Ballymena United 0
Linfield 1
County Antrim Shield (Quarter final)


Ballymena United
0 - 1
Linfield 

County Antrim Shield (Quarter final)
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 1,042
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. BJ Burns (?)

Team Managers
Roy Walker
David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
1. Dwayne Nelson
6. Aaron Stewart
13. Mark Surgenor
4. Richard Vauls
16. David Munster
2. Tony Kane
8. Gavin Taggart
12. Alan Teggart
19. Michael Smith
17. James Costello
9. Gary McCutcheon
Stuart Addis
BJ Burns
Aaron Burns
William Murphy
Steven Douglas
Daryl Fordyce
Nathan Hanley
Christopher Casement
Phillip Lowry
Peter Thompson
Rory Patterson

Bench
47. Aaron Kerr
5. Denver Gage
18. Curtis Woods
7. Eamonn Murray
15. Conor Downey
Brian McCaul
Neil Dougan
Alan Blayney
Damien Curran
Robert Garrett

Substitutions
Eamonn Murray for James Costello (77)
Denver Gage for David Munster (85)
Brian McCaul for Nathan Hanley
Neil Dougan for Peter Thompson

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Colin Burns (Newtownabbey) (Referee)




Match Report


Linfield went into the hat for the Co. Antrim Shield semi-final draw at Windsor Park on Saturday tea-time with a 1-0 victory away to Ballymena United this evening.

Only one player who started Saturday's game at the same venue (Rory Patterson) started this evening's game although Saturday subs Philip Lowry and Peter Thompson were in the starting line-up. Lowry was making his 100th appearance for the Blues.

It was an entertaining game overall. BJ Burns shot over the bar on 15 minutes and a few minutes later a Philip Lowry header skimmed the crossbar. Alan Teggart brought a flying save out of Stuart Addis on the half hour mark and shortly after Linfield had a good penalty shout turned down, Philip Lowry shot wide of goal from a good position. Just before the interval Alan Teggart fired over when well placed and the half time whistle was blown by the same referee from Saturday's game (Colin Burns) with the score goalless.

Early in the second half Linfield took control of the game creating several good chances. Rory Patterson's downward header from a corner bounced up and cleared the crossbar. Peter Thompson brilliantly turned his defender but his shot across goal went agonisingly inches wide of the far post. Linfield went in front through Billy Joe Burns. A fierce Rory Patterson free kick was only parried by the home keeper into the path of the incoming Billy Joe Burns who made no mistake from close range. Five minutes later a clever Nathan Hanley flick on created an opening for Rory Patterson but Nelson in the home goal made a fine save.

Ballymena full back Kane brought a good save out of Addis with a fine free kick from distance as Ballymena went in search of an equaliser.

McCaul replaced Hanley and Dougan made his debut appearance coming on for Peter Thompson.

Dougan made a fine run down the left crossing for Fordyce who went close to increasing Linfield's advantage.

The latter stages brought intense pressure from the home side as they sought an equaliser. Addis produced a superb save from a rasping free kick from Kane. In injury time Ballymena did get the ball in the net but the linesman had already raised his flag for offside.

Match report written by Linfield FC website



Squad Statistics (as at September 7th, 2011)


2011-2012 All Time
Age
Dwayne Nelson (GK)27 4 - 101 -
Mark Surgenor25 5 - 829
David Munster32 6 - 6 -
Aaron Stewart21 7 - 1022
Richard Vauls20 2 - 2 -
Tony Kane24 4 - 4 -
Alan Teggart24 6161
Gavin Taggart26 4 - 623
Michael Smith19 2 - 5 -
James Costello25 7 - 7 -
Gary McCutcheon32 755120
Denver Gage (sub)24 3 - 381
Eamonn Murray (sub)23 4 - 4210



League Table (as at September 7th, 2011)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 6 5 0 1 10 15
2. Cliftonville 6 4 1 1 3 13
3. Portadown 6 4 0 2 6 12
4. Crusaders 6 3 1 2 4 10
5. Glentoran 6 3 1 2 1 10
6. Coleraine 6 1 4 1 0 7
7. Donegal Celtic 6 4 0 2 -2 12
8. Carrick 6 2 1 3 -1 7
9. BALLYMENA UTD 6 2 1 3 -2 7
10. Dungannon 6 1 1 4 -5 4
11. Distillery 6 1 1 4 -8 4
12. Glenavon 6 0 1 5 -6 1

* - Table split into two divisions of six.