Donegal Celtic 1
Ballymena United 4
League (IFA Premiership - Section B)

Donegal Celtic 

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Ballymena United

League (IFA Premiership - Section B)
Saturday, April 13th, 2013
Suffolk Road
Attendance: 192
3:00 PM Kick-off

Sean Cleary (2) Mark Burns (o.g.) (10)
Gary Liggett (19)
Shane Dolan (54)
Alan Teggart (90)

Team Managers
Pat McAllister Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
John Connolly
Peter McCann
Ciaran Burns
Paul McAreavey
Conor Downey
Sean Cleary
Kevin Keegan
Ryan Deans
Mark Burns
Ciaran Gargan
Mark Miskimmin
Dwayne Nelson .1
David Munster .16
Michael Ruddy .17
Tony Kane .2
Aaron Stewart .6
Gavin Taggart .8
Gary Thompson .7
Allan Jenkins .10
Gary Liggett .9
David Cushley .11
Shane Dolan .14

Jason Bannon
Paul McVeigh
Joseph Todd
Pearse Devine
Ciaran Carson
Shaun Maher .27
Jonathan Taylor .21
Alan Teggart .12
Alan Davidson .19
James McCabe .26

Jason Bannon for Ryan Deans (31)
Paul McVeigh for Sean Cleary (57)
Joseph Todd for Mark Miskimmin (60)
Alan Teggart for Gary Thompson (46)
Jonathan Taylor for Tony Kane (66)
Alan Davidson for David Cushley (71)

Ciaran Burns (75)
Peter McCann (85)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Colin Burns (Newtownabbey) (Referee)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United made it ten goals in two games after a convincing 4-1 victory on the road at Donegal Celtic on Saturday.

United appear to have found their shooting boots just as the season reaches its climax, much to the bewilderment of supporters who had all hoped such performances could have been produced earlier in the season. The Sky Blues actually fell behind early on, a clumsy tackle in the area by David Munster felled Sean Cleary, who dispatched the resultant spot kick at the second attempt after an initial good save from Dwayne Nelson.

It didn't take long for the away side to respond, a floated cross from Gary Thompson resulted in an own goal off Donegal Celtic defender Mark Burns after David Cushley had challenged in the air. On 18 minutes, United had the lead. A through ball from David Cushley was dealt with by the head of DC goalkeeper John Connolly, who could only steer the ball straight into the path of United striker Gary Liggett, whose calm chipped finish gave his side a 2-1 advantage.

Six minutes later, the hosts should have been level. Striker Mark Miskimmin struck the post from inside the area but the rebound fell to former United man Paul McAreavey, who somehow ballooned the ball over the bar from all of six yards. United were unlucky not to extend their advantage later in the half when both the busy Gary Liggett and fellow striker Shane Dolan had opportunities which went astray.

Ballymena did manage to secure that elusive third goal in the second half when Shane Dolan turned in David Cushley's cross from the right hand side to give the Sky Blues some breathing space. Some gloss was added to the scoreline late on when substitute Alan Davidson's through ball found fellow replacement Alan Teggert, who rounded John Connolly before slotting home from an acute angle to make the score 4-1 and wrap up the three points. The only blotch on the day's events was a nasty looking injury suffered by captain Allan Jenkins, later confirmed to be ankle ligament damage, after receiving a nasty tackle from behind in his own penalty box.

Match report written by Jordan Miller

Squad Statistics (as at April 13th, 2013)

2012-2013 All Time
Dwayne Nelson (GK)28 37 - 155 -
Tony Kane25 393675
Michael Ruddy19 18 - 18 -
Aaron Stewart23 3211665
David Munster34 371675
Gary Thompson22 405405
Allan Jenkins31 2927011
Gavin Taggart28 2921165
David Cushley23 381111823
Gary Liggett25 144144
Shane Dolan25 103103
Jonathan Taylor (sub)24 151282
Alan Teggart (sub)26 3387515
Alan Davidson (sub)25 264357

League Table (as at April 13th, 2013)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Cliftonville 34 27 4 3 85
2. Crusaders 34 22 5 7 71
3. Linfield 35 17 10 8 61
4. Glentoran 35 14 11 10 53
5. Coleraine 35 13 12 10 51
6. Ballinamallard Utd 35 14 8 13 50
7. Portadown 35 12 10 13 46
8. BALLYMENA UTD 35 10 13 12 43
9. Glenavon 35 10 6 19 36
10. Dungannon 35 7 13 15 34
11. Donegal Celtic 35 5 9 21 24
12. Distillery 35 4 7 24 19