Cliftonville 3
Ballymena United 4
League (IFA Premiership)


Cliftonville 

3 - 4

Ballymena United


League (IFA Premiership)
Saturday, September 10th, 2011
Solitude
Attendance: 629
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Chris Scannell (7)
Chris Scannell (25)
John Convery (61)
Mark Surgenor (24)
Tony Kane (60)
Gary McCutcheon (70)
Gary McCutcheon (86)

Team Managers
Tommy Breslin Roy Walker

Starting Eleven
Ryan Brown
Liam Fleming
Eamonn Seydak
John Convery
Barry Holland
Stephen Garrett
Ryan Catney
Ciaran Caldwell
Darren Stuart
Chris Scannell
Ronan Scannell
Aaron Kerr .47
Richard Vauls .4
Aaron Stewart .6
Liam Watson .22
Tony Kane .2
Mark Surgenor .13
Alan Teggart .12
Michael Smith .19
Allan Jenkins .10
Gavin Taggart .8
Gary McCutcheon .9

Bench
Joe Gormley
Barry Johnston
Dermot McVeigh
Peter Steele
Rory Donnelly
Denver Gage .5
Curtis Woods .18
Eamonn Murray .7
Conor Downey .15
Jordan Baker .14

Substitutions
Barry Johnston for Ronan Scannell (63)
Joe Gormley for Stephen Garrett (84)
Jordan Baker for Michael Smith (54)
Denver Gage for Alan Teggart (73)
Eamonn Murray for Gavin Taggart (78)

Cautions
John Convery (60)
Liam Fleming (84)
Aaron Stewart (29)
Michael Smith (67)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Raymond Crangle (Belfast) (Referee)



Match Report


BALLYMENA United came from behind three times at Solitude to secure victory in a pulsating Carling IFA Premiership fixture thanks to an 86th minute Gary McCutcheon winner.

It started so badly for the visiting Sky Blues though as Gavin Taggart's inexplicable headed backpass fell short and was latched onto by Cliftonville marksman Chris Scannell who coolly slotted past goalkeeper Aaron Kerr who had returned to the side in favour of Dwayne Nelson.

The Braidmen found an equalizer on 23 minutes when Ally Teggart's fantastic defence splitting pass allowed makeshift striker Mark Surgenor time to race through and slot the ball under former team-mate Ryan Brown in the home goal.

Parity only lasted less than two minutes when it was the ever-dangerous Scannell who grabbed his second of the game looping a header into the top corner with Kerr grasping for air and giving the North Belfast side the lead again.

United hauled themselves back into the game again when former Cliftonville defender Tony Kane fired a deft free-kick around the wall and sent the travelling United contigent into raptures – this was the former Blackburn Rovers player's first goal for Ballymena United.

However, again the United fans had barely sat down before they were behind again. This time confusion reigned in the penalty area when Kerr tangled with a team-mate leaving John Convery on hand to stab home the Reds' third in front of their home supporters.

Heads didn't drop though and for the third time in the game United equalized! A long ball which wasn't dealt with by the home defence was pounced on by the deadly McCutcheon who struck an inch-perfect half volley into the roof of the net giving Brown no chance.

Unlike before, it was the Sky Blues who pushed on an with four minutes remaining it was the Scottish striker McCutcheon who raced free of a static Cliftonville defence and with consummate ease, slipped the ball past Brown before wheeling away to savour the disbelief of his adoring travelling supporters.

The win secures Roy Walker's 100% away record this season, however improvements will be required at home next week to Coleraine as United are still winless at Warden Street.

Match report written by Official Ballymena United website



Squad Statistics (as at September 10th, 2011)


2011-2012 All Time
Age
Aaron Kerr (GK)28 4 - 6 -
Mark Surgenor25 618310
Liam Watson29 2 - 2 -
Tony Kane24 5151
Aaron Stewart21 8 - 1032
Richard Vauls20 3 - 3 -
Allan Jenkins29 7 - 7 -
Gavin Taggart26 5 - 633
Michael Smith19 3 - 6 -
Alan Teggart24 7171
Gary McCutcheon32 875222
Denver Gage (sub)24 4 - 391
Eamonn Murray (sub)23 5 - 4310
Jordan Baker (sub)22 6464



League Table (as at September 10th, 2011)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 7 6 0 1 12 18
2. Portadown 7 5 0 2 7 15
3. Cliftonville 7 4 1 2 2 13
4. Coleraine 7 2 4 1 4 10
5. Crusaders 7 3 1 3 2 10
6. Glentoran 7 3 1 3 0 10
7. Donegal Celtic 7 4 0 3 -4 12
8. BALLYMENA UTD 7 3 1 3 -1 10
9. Dungannon 7 2 1 4 -3 7
10. Carrick 7 2 1 4 -5 7
11. Distillery 7 2 1 4 -7 7
12. Glenavon 7 0 1 6 -7 1

* - Table split into two divisions of six.