(Lisburn) Distillery 1
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Ballymena United


League (IFA Premiership)
Saturday, August 6th, 2011
New Grosvenor Park
Attendance: 361
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Gary Liggett (34) Alan Teggart (10)
Gary McCutcheon (38)
Jordan Baker (64)
Gary McCutcheon (77)

Team Managers
Tommy Wright Roy Walker

Starting Eleven
Billy Brennan
Aaron Callaghan
Andrew Ferguson
Seamus Sharkey
Jordan Hughes
David Cushley
Grant Gardiner
David McCullough
Scott Davidson
Aaron Traynor
Gary Liggett
Aaron Kerr .47
Tony Kane .2
Mark Surgenor .13
Christopher Rodgers .26
Aaron Stewart .6
Alan Teggart .12
Conor Downey .15
Allan Jenkins .10
Jordan Baker .14
Gary McCutcheon .9
James Costello .17

Bench
Andrew Hall
David Larmour
Neal Gawley
Mark Patton
Mark Cooling
Dwayne Nelson .1
Ross Black .3
David Munster .16
Eamonn Murray .7
Rory Carson .11

Substitutions
Andrew Hall for David McCullough (46)
David Larmour for David Cushley (72)
Neal Gawley for Jordan Hughes (88)
David Munster for Conor Downey (77)
Ross Black for Jordan Baker (90)

Cautions
Aaron Traynor (49) None.

Red Cards
None. Tony Kane (87)

Match Officials

Arnold Hunter (Referee)





Match Report


BALLYMENA United sit top of the Carling IFA Premiership after a convincing four goal opening day victory over Lisburn Distillery.

Roy Walker's new look side boasted seven debutants in the starting eleven; Tony Kane, Chris Rodgers, Jordan Baker, James Costello, Alan Teggart, Conor Downey and captain Allan Jenkins.

It took the Sky Blues only ten minutes to open their account for the season when Ally Teggart nipped in after a mistake by Seamus Sharkey and cooly finished from close range when one-on-one with goalkeeper Brennan.

The Whites equalised against the run of play on 34 minutes when David Cushley's header was only parried as far as Gary Liggett by goalkeeper Aaron Kerr, who fired home the leveller from close range.

Parity only lasted four minutes though as last season's leading goalscorer Gary McCutcheon got off the mark for this campaign, finishing off James Costello's excellent cross from the bye-line.

Costello, who has had a fine pre-season since joining from Glenavon, missed a penalty early in the second half after referee Arnold Hunter blew for handball from a Distillery defender - Costello fired a poor penalty high and wide of the goal.

He turned provider again for United's third goal of the game when his cross was met powerfully by Jordan Baker on 64 mintues and McCutcheon killed the game off as a contest with his second on 77 minutes.

The only blemish on the day was the dismissal of defender Tony Kane on his debut three minutes of time.

Match report written by Official Ballymena United website



Squad Statistics (as at August 6th, 2011)


2011-2012 All Time
Age
Aaron Kerr (GK)28 1 - 3 -
Christopher Rodgers20 1 - 1 -
Tony Kane23 1 - 1 -
Aaron Stewart21 1 - 962
Mark Surgenor25 1 - 789
Allan Jenkins29 1 - 1 -
Alan Teggart24 1111
Conor Downey29 1 - 1 -
Gary McCutcheon32 124517
Jordan Baker22 1111
James Costello25 1 - 1 -
David Munster (sub)32 1 - 1 -
Ross Black (sub)23 1 - 1 -



League Table (as at August 6th, 2011)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Glentoran 1 1 0 0 1 3
2. Linfield 1 1 0 0 1 3
3. Cliftonville 1 1 0 0 1 3
4. Coleraine 1 0 1 0 0 1
5. Crusaders 1 0 0 1 -1 0
6. Portadown 1 0 0 1 -1 0
7. BALLYMENA UTD 1 1 0 0 3 3
8. Donegal Celtic 1 1 0 0 1 3
9. Dungannon Swifts 1 0 1 0 0 1
10. Glenavon 1 0 0 1 -1 0
11. Carrick Rangers 1 0 0 1 -1 0
12. Distillery 1 0 0 1 -3 0

* - Table split into two divisions of six.