Ballymena United 6
Portadown 1
League (IFA Premiership - Section B)

Ballymena United
6 - 1

League (IFA Premiership - Section B)
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 388
3:00 PM Kick-off

David Cushley (4)
David Cushley (18)
David Cushley (44)
Mark Surgenor (45)
Gary Liggett (50)
Gary Liggett (61)
Gary Twigg (13)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Ronnie McFall

Starting Eleven
1. Dwayne Nelson
15. Mark Surgenor
16. David Munster
17. Michael Ruddy
2. Tony Kane
6. Aaron Stewart
8. Gavin Taggart
7. Gary Thompson
10. Allan Jenkins
9. Gary Liggett
11. David Cushley
Jaime McArdle
Garry Breen
Sean Mackle
Mark Patton
Aaron Burns
Ryan Burns
Andrew Burns
Joseph McNeill
Ciaran Rooney
Gary Twigg
Richard Leckey

21. Jonathan Taylor
12. Alan Teggart
19. Alan Davidson
24. Neil Lowry
14. Shane Dolan
Neil McCafferty
Ross Redman
Samuel Stewart
Darren Murray
Kevin Braniff

Jonathan Taylor for Michael Ruddy (65)
Alan Davidson for Mark Surgenor (67)
Shane Dolan for David Cushley (78)
Neil McCafferty for Ciaran Rooney (46)
Ross Redman for Andrew Burns (46)
Samuel Stewart for Ryan Burns (60)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Arnold Hunter (Maguiresbridge) (Referee)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United bounced back in style at the Showgrounds on Easter Tuesday defeating Portadown by six goals to one, recording their biggest Premiership victory since an 8-0 demolition of Newry Town in 1994.

Given that United had been on a dreadful run of form, having not recorded a victory in any competition since January 15th, this annihilation of Portadown came as something of a surprise. The opener came as early as the fourth minute, a delightful clipped effort from David Cushley from the edge of the area. The best however, was yet to come.

Portadown equalised on ten minutes, a long punt forward found January signing Gary Twigg, who with one touch slotted the ball past the on-rushing Dwayne Nelson and into the net. Parity had been restored, but only briefly. On 15 minutes, David Cushley bettered his earlier effort with a superb volley from all of 25 yards which curled into the top corner, earning rapturous applause from the home support. The flying winger could do no wrong, and earned his hat-trick on 42 minutes. Gary Thompson elected to square the ball rather than shoot, and Cushley was on hand to tuck the ball away from inside the box to extend his side's lead.

That lead was extended even further on the edge of half time when Mark Surgenor turned in Tony Kane's cross to put the result beyond all reasonable doubt with half of the match still remaining. United didn't rest on their laurels in the second half and made it five just after break, striker Garry Liggett firing home from just inside the box.

Liggett bagged a brace soon after, when he turned in Allan Jenkins' square ball to add real gloss to the scoreline. The home side could have won by an even even bigger margin, with Liggett unfortunate not to become the second player of the afternoon to score a hat-trick, in addition to chances squandered by Mark Surgenor, Gavin Taggart and substitute Alan Davidson.

The Sky Blues have a free Saturday this weekend due to the Irish Cup semi finals but are back in action the following weekend away to 11th placed Donegal Celtic. A repeat of this performance wouldn't go down badly at all!

Match report written by Jordan Miller

Squad Statistics (as at April 2nd, 2013)

2012-2013 All Time
Dwayne Nelson (GK)28 36 - 154 -
Michael Ruddy19 17 - 17 -
Aaron Stewart23 3111655
David Munster34 361665
Mark Surgenor27 30413315
Tony Kane25 383665
Gary Thompson22 395395
Allan Jenkins31 2826911
Gavin Taggart28 2821155
Gary Liggett25 133133
David Cushley23 371111723
Jonathan Taylor (sub)24 141272
Alan Davidson (sub)25 254347
Shane Dolan (sub)25 9292

League Table (as at April 2nd, 2013)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Cliftonville 33 26 4 3 82
2. Crusaders 33 21 5 7 68
3. Linfield 34 17 10 7 61
4. Glentoran 34 14 10 10 52
5. Coleraine 34 13 12 9 51
6. Ballinamallard Utd 34 14 7 13 49
7. Portadown 34 12 9 13 45
8. BALLYMENA UTD 34 9 13 12 40
9. Glenavon 34 9 6 19 33
10. Dungannon 34 7 12 15 33
11. Donegal Celtic 34 5 9 20 24
12. Distillery 34 4 7 23 19