalkeeper Aaron Hogg to recover. The hosts threatened next, Andy Waterworth broke free of the United defence but his wild shot flew wide of the post.. United begun to assert some authority on the game and were awarded a penalty with 17 minutes on the clock after Jimmy Callacher brought down skipper Allan Jenkins in the area. Ally Teggert stepped up to slot home his fifth penalty of the season and give United a merited early lead.

Soon after, the home side were awarded a penalty of their own when Chris Rodgers was adjudged to have committed a foul when tangling with Glentoran's Martin Murray. The penalty award seemed somewhat harsh, and justice was done in United supporters' eyes when Waterworth's ensuing effort rebounded back off the inside of the post. Ballymena held out to head into the break with a slender one goal advantage.

Glentoran stepped up the pressure in the second half and finally got back on level terms after referee Alan Black awarded the third penalty of the evening. Stephen Carson played through the lively Andy Waterworth, but the Glens striker was hauled down by the on-rushing Dwayne Nelson. The United goalkeeper was perhaps fortunate to escape with just a caution, and was sent the wrong way by Jason Hill to score his side a deserved equaliser.

The East Belfast side should have then taken the lead when Jim O'Hanlon rounded Nelson but Ross Black recovered in time to scoop the winger's effort off the line. United substitute Alan Davidson tested the hands of deputy Glens goalkeeper Aaron Hogg with a rasping effort from outside the box, before fellow replacement Peter Duffin had his close range shot miraculously hooked off the line by Jimmy Callacher.

United ramped up the pressure and got their just rewards on 90 minutes when Tony Kane stepped up from all of 30 yards to strike a powerful effort right into the top corner, sparking scenes of jubilation amongst the away support. United had done it again, their usual Oval victory, and what a dramatic win it was!

Match report written by Jordan Miller



Squad Statistics (as at January 15th, 2013)


2012-2013 All Time
Age
Dwayne Nelson (GK)28 25 - 143 -
David Munster33 291595
Ross Black24 21 - 421
Tony Kane25 272554
Christopher Rodgers22 122372
Alan Teggart26 2466613
Allan Jenkins31 1825911
Gary Thompson22 285285
Shane Dolan24 3232
David Cushley23 29510917
Gary Liggett25 2 - 2 -
Alan Davidson (sub)24 174267
Peter Duffin (sub)18 5 - 5 -



League Table (as at January 15th, 2013)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Cliftonville 25 18 4 3 58
2. Crusaders 25 15 4 6 49
3. Linfield 25 13 6 6 45
4. Ballinamallard Utd 25 12 4 9 40
5. Glentoran 25 10 8 7 38
6. Coleraine 25 10 8 7 38
7. Portadown 24 9 7 8 34
8. BALLYMENA UTD 24 8 8 8 32
9. Dungannon 24 5 9 10 24
10. Glenavon 25 6 5 14 23
11. Donegal Celtic 25 3 6 16 15
12. Distillery 24 2 5 17 11