Ballymena United 1
Coleraine 5
League (IFA Premiership)


Ballymena United
1 - 5
Coleraine 

League (IFA Premiership)
Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 1,758
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Aaron Stewart (10)
Curtis Allen (6)
Leon Knight (21)
Curtis Allen (62)
Leon Knight (66)
David Scullion (88)

Team Managers
Roy Walker
Oran Kearney

Starting Eleven
20. Wayne Drummond
6. Aaron Stewart
2. Tony Kane
4. Richard Vauls
22. Liam Watson
10. Allan Jenkins
12. Alan Teggart
15. Conor Downey
19. Michael Smith
14. Jordan Baker
9. Gary McCutcheon
Michael Doherty
Aaron Canning
Damien McNulty
David Ogilby
Jonathan Black
Darren McCauley
Stephen Lowry
Gareth Tommons
Leon Knight
Shane Jennings
Curtis Allen

Bench
13. Mark Surgenor
5. Denver Gage
16. David Munster
8. Gavin Taggart
7. Eamonn Murray
Shane Jennings
Leon Knight
Curtis Allen
Howard Beverland
Gavin Cullen

Substitutions
Gavin Taggart for Michael Smith (54)
Eamonn Murray for Conor Downey (65)
Denver Gage for Richard Vauls (67)
Ryan McIlmoyle for Shane Jennings (63)
Ciaran Clarke for Leon Knight (87)
David Scullion for Curtis Allen (87)

Cautions
Tony Kane (74)
Stephen Lowry (61)
David Ogilby (76)
Jonathan Black (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Raymond Hetherington (Referee)


Match Report


BALLYMENA United fell to a humilating five goal defeat to Oran Kearney's Coleraine at the Showgrounds on Saturday.

In front of a good crowd at the Ballymena Showgrounds, it was the visiting Bannsiders who took an early lead when Johnny Black launched a long throw into the home penalty area on six minutes which wasn't cleared allowing Curtis Allen to nip in and knock the ball past Wayne Drummond, on his United debut, in goal.

That lead only lasted four minutes though as the Sky Blues drew level after a shaky start as defender Aaron Stewart rose highest above a static Coleraine defence to head home Ally Teggart's corner. This was the Magherafelt man's first goal of the season.

Coleraine regained the lead again on 21 minutes, Curtis Allen's cross was poorly cleared by Tony Kane straight against the back of Liam Watson and the ball fell to former Brighton striker Leon Knight who punished United's defence frailities with little hesitation as he played a one-two with McCauley before drilling home.

With United hanging on for dear life into the second half and up until the 62nd minute when Curtis Allen again got on the scoresheet when he applied a final touch to Stephen Lowry's to put the visiting Coleraine men 3-1 ahead.

United visibly wilted before their supporters' very eyes as four minutes later the game was put beyond them when substitute Ryan McIlmoyle played a long ball over the top for Leon Knight to latch onto and having already outpaced Stewart he struck an unstoppable effort past Drummond into the bottom corner.

As the torrential rain started to pour at Warden Street, the humiliation was completed two minutes from time when David Scullion broke free from the static home defence and finished well for the fifth goal for Oran Kearney's side and in turn compounding a miserable afternoon for Ballymena United.

Very few positives to take from this game as but for debutant goalkeeper Wayne Drummond signed from Rangers last week, the scoreline could have been worse. The Sky Blues are back in action next Saturday with a trip to the Oval to face Glentoran.

Match report written by Official Ballymena United website



Squad Statistics (as at September 17th, 2011)


2011-2012 All Time
Age
Wayne Drummond (GK)19 1 - 1 -
Liam Watson29 3 - 3 -
Aaron Stewart21 911043
Tony Kane24 6161
Richard Vauls20 4 - 4 -
Conor Downey29 2 - 2 -
Alan Teggart24 8181
Michael Smith19 4 - 7 -
Allan Jenkins29 8 - 8 -
Gary McCutcheon32 975322
Jordan Baker22 7474
Denver Gage (sub)24 5 - 401
Gavin Taggart (sub)26 6 - 643
Eamonn Murray (sub)23 6 - 4410



League Table (as at September 17th, 2011)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 8 6 0 2 10 18
2. Portadown 8 6 0 2 9 18
3. Cliftonville 8 4 2 2 2 14
4. Coleraine 8 3 4 1 8 13
5. Glentoran 8 4 1 3 5 13
6. Crusaders 8 3 2 3 2 11
7. Donegal Celtic 8 4 1 3 -4 13
8. BALLYMENA UTD 8 3 1 4 -5 10
9. Dungannon 8 2 2 4 -3 8
10. Distillery 8 2 2 4 -7 8
11. Carrick 8 2 1 5 -10 7
12. Glenavon 8 0 2 6 -7 2

* - Table split into two divisions of six.